Saturday, June 15, 2013

Staging Furniture for a Photo - Calling all Furniture Dealers

 I have received many kind compliments in the last few weeks on my staging and photography. These comments mean a lot to me because I am no expert. I am learning as I go and I appreciate the positive feedback.

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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4 comments:

  1. Great post - I am a big fan of all three bloggers you mentioned too. I am just starting out with advertising my furniture and definitely need to wok on my staging. I have collected a good selection of props that work for different styles but also struggle for a well lit neutral background here as I live in quite a dark old house.
    I am thinking I may need to set my pics outdoors like Melody quite often does. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

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  2. Enjoyed the piece on staging. This is something I have been working hard on this past year. I also like to use items that "fit" the piece I am staging. For example, a farmhouse table might display an oil lamp, an old cutting boards with bread and knife, a crock filled with rolling pins or maybe a low basket filled with old-style wooden clothespins.

    Another fabulous stager on my list to watch is Dionne at the The Turquoise Iris http://theturquoiseiris.blogspot.com/Torquoise. Her staging is perfection in my opinion. She uses colored glass, framed artwork and rugs in layers and it is never overdone or busy.

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  3. Beautiful designs. I love buying this kind of beautiful design furniture for my home. "Miss Mustard Seed" is really beautiful Recently nI have bount some Custom furniture from Jarrimber. they are very beautiful.

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  4. Do you have any suggestions for staging photographs when you don't have any neutral walls available? I have a very colorful house, and bright yellow of deep browns don't work with everything unfortunately. Do you ever stage outside? Or is that too distracting?

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