Home staging advice
November 8, 2007 5:07 AM Subscribe
How to make rows of shabby books look more cozy?
Home Staging Filter: I am trying to sell a house. In the interest of "staging," I've gotten rid of all clutter. An aquaintence who is a real-estate broker has recommended that I empty the built-in bookshelves of books, as they look "cluttered." He is not able to suggest what should go there instead.
posted by pipti to Home & Garden (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
He says people in that area (fwiw, an affluent community, but not one that's on the cutting edge of taste and style) only have books of the faux-leather type to create a uniform visual. Fine. But I'm not going to buy rows of faux leather books, and I think that empty shelves look lonely and awful. So here's the question: Is there a way to make the books that are there (admittedly shabby) look more uniform? I'm thinking something like those craft-paper book covers we would make in grade school. (I'm not actually thinking about doing this with craft paper and magic marker, but you get the idea.) Any suggestions? Bonus points: the current furniture in the house is really shabby and ugly. Any thoughts on how to spruce it up? It seems silly to buy anything just for staging, but showing it empty, I think, is not a good idea either.