It’s the holidays and many of us will be hosting guests. It’s such a wonderful time of year but it can also be stressful. Putting on the big meal is just one part of it. You want to be the “hostess with the mostess” and ensure your guests feel welcome and have a memorable time. Part of that is making sure your house looks its best even if you don’t have the time to deep clean.
Use these quick staging tricks from expert lifestyle photographer Nancy Mitchell to make your home look Instagram worthy in 10 minutes or less.
Cut the Clutter
Almost everybody has spots of clutter—a box over here, a pile of papers over there. You may barely even notice it, because you’re so used to seeing them. A neat trick for spotting clutter that you can no longer see is to take a picture of your home. This will help you see it through new eyes, and maybe inspire you to find permanent homes for things that are sitting out.
Take Something Away
Coco Chanel said that you should get dressed, look in the mirror, and then take off one accessory. I would challenge you to do the same thing for your home. So many interiors have too much stuff. And it’s really nice stuff! But, removing one or two items creates a more breathable, relaxing atmosphere, and gives the things that are left a chance to really shine. This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the things you love—move them to another room, or put them in storage, and then rotate them back in (and take something else out) when you’re ready for a change.
Let Your Furniture Breathe
Another trick I often employ is taking furniture pieces and moving them just slightly farther away from one another. Try it! Even a few inches can make a big difference. If you have the space, giving your furniture a little extra room to breathe can give your space a lighter, airier, feel. Another trick? Pulling furniture just a few inches away from the wall.
Embrace the Diagonal
One way to make a picture a little more exciting is to take one thing in the photo and angle it just a bit. You can try this with furniture pieces like accent chairs or ottomans—there’s no rule that says everything has to sit on a grid. By looking at your home like a stylist, you can unlock the potential that’s been there all along.
Mitchell, Nancy. “How To Make Your Home Look 10 Times Better in 10 Minutes Or Less.” Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy, LLC., 12 Sept. 2019, www.apartmenttherapy.com/5-tricks-to-make-your-home-look-10x-better-in-10-minutes-or-less-247666.