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3 Ways To Stage An Open Space Dining & Family Room

Studies have shown that buyers often prefer a home with the impression of more space. The trend of open space concepts have become the norm for many homes as a result. One of the common issues we are brought in to solve time and time again though is on how to actually stage an open space floor plan.

This before and after property in Rolling Meadows is a perfect example of how our interior design team can stage an open space concept to defined living areas and maximize usage. If you are a REALTOR looking to enhance your vacant property, here are three ways this open space family room was staged to better attract the buyer’s eye.

Vacant Home Staging: Before

Vacant Home Staging: After

This room features a wall of beautiful sliding glass doors and dining room windows. That paired with a centerpiece fireplace, this room is ripe with the opportunity to show off its light and open space.

1. Make The Most Of A Small Dining Room

One of the challenges of this dining room is that a pathway cuts directly through to get to the back family room. To fully utilize the dining room and to create as much walkway as possible, the interior designers selected a circular table with white upholstered chairs as opposed to a rectangular or square shape.

“There is a reason why banquets and conference centers commonly use circular tables for their events,” says Margaret Gehr, Founder and Co-Owner of Chicagoland Home Staging. “It allows for more seating and can be arranged more creatively to offer more space to a room.”

As a result of a circular arrangement, the interior designers have given the impression of a complete seating area without overfilling the space. A matching buffet table gives added functionality to the room and mirrors the dining table’s aesthetics with a tall light feature.

2. Enhance Your Focal-Feature Areas

As the interior design team turned their attention to the back family room they introduced furniture and seating that complemented the bones of the space. These include the fireplace and sliding doors.

“When you are looking to stage a space with a fireplace, consider incorporating a mirror above to draw attention upward,” says Kathy Lobkovich, Co-Owner of Chicagoland Home Staging. “This expands the illusion of space and increases the light reflection around the room. It also gives more weight to the fireplace as a focal feature.”

Continuing the plan of enhancing the focal features of the room, the interior designers turned their attention to the tall sliding doors. Adding arm chairs that sit low and a smaller accent table allows movement around the furniture and access to the doors. It also allows that wall to continue to be utilized for seating.

“Most homeowners may avoid placing furniture in front of a sliding glass door because they don’t want to block the way or prevent light from entering,” says Margaret. “Selecting smaller furniture and creating a setting of three still allows a person to navigate the space behind while using the area for additional seating.”

3. Liven The Senses With Greenery Indoors

Notice the tall white floral arrangement on the dining table and tall greenery in the back corner. These elements were added by the inter design team to draw attention to blank areas and move the eye around the room.

Studies have shown that added greenery in a space creates a more welcoming environment and appeal for visitors and homeowners. Selecting vertical indoor trees and centerpieces like the ones shown add height to the room and cause the eye to move upward. 

Partner To Join Our REALTOR Network

Over the decades, Chicagoland Home Staging has continued to be the leader in staging a home that compels the buyer. Partnerships with us goes beyond home staging design services. We become part of your extended home sales team, much like a marketing expert or handyman. In addition, we refer clients to trusted real estate agents with whom we regularly work, adding value to our REALTOR network and sellers.

This before and after is just one example of what our team can do for you, contact us today to learn how your listings can benefit from home staging. Contact Chicagoland Home Staging for an instant home quote in DuPage County! 

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