Everything tastes better in moderation, don’t you think?… We love surrounding ourselves with possessions and display our artifacts to tell the story of our lives. The more the better, we think. Styling discipline however works wonders, especially when selling property. The paradox is that it looks like it requires the least amount of resources, like time or props. Sometimes its true. Undoubtedly, it looks luxuries, refined and understated. Here are 5 tips that will help you install minimal staging for your listing.

1. Minimal styling calls for minimal design of props

Ikea valje, minimal styling
Photo by Ragnar Ómarsson for IKEA

Notice that in above photo the props are very streamlined. Simple, geometrical shapes enable your eye to have visual rest. Cubical boxes, round vases. That’s all, no trumpery.

2. Modern props

natural minimalism
Source: Nordic Design

Use primarily contemporary objects, but don’t forget to add some old and vintage to balance it out!

3. Lots of negative space = less objects = less visual chaos

Source: Stadshem

You need space to breath freely. It makes the view spacious and calm. That’s exactly what you need, especially when dealing with small space.

4. Neutral pallet with high contrast

organic minimalism
Photography by Rory Gardiner via Remodelista

The old school was to use bright colors, but that look is harsh and synthetic. Stick to natural materials/colors. You will need to add a bit of drama, otherwise it might get too mellow – that’s where black comes in.

5. Add human touch to make it appealing

minimal styling bedroom
Styling Emma Fischer Via Entrance Makleri, photography by Anders Bergstedt

The details – it can be art, lots of books, wrinkled bedding, plants and flowers. Or drink in the glass. Anything that says the story you want to convey. But don’t go crazy, remember rule #3.

And how do you style? Do you like minimal staging? Do you think it works?

Featured image source: Stdshem

More on minimal design on our blog.

Ola Mochol

Femepreneur, Stager, Team Leader. Helps realtors and home owners transform empty listings into homes.


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