Home Staging Secrets: See a Complete Living Room Transformation!

By Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.
June 18, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

Sometimes, staging a home requires little more than some rearranging! Other times, a complete overhaul is necessary. But whether it’s a little or a lot, the right staging technique can really get your home sale-ready.

Today, we’re going to discuss a home that one of my staging classes recently staged in Boston. This living room was dark, dreary and cluttered – definitely not suitable for showing to prospective buyers! Take a look:

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In order to transform this room, there were three key steps we had to take:

1. Brighten it up. We did this by removing the curtains. Window treatments can often be a great accent to a room, but in this case they were only making the room appear smaller and darker than it actually was.

2. Remove the unnecessary. We got rid of a lot of clutter – including the unnecessary ottoman, side table, rug, and other knickknacks that were laying around and causing clutter.

3. Add a finishing touch. For a room that appeared so cluttered, it was actually astounding how few decorations there actually were in the room! We added a simple coffee table to balance out the space, and placed a couple of decorative touches, including a small vase with flowers and a candle. It really was as simple as that!

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Photo Credits: Cathy Hobbs. Staged by a Cathy Hobbs Home Staging Class

Want to learn more about home staging? Check out one of my Home Staging Classes. The next classes take place on July 11th in Seattle, WA and July 18th in Dallas, TX!

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Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.