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Is staging a house for sale just another way to get money out of a homeowner’s pocket? The act of decorating a house to make it sell faster actually does make sense when you understand what goes on in a buyer’s mind before they make the decision to bid on a house. Buying real estate is a very emotional decision. Yes, the numbers have some impact on the decision, but overall the most important factor taken into account by a potential buyer is if they can actually see themselves living in the house for many happy years to come.

How Home Decor Helps Them Feel Welcome We know that colors and spacing can promote a mood in your home that can help potential home buyers feel welcome. Artwork can give spaces a specific look and feel too and draw the eye to highlight features in a home. To increase buying appeal in your decorative efforts use:Light – If windows are blocked by overgrown trees, they are robbing you of buyers. The light that comes in to a home has to be maximized because as Barbara Corcoran, real estate magnum from Shark Tank, likes to put it: “Light sells homes.” Reduce draperies, window blinds, and bring in as much light as possible to sell that house. Schedule showings during the day. It may be in your best interest to hire a real estate agent to help with decor and placement.

Color – Maximize light with soft, neutral, colors. You might think bright white is the perfect color to maximize light, but the quality of light is important too. Home buyers want to be soothed into that purchase, so that off whites and beige tones are better for home sales. It gives homes a romantic and warm feel that brings out loving feelings in the buyer, unlike a harsh, bright, white that makes them feel like the space is cold and uninviting.

Space – Create the illusion of space to make a home look bigger. Reduce clutter to a minimum to create space. Make sure the furniture is positioned so as not to block traffic and thus feel like the space is jammed.

How To Add Fine Decor and Artwork Using These Design Elements

Now that we’ve told you how important it is to use light, color, and space to sell a home and why, you can use that information to position design pieces around the home in expert ways. You should remember to:

Use Small Numbers of Pieces – There is a rule of three, in that if you must have more than one decorative feature on a shelf or a wall, use the “Rule of Three” and group them in a collection of three pieces. This works great for large artwork in 3 panels on a blank wall or even for fine collectibles on a shelf or desk. Group them in groups of three around the home or use a single, large, piece of artwork to draw attention to a fireplace or large cathedral ceiling.

Space Them Correctly – Hang artwork at eye-level so that people walking into the room can easily view it. It also helps to make the ceilings look higher.

Use Soothing Themes and Tones – Go for soothing tones and themes that make anyone feel at home. Artwork with landscapes and flowers can bring the outdoors inside and make it seem like there is even more light in the house, like it’s an extra window looking outside.

How To Make It Look Like a Million Bucks

To understand how to use fine art and decor to make your house look like a million bucks, take a look at this video. We like the way it takes a totally empty space and walks you through the process of decorating it for sale and the reason some of the choices were made by the designer. By seeing how others have done it, you can imitate them and be well on your way to making your home sell faster with expert design and decorating advice from the masters.