Ever notice how often rooms in magazines and catalogs look so warm and inviting and soothing – and stress free? Ever wonder how they do that, when our own homes look like the aftermath of a small world war?
Show Rooms are Edited Rooms
Rooms put together for magazine spreads and internet ads are edited rooms. They’re staged by experts, and managed to within an inch of their lives.
People specialize in this crafty editing craft – also called “staging.”
Where’s the real life clutter? Edited rooms aren’t allowed to have clutter unless it is positioned with great purpose and meaning.
Real estate offices hire staging specialists to put together rooms that invoke the feelings that will get a sale. Because edited rooms make us wish that we were at home in them.
Why Don’t Our Homes Look Like the Catalogs?
Because we live in them. Rooms that are lived in tend to look like they’re lived in – and edited rooms that are staged tend to look like they’re places we’d like to live. See how cleverly that works?
Kitchens that look like they’ve never been cooked in may look that way because they’ve never been cooked in – or if they’re in a real house, either someone spends a lot of time doing little more than cleaning and straightening (and editing), or the residents spend a lot of time eating out.
We want those rooms we see in catalogs and model homes and staged for-sale condos, because the rooms are edited to make us feel at home. It’s the rare person who can look at a beautifully staged room and visualize how it will look with their own stuff moved in. (And if they’re good enough to do that level of visualization, they’re probably working as staging specialists!)
Home, Sweetly Cluttered Home
You can come close to a professional’s room editing results in your own home, if you’re willing to do some ruthless editing, stowing, throwing, clutter-busting and hiding-away of what most people just leave in place.
Care to give it a try?
- Take two items off any surface and put them away or out of sight.
- Do not replace them with two other items.
- Stand back and marvel.
- Repeat until people complain they can’t find their stuff, then tell them that if they put their stuff away, they wouldn’t have to worry about not finding it.
Congratulations. You are on your way toward being a comfortable and confident room editor!