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SI­MON GILL, DI­REC­TOR AND OWNER OF IN­TE­RIOR CON­CEPTS HOMESTAGING

+ What styling mis­takes do peo­ple make when pre­par­ing their home for sale? It ranges from not mak­ing enough ef­fort to over­do­ing it. There are those that overdo colour so you need sun­glasses to view their ad. Clut­tered bed­rooms, bath­rooms and kitchens just look messy.

+ What’s one thing ev­ery home-seller should do? Hav­ing a great set of pho­tos is para­mount. In or­der to achieve fab­u­lous pho­tos you need to do a bit of styling. De­clut­ter your ac­ces­sories and art and move fur­ni­ture that is not to scale out of the way. Pho­tos look best when there’s air around ob­jects so even if you have to push items out of view, it’s well worth the ef­fort.

+ Tips for styling a house to get the best re­sults?

I rec­om­mend hir­ing a professional. But if you de­cide to do it your­self, look at up­dat­ing your ac­ces­sories to some­thing more on trend. Gold or brass ac­cents are warm­ing and contemporary. House plants give a sense of nur­tur­ing (pro­vided they are healthy) and, of course, add some fresh cut flow­ers. Re­hang art in groups. Use dif­fer­ent frames and sizes in a bal­anced way to make an im­pact. There’s noth­ing worse than see­ing art hung too high or a small art­work placed on a large wall sim­ply be­cause there was a hook there when you moved in.

Con­sider ev­ery room in your home through the eyes of a po­ten­tial buyer. Per­haps the study should be pre­sented as a third bed­room to at­tract fam­i­lies, for ex­am­ple.

Make any out­door space as live­able as pos­si­ble to en­able peo­ple to en­vis­age spend­ing time out­side. Use out­door so­fas or lounge chairs to make it seem like an­other room; this feels much more so­cia­ble than a ta­ble set­ting and adds value to any home, no mat­ter what the price bracket.

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