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Why the Correct Artwork Matters in Home Staging

A dining room with a table, chairs, and settings. A large piece of artwork is overlooking the table.

Staging your home with art can be a great way to add personality and style to any space. It also helps to create a sense of warmth and makes a room feel more inviting to potential buyers. That’s why the correct artwork matters in home staging. However, artwork that doesn’t suit your home will work against the cohesive, elevated look you’re trying to create. Instead, it can make your decor feel chaotic, and make your space seem overwhelming.

If you’re putting in the time and effort to bring decor into your staged home, you want to make sure it’s not working against you. Before you make a decision about the art you want to include, it’s crucial to keep a few key points in mind. Here are the elements that play a role in choosing the right artwork.

Your Home’s Features

A living room with a lot of natural lighting looking into the seating area. There are two large pieces of artwork on the walls.

The great thing about using appropriate artwork is that it can be used to highlight a home’s best features. This should always be your goal when staging your home. Take inventory of what you want buyers to notice about your home, and then see how you might enhance these features with art.

Think about where you want to focus your potential buyer’s eye. For example, you can include a tall piece of art to draw the eye up to a home’s lofted ceilings. If a room is smaller, it’s best to focus on maximizing the space. Also consider how much natural and artificial light there is in a room when deciding what should be on display.

Color, Style, and Size

A dining room with a large white and gold map painting hung above the seating area.

The kind of art you choose can either be helpful or cause too much distraction in a room. You don’t want it to be too busy. That said, try to avoid art that is too loud or colorful. Also, think about which size would be best. Artwork that is too large can overpower the room, while artwork that is too small can be lost in the space.

If you’re overwhelmed by your options, keep in mind that abstract typically works well for staging. This is a general rule of thumb, but you can choose from different paintings or vibrant photographs. You just want to find something that suits the style of your home. Still, be mindful of using art that’s too modern or bold, as it can quickly steal the attention of your potential buyer.

Height and Arrangement

A living room seating area with multiple pieces of artwork and mirrors arranged on the walls.

The placement of your artwork can make a drastic difference in how it adds to a room. Generally, artwork should be hung at eye level to have the greatest impact. Also, consider if you’ll have one large piece or a grouping of a few pieces. You can mix and match sizes and colors to create a more interesting visual, as long as they complement each other.

Think of how the artwork will fit with the furniture you’re using, and try to hang pieces that are sizes and shapes that work well with the overall decor. There’s nothing that throws a room off like choosing a random variety of pieces that don’t relate to each other. If you’re feeling creative, it can be great to create a carefully crafted gallery wall. You can do this by incorporating mirrors and other wall hangings.

Schedule a Home Staging Consultation

We hope this post helped shed some light on why the correct artwork matters in home staging and gave you some ideas for what to choose. There’s a ton of art out there, but your main focus should be to feature work that will impress everyone who steps into your home. If you need help choosing the right artwork for your home, consider hiring MHM Professional Staging. Schedule a home staging consultation today!

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