Home staging is the art of transforming a property into the kind of home that appeals to as many buyers as possible. One vital aspect of it entails decorating and furnishing the rooms to showcase the potential of the space.
Home staging professionals often rent their materials to deck the house with. But if you're short on budget, and you have a stark, empty home that needs color and character, look to these affordable alternatives and DIY hacks.
Framed scrapbook paper
Wall art is a staple in interior decor, but you can do without an actual painting or photo. Instead, buy a few rolls of scrapbook paper and a dozen or so picture frames. Cut the giftwrapping paper, place them in the frames, and hang them up on the walls. Take a look at this example.
Fresh flower arrangements cost a penny and you'll have to replace them, sooner or later. Fake department store flowers might seem like a good option, but they can cheapen the vibe of the home. Get artsy instead: use crafted flowers -- no watering needed, no wilting, and it adds a pop of color into the home. You can mine online from a wealth of tutorials on the Web.
Secondhand books and magazines
Booksales offer a treasure trove of cheap books and magazines in good condition. Dig around at your local booksale and you'll stumble across a vintage coffee table book at half price or less. Get a bunch of books and magazines -- paperbacks, hardbound editions, back issues of Time or National Geographic -- to decorate the home with. Reading material can add a touch of homey to its ambiance.
Rugs and curtains make a room look comfy and softer around the edges. Curtains are relatively cheap, but large rugs can be expensive. Look for an old rug at a thrift store, or buy a large rubber mat, and upgrade it by covering it in fabric. Follow this tutorial.
Tables are expensive, but less so if you can assemble them yourself from bare plywood from the hardware store. It takes a bit of carpentry know-how, but not much beyond the basics. Check out this collection of easy DIY tables.