They’re pros at tricking the eye — whether you’re selling your house or not.
As a designer and home stager to the stars, Meridith Baer has helped A-listers like Madonna and Brooklyn Decker sell their houses. While she often has the luxury of a large budget to work with, Baer notes that it takes more than just money to sell a space.
From decluttering to rearranging, Baer shares some easy, cost-free tips for revamping your home before you list it.
1. MIX UP YOUR SURFACES.
“To freshen up the look of your home,” Baer says, “remove all of your accessories and books from bookshelves, consoles, and coffee tables, and give each piece a new home.” Bonus: “Moving things around a bit may even help you clear some clutter,” she says.
2. AIM TO MAKE A VISUAL IMPACT.
Add playful style to your home by color-coding your bookshelves. “Group books together by the color of their spines to create a dramatic effect on your shelves,” Baer explains. “Color-blocked books can be almost as striking and powerful as a great piece of art.”
3. SKIP THE FLORIST.
“Sometimes a few blossoming branches in a glass vase with water can be just as striking as an expensive bouquet from the florist,” Baer says. “I often trim a branch here or there off the magnolia trees in my neighborhood when they are in bloom.”
4. CLEAR OFF COUNTERS.
Your bathroom should look like it’s in a hotel. As Baer puts it, “this means a counter free of products except a couple that have pretty packaging.”
5. STYLE YOUR COFFEE TABLE.
“Start with something large and wonderful in the middle,” Baer says. “Try a floral in an interesting pot or a huge bowl filled with something interesting. Then build out from that – stacks of art books, candles, sculpture, or pottery. Make it interesting and change it regularly.”
6. ELEVATE YOUR CURTAINS.
Doing so will elongate your ceilings, a major selling point. “To create an illusion of a taller ceiling or larger windows,” Baer explains, “hang curtains from as high up as possible.”
7. CREATE A BEDROOM SEATING AREA.
Have an extra table and chair? Move it from your living room to your master bedroom. “It seems counterintuitive to pack in more furniture, but if you have the space, put an upholstered chair and a side table in a corner. It’ll give the impression that the room is larger.” And bigger is always better, right?