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Using Furnishings and Accessories to Offset Bland Colours

When staging any home in Toronto, Design to Impress places emphasis in accessorizing. Adding accessories to a room can offset bland colours, in addition to creating a harmonic atmosphere. However, adding an accessory here and there is not as simple as it sounds.

Our home stagers like to mix up accessories and place them in odd numbers. For example, if pillows are added to a couch, two pillows may look out of place, even lonely. Four pillows may clutter the seats. Three pillows, all in different sizes, can make the sofa look warm and inviting.

Design to Impress will use different sizes to accessorize. If a few vases are placed on a table, you will likely see the largest vase in the front and the smallest one in the back, which adds depth to the table it’s sitting on. Whatever the accessory is, even tough it may vary in size, each piece will have something in common with its set.

For example, candles of different heights and shapes will be unified by colour. The differences between the similar candles would draw the eye to the object. Candles of the same size, shape and colour would not. The common denominator can be anything, even texture or theme, so long as it complements the furniture and atmosphere surrounding it.

Sometimes accessories are singular: mirrors, lamps and clocks, for example. In such cases, they should be accompanied by accessories that can be triangulated somewhere close to it. A mirror or clock on a wall may be perpendicular to a series of picture frames on another, grouped in threes, all varying in size and length, and hung asymmetrically.

Contact Design to Impress to learn how they use accessories when staging a home in Toronto.

Why Use Window Valances When Staging a Home?

Why Use Window Valances When Staging a Home in Toronto?

One of the techniques Design to Impress uses when staging a home involves valence treatments, which are used accentuate a window’s design.

Window valances are hung from the top to cover up the ugliness of hardware. With the right fabric, valances can become the focal point of bedrooms, living rooms and common areas.

Unlike drapes, which hang down and are voluminous, window valances tend to be minimal, using less fabric, making them less expensive than drapery. Valances showcase the architecture of a window, without blocking it.

Window valances come in various fabrics and colours, and be used on any window, modern or traditional. Valence styles include swag (seen on mostly modern windows), balloon (more extravagant), empire (adaptable to any style), and cornices (made of wood).

Toronto’s home stagers, Design To Impress, use valances as a secret weapon to give any interior a whole new look, without replacing the window itself.

Which Rooms Do Home Stagers Hang Drapery In?

Which Rooms Do Home Stagers in Toronto Hang Drapery In?High ceilings and drapery go hand-in-hand. While blinds and valences can compliment any window type just fine, Design to Impress likes to showcase tall rooms with elegant drapes and detailed curtains.

Once a rod is installed above a tall room’s window, drapery is either hung in front of or beside of it. While the curtains will be covering up the rod they hang from, decorative hardware is available for aesthetic purposes, when shades are open.

Aside from coming in a variety of styles and fabrics, drapery can really block out the light on a bright day, offering shade or complete darkness for those in need of a daytime nap.

Blinds and valances may be easier to clean (depending on their type) by the homeowner, but most drapes are cleaned by professionals, due to their length.

Make a Room Look Homey With Wall Art and Photos

Reading Room Beside Balcony, 301 Cedarvale, Toronto

When staging homes, Design to Impress likes to get creative with wall art. The process of decorating your walls isn’t as simple as hanging a frame on any surface. The purpose of wall art is to call attention to the room’s surface colour, and showcase the size of individual areas. Art on walls make rooms look less mundane and more homey.

Whether the frame contains pictures, posters or paintings, each piece will be hung in patterns and groups. Hanging prints in symmetrical alignments won’t catch a buyer’s eye, and as such, the room’s surroundings won’t give them pause to look around.

The wall art will be hung at eye level. Each home will differ, as men and women all vary in height. Based on the size of the room, the home stager will be able to pinpoint where exactly the pieces will be placed. No piece will be left on the floor or leaning against furniture, as doing so would make a room’s staging process incomplete.

The size of the wall art will be coordinated with the size of your walls. The home stager will likely place the largest piece on your biggest wall. That said, not every wall will contain art. Likely, the smallest or narrowest wall in the room will be bare.

Our home stagers will not convolute your surfaces with a mix of artwork. Some walls will contain posters only, while others will be exclusive to photos. Another wall may be limited to paintings or sketches. With that in mind, any art on a wall will be non-controversial. If you have nudist paintings or religious posters, count on those to be taken down. The buyer needs to see themselves living in the space, and artwork customized to your personality will scare them away. Instead, the home stager will decorate your walls with are pieces containing beautiful imagery, perhaps showing nature or animals, motivational posters or colourful paintings.

Wall hangings aren’t limited to a picture in a glass frame. Creative artwork, including decorative masks, ceramic plates and hand-crafted sculptures may be featured, assuming they are colour coordinated with the rest of the room (and light enough to hang).

You can depend on the home stager hanging art on your walls without ruining surfaces. They will most likely use hangers that can be peeled of the wall, but are strong enough to carry the art. The buyer will want to see that there won’t be an added cost of patching up drywall upon potentially purchasing your home.

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