Layers in anything create interest. From food to film, stacking things on top of each other makes the whole better. When you properly layer your clothing in cold weather, you stay warm. And when you layer your decor, you get a much more pleasing result. But layers in decor doesn’t mean clutter. Here’s how to build pleasing layers into your decor for a warm, welcoming, and uncluttered staging environment.
Here are 5 keys to achieve calm, uncluttered staging:
1. Use Layers
Layers in anything create interest. From food to film, stacking things on top of each other makes the whole better. Layers in a landscape painting make you want to go explore. Layers in clothing keep you warm in cold weather.
And when you layer your decor, you get a much more pleasing result. But layers in decor doesn’t mean clutter. Here’s how to build pleasing layers into your decor for a warm, welcoming, and uncluttered staging environment.
- Stand in your room and look for layers. What colors are present? Color is often the foundational layer in any room. Look at the furniture color, drapery, and other large pieces. Do these color layers add vibrancy and warmth to the space?
- What patterns are present? From fabrics to wall art to flooring — are they working together to create harmony or are they clashing?
- Is your lighting layered throughout the room? Consider your main light source, supplemental light and mood lighting. This can include pendant lights, recessed lights, track lighting, lamps, and spot lighting. Can you dim some lighting to create a new ambiance? How can these layers play to create a new vibe in the room? (This article discusses lighting in more detail, especially during Portland’s darker winter months.)
- What accessories can be added? Think about these as the jewelry of the room. Just the right touch adds class, too much can make a room feel stuffy and forced. Can you add a vase of fresh flowers? How about a set of candlesticks? Your accessories should be the memory invoking pieces in the room, the ones that make you smile as you settle in.
2. Use Texture
Home design trends have changed during Covid. For added warmth and a welcoming feel, make sure you include textures throughout the room. What is texture? It’s using the pieces in a room to add visual interest and tactile variation. The combination of hard, soft, shiny, matte, rough, and smooth together in an artful way. It’s the soft, fluffy throw blanket over the back of your leather chair. And the wicker next to the metal of the floor lamp.
3. Decorate with Plants
You can literally breathe life into a room by adding plants. They promote a peaceful atmosphere and bring a sense of health and beauty to any room. Plants also have an uncanny ability to evoke emotion and create warmth. And all you need it a handful to transform an entire home.
4. Add Earthy Accents
Make sure you have an ample supply of natural elements in the room. Whether it’s wicker, wood, stone, or faux fur, these pieces will bring warmth and comfort to your space. These can be anything from a natural fiber rug, a raw wood edge on a table, or branches in a vase or seashells on a coffee table.
5. Analyze the Final Result
After you’ve gone through all these steps, take a step back to look at the room as a whole. Is there a natural flow? Does your eye move around the room or get stuck somewhere? Make changes as needed to create a pleasant, uncluttered staging atmosphere that invites people to relax. Your buyers will feel the same way when they tour your home.
You might also enjoy this article for even more staging hacks.