Do you watch the TV Decorating shows and still don’t know where to start? Do you love the things you own? Do they feel “pulled together” or is there something missing and you can’t figure it out?

prep97Here are a few suggestions when it comes to adding artwork to your room. Like other accessories, artwork can either be disruptive and jarring to the eye or put the perfect touch on any room. You can find many books in stores today loaded with the “do’s and don’ts” of artwork. However, one author’s do is often another’s don’t, so it’s not surprising that decorating with artwork can be a source of confusion.

There are many aspects to choosing artwork to complement your room, but if you get the two basic considerations right, you should be on your way to creating a harmonious element that will enhance your room.

A formal portrait in oil can look very out of place in a casual family room. Likewise, those posters that graced your bedroom walls as a teenager probably aren’t right for the living room. So the first step in choosing artwork for any room is to make sure that the piece is in harmony with the mood and style of the room. Evaluate the artwork by asking the following questions:

Is the piece suitable for formal or casual rooms?

While the formality of a piece can be modified to some extent with the type of frame and mat used, there are pieces which just don’t make the transition well. Artwork should always enhance the mood of the room and, in fact, can play a major role in establishing the appropriate mood.

Is the subject matter of the artwork appropriate for the room?

While many advise restricting depictions of food or dining scenes to the dining room or kitchen, I think it is more a question of the piece’s style and that each piece should be evaluated based on its own character.

The second basic consideration in choosing artwork for your room is the shape and size of the area in which the artwork will hang. If you draw a mental box around the wall space available for the piece, its shape will become immediately apparent to you. As to size, be guided by the size of the wall space as well as the scale of the furnishings immediately surrounding it.

When decorating your home, choosing the right artwork for the right room can be the perfect way to put a great finishing touch on your interior design.

The foyer is an important part of the average Canadian home, as it is primarily an entryway or room adjacent to the entrance or front door. It is the welcoming area, theprep95 first thing that greets people when they step into your house. Initially, the foyer was designed to be an airlock that kept the cold air from coming in to the warmer areas of the home, as well as storage for outer garments, shoes, or umbrellas.

In your home staging efforts, the foyer can play a very important role in creating a lasting first impression in the minds of your potential home buyers. If your foyer looks welcoming or inviting to clients, it sets a good mood as they tour your property. On the other hand, if your foyer is unappealing or cluttered, it makes clients have a negative expectation of the rest of your home for sale.

Start with a table or shelf

The foyer will look more functional and lived-in with a table or shelf where keys, mail, or other items can be left upon entering the home. To make the foyer come alive, you can use bright-colored tablecoth or fabrics to decorate the table. Personal items such as family photos are not recommended to be decorated when you are staging the home, so substitute other pieces of art or sculpture.

Keep the foyer well-lighted

The foyer should be bright and well-lit to evoke a cheerful, bright disposition for the prep96rest of the home. Keep as much natural light entering the foyer as possible; otherwise, artificial lighting such as lamps or sconces would suffice.

A mirror wouldn’t hurt

Mirrors create an illusion of space, and this is particularly helpful if your foyer has limited space and you can’t really do much when it comes to extending or adding to it. You can also position the mirror so it captures and reflects more natural light onto the foyer. In any case, people like to look at mirrors and see how they look, so this is also a functional part of the foyer.

Chairs are awesome

If you already have a table in your foyer, a chair (or chairs) would create a cozier feel, and make it look more relaxed as people enter. It also provides a functional area that helps people when they take off their shoes before entering the house.

We all know that the ultimate dining experience isn’t all about just the food. The ambiance and feel of the dining area also does much to create a memorable moment with family and friends gathered to enjoy a meal. In home staging, the main goal is to create a space that allows potential home buyers to imagine themselves and their family enjoying the different rooms and areas of the house. When it comes to the dining room, your selection of dining chairs would be crucial to staging success.

Home buyers are looking for more than just a functional space to eat or share meals with the rest of the family. Just like the other parts of the home, buyers want form and function combined, and they are looking for a dining area that looks open and welcoming, and goes with the theme of the rest of the house, but also serves its main purpose which is to provide an area for the residents to eat. Dining chairs are not just furniture items for family members to sit during meals, but also complement the dining table and the rest of the dining area, and keep everyone comfortable while eating.

Style should match the overall home design

There are different styles of dining chairs, and what you choose should be in line with your dining area’s staging plan, as well as the rest of the home’s. For more formal dining areas, for instance, recommended dining chair would be velvet-padded or with satin covers and elegant patterns that add a touch of understated sophistication; anything too loud or brightly-colored would be distracting.

On the other hand, contemporary dining rooms would require chairs with thicker padding and covers such as leather, suede, or synthetic materials, as these chairs go well with dark wood or clear glass tables. Another option for contemporary dining chairs would be benches or booth-style seating.prep94

Meanwhile, for minimalist-styled dining areas, very simple chairs with simple lines and patterns and very little to no detail would blend well. There are also minimalist chairs with no padding, fabric, or backrests, depending on your dining table. Dark wood or metal are usual materials for a minimalist dining room chair, and usual colors for fabrics or seat covers would be white, black, or gray.

Experiment

On the other hand, mixing and matching various styles can also work for dining chairs if properly selected. For instance, if your very formal dining area needs just a little touch of casual flair to lighten up the mood, installing dining chairs with a unique color or design pattern, or perhaps even different-colored dining chairs for variety.