Today’s home buyers overwhelmingly want open concept homes. That’s great for buyers that can afford new build or renovated homes but what about buyers who don’t have the budget for those homes but still want that openness? Staging can help convince buyers that an older home that isn’t as open concept as they want can still feel open and give them the sight lines they want if they have children.

If a seller is willing to open up the home a little by knocking down a few walls, or even putting pass throughs in between rooms to open up sight lines that’s a smart way to get more buyer interest. But sellers of older homes might not want to put the money into renovation in order to make the home more attractive to modern buyers. That’s where you can use clever staging to give the home the feeling of openness. These professional staging tricks can be used to make older closed off homes feel spacious and airy:

Use Continuous Colors

Paint and flooring can do wonders to make the main floor of the house feel cohesive. Repainting the main floor and using the same color scheme while also installing better flooring throughout the space will make the main level feel much bigger and open than it is. Especially in the kitchen and family room using soft neutral colors in each will make it seem like the spaces are joined even if they are not totally connected.

Keep Furniture to Scale

Filling rooms with large pieces of furniture will make them look cramped. Choose furniture that fits the scale of the room without overwhelming it and keep the same tones in the furniture throughout the main floor to keep that feeling of connection in all the rooms.

Pick One Theme

Subtle cues will influence how the main level feels to buyers so pick one theme for the art and decorations and use that theme throughout the main level. The more cohesive the look is the more united the main floor will feel even if it’s divided into a lot of small rooms. Use mirrors often to reflect light and make the spaces feel larger.

Create Furniture Groupings Everywhere

Instead of shoving all the furniture back against the wall to make the rooms appear bigger create thoughtfully placed furniture groupings in all of the rooms. This series of small grouping spaces will actually make the main level look and feel a lot larger because they will appear consistently throughout the main floor. Skip the huge dining table and the big sectional and go for small curated areas scattered throughout the main floor. It will make a big difference in  how buyers perceive the space.

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Listing information last updated on March 24th, 2023 at 6:31am CDT.