I feel like I have gotten it down to a method that works for me.
And let's be honest... A great photograph can really sell a buyer on a piece of furniture.
Here are some tips I use to stage my furniture for photos.
1. Choose a neutral background and great light - I have 3 places in my house in which I can photograph nicely. Each place has a background that is nondescript and can work for multiple pieces. It must also contain an abundance of natural light. That really is the only way to get a great photograph.
2. Choose items with pops of color - Color, color and more color! You want to add interest to your piece by adding layers of color. This will keep the reader's eye on your photo longer. I love to dry hydrangeas. They keep their color and look fresh year round. This photo was taken in February and the flowers look fantastic.
3. Add some texture - Texture is another way to add interest to your photo. Notice that I have glass, burlap, canvas and baskets. Each has a very different texture that grabs the light differently. Flowers and paper also add nice texture to a piece.
4. Use varying heights - Heights will help balance your photograph. I had a long and skinny piece of furniture that needed to be balanced out. I used the existing window and 2 more frames to add height to the photo. The flowers also add a punch of color.
5. Cluster - Grouping items can also add depth and interest to your piece. Groups of books, vases, ironstone or frames all work nicely.
To help achieve the look you want... visit a good garage sale or flea market. This is a great way to gather inexpensive items to assist in your staging. Try and find items that can be versatile. Watch my photos, there are a few small pieces that I like to use often.
Hopefully this will help you feel more comfortable in your staging and help you sell, sell, sell!
Visit these talented bloggers for more staging inspiration:
1. Miss Mustard Seed
2. Melody from My Passion for Decor
3. Knack Studios
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