How To Avoid Distractions When You Stage Your Painted Furniture. #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon

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SQUIRREL! Make sure you edit out any distractions such as outlets, trash can’s, piles of clothes, random objects, etc., when you stage your painted furniture. You only have a second to grab the attention of your audience! There are plenty of free picture-editing apps to help in this area! The “healing” tool will help get rid of any of these unnecessary distractions.

I do not recommend using a mirror as a prop if you can get away with it because of the reflection/picture in the mirror can turn a potential client away (a pile of dirty laundry laying in the floor, or a trash can full of trash).  If you have a mirror, and it is a part of the sale, then make sure the reflection is clean and free of any distractions. Try and slightly tilt the mirror up towards the ceiling so that the mirror has a blank reflection. You can also blur out the mirror with a photo-editing app, take it outside and use the sky or trees for a reflection, or neatly tape white paper over it. If you like the look of fake (pre-staged) images reflecting in the mirror, there are a few free apps that you can put on your phone that will help in this area. Just remember to keep it simple and clutter free!

For more information on flooring and/or if you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I also cover all the details on my personal staging area!

I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

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How to Stage Your Furniture Effectively: Podcast Hosted by Zibra Painting. #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon

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Last month I had the honor of being interviewed on Zibra’s Podcast with Katie Cloud, owner and artist of, Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations. We talked about how to effectively stage your furniture and provide you with tips on how to stage for success. You can listen to the podcast below!

Season 1  Episode 7

How to stage your furniture effectively: An interview with Katie Cloud and Fallon Yates

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!


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How Proportion Helps With Perspective. #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon

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Proportion is key when taking photos of your furniture. You do not want your piece of furniture to look too small, but you also do not want to make it look larger than it actually is. To help with this, I always try to cover at least 1/2 to 2/3 the length of the piece.  It is important to remember that you do not want to see a lot of “hollow” space between your props, but you also do not want them crammed together. So, keep it simple and clutter free. Start in the middle and work your way out.  As I stated before, you do not want to take away from the piece of furniture, you want to enhance the piece and provide a vision for the potential customer.

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!


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All About FLOORING! #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon

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If you haven’t already, make sure you check out last week’s blog post on Staging Backdrops by clicking HERE.

Flooring is just as important as a backdrop when it comes to staging your painted furniture. Your flooring area should be at least 7.5 ft to 8.5 ft wide and 3.5 ft to 4.5 ft deep. If you only paint small pieces, then your backdrop does not have to be an entire wall, it just needs to be large enough for your small pieces. When designing this space, make sure you have extra space on each side where your piece(s) will be sitting. You want to be able to fit the piece and your staging items in the whole picture and not have anything cut off.

You can use wood planks, pallets, cement, rugs, or buy a box of laminate or hardwood flooring. You can even get a piece of baseboard at a low cost and use it on top of your flooring to make it look more realistic.  If none of these suggestions are an option for you, then you can purchase wallpaper or imitation backdrops, made out of canvas that mimic the look of real wood, stone, etc.  I have linked some examples, but these often look fake.  I would rather your staging area look authentic and natural, opposed to forced. You want try to make your personal staging area look as realistic as possible.

As I stated in last week’s blog post, the purpose of staging is to highlight your beautiful piece of furniture. If your backdrop and/or flooring is too busy, it may take away from the piece. Keep the focus on what’s important so you can hopefully sell your piece quickly.

For more information on flooring and/or if you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I also cover all the details on my personal staging area!

I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!


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All About BACKDROPS! #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon

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Backdrops are really important when it comes to staging your painted furniture. If you are thinking of having a permanent staging area, or even if you’re not, I would suggest having an area where your backdrop/wall is at least 8 ft tall and/or the height of your ceiling.

Backdrops should be a solid color with no distractions in the background (graffiti, electrical outlets, cords, etc.). I recommend your backdrop be neutral, unless you want your brand to have a different look with a certain backdrop that isn’t neutral because it goes with the genre or style of your painted furniture. Composition is very important.

For the purpose of a backdrop, if you don’t have a wall you can use, item’s such as, bead board, paneling, wood planks, shiplap or brick panels work well, too. You could also use a garage door, fence panels, old doors (that are neutral and look similar), the backside of a shed, or the siding, brick, cement, or stucco on the outside of your house. Make sure there are no distractions in the background if you do decide to stage outside (ie: other homes, cars, mailboxes, etc.).

Remember, the purpose of staging is to highlight your beautiful piece of furniture. If your backdrop is too busy, it may take away from the piece. Keep the focus on what’s important so you can hopefully sell your piece quickly.

Make sure you tune in next week because I will be going over FLOORING!

For more information on backdrops and/or if you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I also cover all the details on my personal staging area!

I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!


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The Correct Perspective. #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon

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Today’s Quick Staging Tip:

It’s important to translate the correct perspective when your stage and take pictures of your painted piece of furniture. While you want your piece to be the center of attention, you don’t want to mislead the buyer. Depth, distance and dimension are key. When you’re taking photos of your staged piece, take a front-and-center “eye-level” picture of the piece. This is especially important for the initial photo that everyone sees first. You want the top and bottom to be symmetrical and you don’t want your piece to be cut-off in the photo.

The location and/or angle that you’re taking the photo from will vary depending of the type of furniture your photographing. For example, a tall hutch will be photographed differently compared to a small coffee table. Just keep in mind that one size, or picture in this case, doesn’t fit all!

If you want to learn more about staging and photographing specific types of furniture here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!


Make sure you check out my other #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon blog post tips below to help guide you when you stage your painted furniture!

Staging with Dollar Tree item's

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I feel like this could be a #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon post, but you can seriously find a ton of great things at the Dollar Tree to stage with so I had to make it my #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon blog post today!

Not only do I love to shop at the Dollar Tree for party supplies, school items, coloring books. etc., I also love to shop for staging items!

My favorite items to buy at the Dollar Tree are:

  1. Vases, jars and pots. Spray paint and chalk paint is your friend in this area! You can create so many different looks to fit your staging needs.

  2. Flowers and succulents. I ONLY buy the ones that aren’t super fake looking. They are great for filling bare areas while adding a natural pop of color.

  3. Wreaths, wreath forms and supplies. $1 for a 14” wreath form is a great deal! These are fantastic for making wreaths or you can purchase the grapevines ones and add flower stems to it to create a simple pop of color.

  4. Frames. These are great to re-purpose, spray paint, layer or add quotes to for staging!

  5. Baskets, tin bins, storage jars and containers. So many options with these! Add flowers or plants, pile them together or have them stand alone. They can add texture and dimension to your staging needs without going over bored and without you breaking the bank! When you’re finished staging with them, use them around your house to keep organized!

  6. Plain coffee cups and small milk jug replicas. These are perfect for staging a coffee station, hot coco bar, etc.

  7. Rope and ribbon. These items are great for wrapping around jars, packages and making wreaths!

  8. Fake fruit, vegetables and eggs. For example, if you paint fake carrots and/or eggs they look great for Easter!

  9. Seasonal items. Ceramic pumpkins, tiny Christmas trees, signs, quotes, seasonal floral stems, etc.

    If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon !


Make sure you check out my other #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon blog post tips to help guide you when you stage your painted furniture!

Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide To Staging Your Painted Furniture.

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Once a month I like share my eBook, because I truly do think it will help you when it comes to staging!! So, in case you didn’t already know, I wrote an eBook called Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide To Staging Your Painted Furniture. If you advertise or sell your painted furniture online, then you HAVE to stage it like it's the Virtual Storefront of your business!! As a furniture staging expert, I've seen first hand how staging can make or break a furniture painting business. Let's also not forget that good staging equals a higher dollar for your work, SO, to help you out, I buckled down and spilled ALL of my furniture staging secrets in this eBook. I walk you through, step-by-step from start-to-finish on how to stage your painted furniture! It's a game changer for you and your business!!

Testimonies:

"I first discovered Fallon’s work when she tagged Country Chic Paint in an Instagram post. I was immediately attracted to her light, soft imagery that really makes you feel as though you’ve been welcomed into a shabby chic, country home. She creates clean lines with carefully structured staging that draws your attention and makes you fall head-over-heels for each and every piece she creates!”  – Country Chic Paint

“It is a great pleasure and a boon to our business to have Fallon’s work and photography featured on our website. I can say with certainty that her staging works wonders to increase our hardware sales and I’m sure it does the same for her furniture.”  – D. Lawless Hardware

“Staging is important when photographing and selling your furniture pieces! I love how Fallon at Market House Restorations uses minimal pieces for a clean fresh vibe!” – Old Barn Milk Paint

 “Fallon is one of the best furniture refinishers we have seen. Her talent and knowledge base is extraordinary. We have noticed over the years that many furniture refinishers create phenomenal pieces but dilute the WOW appeal of their piece by poor staging - Fallon incorporates strong yet simple staging techniques, which keep the focus on her beautiful results.” – Zibra Paint

Click here to purchase my eBook! The small investment is well worth it!!

Staging Your Painted Furniture With Old Books

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Thank you for stopping by to today’s quick tip on staging your painted furniture:

I love to stage with old hardback books! They are great because they don’t cost too much money to purchase, they come in many different colors and they do a great job balancing out decor. They are a nice way to add character without going overboard! Here is a quick overview of what you can do with them:

1. Keep them as-is

2. Stack the books as high as you want or need

3. Stand the books up and go as far across as you need

4. Turn the books around backwards and let the pages show if you want a more neutral look

5. Vary the colors or go with a solid color

6. Paint them

7. Tear off the cover and show the “shaggy” binding

8. Hang them on the wall

9. Take out the pages and use them as wall decor or drawer liners

10. Tie rope or ribbon around them while adding greenery/flowers to add color

There are literally so many options! I recommend keeping a few different colors of hardback books on hand so you have a variety of options. Also, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out my #ThriftyThursdaysWithFallon blog post on where to find the best deal on hardback books! You can find that post HERE.

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!


Make sure you check out my other #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon blog post tips to help guide you when you stage your painted furniture!

The Purpose of Staging Your Painted Furniture!

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Here is today’s quick tip on staging your painted furniture. I took these words from the first page of my Staging eBook, Your Virtual Storefront, because I think they are so important for you to hear!

If you want to “wow” your potential client, and sell your piece of furniture quickly, then it is important to put in time and effort and stage it correctly.  The purpose of staging is enhance and draw attention to your piece so it will sell quickly.

If you advertise a piece of painted furniture on the internet, stage it like it is the “storefront window” of your business. First impressions are critical! You want to virtually bring the piece to life by grabbing the person’s attention so they emotionally commit as soon as they see your photo. The goal is to get them to “walk-into” (or “click-on” in this case), your photo. Competition is fierce in our digital world, and, because of that, you want your piece to immediately stand out when someone is scrolling through his/her phone or tablet. 

Everything in the advertising world is staged: from pictures in magazines and paper ads, to photos online.  Professional companies do not put pictures in front of their advertisers that are dark or unappealing because it does not sell their product!   Why should your piece of furniture be any different? If you are trying to sell, stage!  Keep in mind that, furniture staging is slightly different than home staging.  While they do go hand-and-hand, you are trying to sell a piece of furniture, so you want the focus to be on that one piece, not an entire room.  Keep it simple, and clutter free so the eye is drawn to the piece of furniture and not everything else.  Staging should not be intimidating or stressful; it should be simple and fun. You have worked so hard to find a piece of furniture, clean it, fix it, prep it, paint it, seal it; now is the time to reveal the true beauty of your piece by staging it!

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

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Spray Paint and Staging Your Painted Furniture

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Today’s quick tip on staging your painted furniture:

If you didn’t have a chance to read last week’s staging tip; The color of your Staging Item’s Should be Cohesive with Your Painted Furniture, here is the blog post. The reason I am sharing it again is because today’s tip helps with last weeks topic!

Today’s tip is to always keep at least 4 colors of spray paint on hand; black, white, silver and oil-rubbed bronze (brown). I also recommend keeping gold on hand if you use that color a lot. These are the most common colors used on hardware, and you can quickly and easily spray paint a small accent piece to match the color of your hardware when you are staging. Just make sure it’s nice and dry before you place it on your newly painted piece!

Also, keep in mind that you can reuse these staging item’s. You may need something to be white one week and then the next week you need it to be black. Item’s that are great for spray painting time-and-time again are: frames, candlesticks, vases, cake stands, small baskets and trays.

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

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The Color of Your Staging Item's Should Be Cohesive with Your Painted Furniture.

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Today’s quick tip on staging your painted furniture:

Try and base your staging items off the color you painted the piece and the color of the hardware that is on the piece. For example, if I have black knobs on my piece of furniture, then I try to add at least one element of black in my staging (ie: a black flower pot, black candlesticks or a black frame). It doesn’t have to be a huge item, just something that ties everything together. It is also important not to distract the viewers eyes by putting contradicting colors together, such as pink and coral. The goal is to help accent the piece while showing off it’s true beauty. Don’t compete with it!

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide To Staging Your Painted Furniture.

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This week I am going to keep it quick and simple. In case you didn’t already know, I wrote an eBook called Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide To Staging Your Painted Furniture. If you advertise or sell your painted furniture online, then you HAVE to stage it like it's the Virtual Storefront of your business!! As a furniture staging expert, I've seen first hand how staging can make or break a furniture painting business. Let's also not forget that good staging equals a higher dollar for your work, SO, to help you out, I buckled down and spilled ALL of my furniture staging secrets in this eBook. I walk you through, step-by-step from start-to-finish on how to stage your painted furniture! It's a game changer for you and your business!!

Testimonies:

"I first discovered Fallon’s work when she tagged Country Chic Paint in an Instagram post. I was immediately attracted to her light, soft imagery that really makes you feel as though you’ve been welcomed into a shabby chic, country home. She creates clean lines with carefully structured staging that draws your attention and makes you fall head-over-heels for each and every piece she creates!”  – Country Chic Paint

“It is a great pleasure and a boon to our business to have Fallon’s work and photography featured on our website. I can say with certainty that her staging works wonders to increase our hardware sales and I’m sure it does the same for her furniture.”  – D. Lawless Hardware

“Staging is important when photographing and selling your furniture pieces! I love how Fallon at Market House Restorations uses minimal pieces for a clean fresh vibe!” – Old Barn Milk Paint

 “Fallon is one of the best furniture refinishers we have seen. Her talent and knowledge base is extraordinary. We have noticed over the years that many furniture refinishers create phenomenal pieces but dilute the WOW appeal of their piece by poor staging - Fallon incorporates strong yet simple staging techniques, which keep the focus on her beautiful results.” – Zibra Paint

Click here to purchase my eBook! The small investment is well worth it!!

Keep The Focus On Your Painted Furniture

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When you are trying to stage a piece of furniture to sell online, the props you use to accent the piece should not be random; they should be intentional and cohesive. You want to simply show the purpose because you’re trying sell a piece of furniture, not the items on it. A pop of color here-and-there is totally okay to add a little dimension, as long as it is cohesive and balanced. In fact, you may not need any props if your piece is vibrant, detailed oriented and/or has multiple colors because you do not want to compete with the art of the piece. Let the beauty of it speak for itself and leave the props out or keep them to a minimum. Another example is when you’re staging modern-style furniture. Those pieces are intended to be clean and clutter free so typically. very few props should be used.

To help simplify things, always focus on the purpose, style and genre of the piece when you’re choosing your props to stage your painted furniture to sell. Don’t overdo it.

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. It has over 20 pages of jammed packed information that will help you take your staging to the next level! I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

Staging Different Styles of Painted Furniture

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There are so many different styles of homes and furniture: Contemporary, Farmhouse, Mid-Century Modern, Boho, Country, Shabby Chic, Transitional….and that’s just a start. How do you decide what to use when staging and styling your furniture to sell? Stay true to the style of furniture you have painted and stick to what is selling in your area. Keep it simple. If you struggle in this area, keep your props neutral and always stay focused on the piece. Don’t over-complicate the process and remember, nature’s elements never go out of style. Fresh flowers, greenery and wood elements are always a great choice no matter what style you are staging!

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. As always, I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

How To Stage Your Painted Furniture Using The Rule Of "THREES"

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Today’s staging tip is short and simple. If it is easier for you, follow the rule of staging things in “threes” by only using three props: one in the middle, and then one on each side. You could use three candlesticks, three vases, three pictures going across the wall, etc. Just make sure it is proportionate. See pictures below for examples:

Staging in three’s is that simple! Make sure you save this to your decor/staging board on your Pinterest page so you can keep all of my tips in one place and refer back to each blog post when you need to!

If you want to learn numerous tips and tricks on how to stage your furniture, here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. As always, I appreciate you stopping by for #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon. I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon! Happy New Year!!

Favorite Decor items for Staging Painted Furniture

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For #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon I am going to attach a link with my favorite staging and decor products! Take a look by clicking “Staging Products” right below this sentence.

Here is the link to my eBook, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. Thank you for tuning in today. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!!

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Staging Saturdays: Introduction

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Most of you know that I have written an eBook about staging called, Your Virtual Storefront. The Complete Guide to Staging Painted Furniture. While I am not going to give away every tip and trick that I offer in my eBook, I will still give you some simple advice each week on how to go about staging your furniture. My eBook is more for the artist who is trying to sell their furniture but the great thing about #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon is that I will try and write these tips to help everyone, not just the furniture artist. So, if you’re someone who needs help decorating your furniture and/or space within your home, #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon will help you too!!

Today I am going to start with some basic rules that I follow when I am staging and/or decorating a piece of furniture:

  1. The large areas should be neutral and cohesive.

  2. Smaller areas should have pops of natural color and should compliment the style of furniture.

  3. Add a little texture. This will help grab the light in different ways to give the area a different perspective and dimension.

  4. Varying Heights. Tall vase of flowers, small stack of books…

  5. Keep it clean, crisp and clutter free.

I’m going to keep #StagingSaturdaysWithFallon simple each week so you’re not overwhelmed. By doing this, hopefully it will make it easier for you to learn and apply these tips over time. I suggest making a new Board on your Pinterest page so you can keep them all in one place and refer back to each blog post when you need to!

Thanks so much tuning in today and I will see you Monday for #MondayMakeoversWithFallon!

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