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5 Simple Home Office Staging Tips to Boost Your Profit

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

5 Simple Home Office Staging Tips to Boost Your Profit

Home offices are becoming increasingly popular as more and more people pick up work from home and telecommuting options. When selling a residential property, home office staging is very important, since that space is often a major selling point for the entire property. There are some basic home office staging guidelines that you should follow for maximum results. Here are a handful of pointers:

Increase the Lighting for Home Office Staging Purposes

Having the proper lighting is essential for a home office. When staging a home office, you’ll want to make sure that the area is bright and inviting. If you can, pull back the curtains or draw the blinds to let natural light in.

Also, you can place a table lamp or a floor lamp in strategic places for additional lighting. Even if these are not on during a home presentation, it still sends the signal that the office is well-lit and suitable for work.

Use Neutral Colors

The use of color is very important when staging a home office. You’ll want to avoid jarring colors and color combinations such as bright red or bright yellow, as these can create a sense of hurriedness or even stress.

Instead, opt for neutral, calming colors like beige, white, grey, or greyish-blue. For a touch of classiness and executive professionalism, you can use gold or silver for trim and accessories in the room.  

5 Simple Home Office Staging Tips to Boost Your Profit

Display Some Books for an Intellectual Feel

Books always send a visual signal of studiousness and productiveness. It’s nice to set up a small bookshelf behind the desk if you can. A hanging shelf on the wall can also look nice, while at the same time saving floor space.

Just make sure that your bookcase and book collection are not daunting and don’t take up too much space in the room. Too many books or too large of a shelf can make the room feel stuffy and uptight. Also, you might want to choose only books that are in good condition, as really worn-down book selections can simply appear as clutter.

Decorate with Stationery and Supplies

One of the main purposes of staging is to show how the room might look when it’s in use. When it comes to home office staging, you’ll want to make sure the room isn’t bare. You can do this by placing a few stationery and supply items on a desk or cabinet.

For instance, you can place a few pens in some places and maybe a notepad near a computer. This gives the impression that the room is in use and allows the buyer to begin visualizing themselves in the home.

5 Simple Home Office Staging Tips to Boost Your Profit

Emphasize Mobile Workstations

Finally, it’s worth noting that a home office space doesn’t necessarily need to be a separate room dedicated for office work. This is especially true with more people working from laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices. Your “home office” could just be a small corner in one of the main rooms, or even a small workstation near the kitchen. It’s all about emphasizing the use of the space and creating a visual picture of how the space can be used.

Thus, you can use mobile accessories to accentuate smaller work spaces and create a more futuristic feel. You can have some tablet stands, laptop stations, and other gadgets that suggest a feeling of productivity for the space.

As we have often repeated, a well-staged home can decrease the amount of time a house spends on the market, and can help sellers net higher profits. Be sure not to overlook the office areas in a home when staging and preparing for the sales process.

If you need additional furniture items for the office or for the entire home in general, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have tons of furniture rental options for you to choose from to help increase your return on investment and close sales more quickly.

 

5 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Decor and Party Prep

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

5 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Decor and Party Prep

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s one of our favorite holidays. Besides all the festivities and happenings here in San Diego, it’s one of the most cheerful and bright days of the year in terms of decorating. St. Patrick’s Day decor is instantly recognizable and is also one of the easiest holidays to prepare for. Here are some St. Patrick’s Day ideas and themes to help you get ready!

Glitter: One of the Most Popular St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

Obviously, green is going to be the dominant color for all St. Patrick’s Day themes. In particular, green glitter has become wildly popular for sprucing up decorations for St. Patrick’s Day. Some great uses for the glitter include:

  • Outlining lettering and words
  • Creating awesome borders
  • Sprinkling on shamrocks
  • Jazzing up party invitations

Pro-tip: other metallic glitter colors look very good with the green glitter, especially gold and silver glitter.

Use Green Tinsel

Tinsel isn’t just for the December holidays. It also works really, really well for creating St. Patrick’s Day-themed decor. However, don’t just use it for hanging on walls! You can use green tinsel to form fun decorative shapes.

For instance, try your hand at making a funky St. Patrick’s day hat out of tinsel. Or, you can try shaping them into fun messages or a greeting banner for your guests. Wrap beer mugs with the tinsel for added fun! Also, metallic green tinsel will go super well with your glitter.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Decor and Party Prep

Serve Green Drinks and Snacks

Food can be decor too! For St. Patrick’s Day, consider making or setting out some green drinks and snacks. Green cupcakes and cookies are a yearly favorite, and green-tinted cocktails can liven up your array as well. Green salads and finger veggies can also add some healthy choices to your spread. Whatever your choice, don’t forget the matching napkins and plateware!

Use Some Felt Backdrops

Along with the green tinsel that we mentioned, green felt is your best friend when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day themes and decor. You can use the felt to fill out plain background spaces, and to lay down as cover on your table or counter tops. Felt also looks really cool if you add some of the glitter for a touch of sparkly shine.

If you want to get really fancy, you can create a felt board with moveable felt cutout items on it. This is great for announcements, menus, games, and other fun uses.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Ideas for Decor and Party Prep

Deck Your Pets Out

Why do humans get to have all the fun? Don’t forget to deck out your pet’s areas with some decorations as well. Using the materials listed above, you can easily decorate your pet’s home with some special touches.    

In San Diego, many establishments are dog-friendly. So if you plan to bring your pooch with you to some events, it’s also a cool idea to deck them out in some green or other festive get-ups.

Prepping for St. Patrick’s Day is both fun and easy. Follow these tips to take some of the stress out of decorating so you can focus on the good times! If you needed more extensive decor and home presentation options, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. Our rental items and combos can help save you time and money. Give us a call at (858) 550-8009 or shoot us an email here — we love helping you get your home to look its best!

 

The Best Lighting Decor Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Best Lighting Decor Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

Besides color choices, interior lighting is one of those subtle aspects of design that aren’t directly noticeable, but can have a huge effect on the room’s overall appearance. After all, what good are your interior decor choices if you can’t see them? By following some simple lighting decor tips, you can bring out the best in any room of your home.

Top Lighting Decor Tip: Lamp Placement

In most cases, the main source of your indoor lighting is going to be some sort of lamp. The placement of the lamp is crucial for lighting. Consider these main placement areas:

  • Ceiling Lamps/Chandeliers: These are great for overall lighting and visibility in the room.
  • Floor Lamps: These can also provide about as much lighting as a ceiling lamp; they also have the added benefit of mobility.
  • Table Lamps: These lamps are excellent for providing concentrated lighting for tasks like reading, crafting, and hobbying.
  • Wall Lamps: These are great for providing dim lighting in areas where a small amount of light is needed, such as the hallway or the bathroom.

Don’t forget to consider the watt intensity and color spectrum of the bulbs in your home. Some bulbs provide more natural light, while others provide more “sterile” types of lighting. Also, some lamps provide multi-functional uses, and can be used for different purposes.

The Best Lighting Decor Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

Use Mirrors and Windows Strategically

Other sources of light in the home besides lamps are windows and mirrors. Windows let natural light in from the outside, while mirrors can have the effect of reflecting and magnifying any light sources in the house. Pay attention to these two important aspects of the room, and use them to your advantage to control the amount of light you’re working with.

For instance, if you don’t want too much lighting in a room, you may wish to minimize the light coming in through a window using drapes or shutters. Conversely, opening up some blinds can brighten up a room instantly. This might seem like common sense, but many people don’t adjust their window lighting at all. You’d be surprised at the effects!

The Best Lighting Decor Tips to Brighten Up Your Home

Make Use of Lighting Accessories

Lastly, the field of lighting decor has a whole bucket of accessories for you to work with. Once you’ve got your basic lighting theme setup, you can customize your look even further with accessories like:

  • Custom lampshades
  • Colored light bulbs
  • String lights
  • Timed or programmable lights
  • Candles and fireplace lighting

Observe how these accessories and adjustments interact with your furniture and with the other colors in the room. Once you get into this area of decor, chances are you’ll love it and never want to stop! Your guests will be amazed at the dynamic effects that a few small lighting changes can make.

Lighting decor planning is one of the most fun and easiest aspects of interior design. If you need more comprehensive decor and furniture changes in your home, contact us today at Signature Furniture Rental. We have a whole host of furniture rental items and packages, as well as lighting items, to help you create the dream look you’ve always wanted.

 

Usher in 2017 with New Year Furniture Rental Options

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Usher in 2017 with New Year Furniture Rental Options

The new year is almost here, and it’s a time to celebrate and think about new directions for your home! Now is a great time to re-evaluate how your living space looks and implement some changes. Redecorating and rearranging have been shown to have invigorating and therapeutic effects, and they can do wonders for your mood and energy. Read on to learn some new year furniture and decor ideas for you to explore:

Start Afresh and Make Room for New Year Furniture

The new year is the perfect time for people to think about new beginnings. Out with the old, in with the new. New Year’s resolutions and new goals are common themes at this time of the year. One of the best things you can do is some light cleaning and throw out old items that you don’t use or don’t need any more. This will also create more space and room for any new furniture or items you want to incorporate!

Usher in 2017 with New Year Furniture Rental Options

Interior Design Trends for 2017

As 2017 rolls around, it will bring with it new trends for home furniture and decor.

  • DIY/Upcycling projects: Rescued and upcycled furniture projects will continue to be popular in 2017. Keep at it! It can help you save a lot of money on home design.
  • Metallics & stainless steel: Stock up on everything shiny! These can complement most rooms with their neutral colors, without being too flashy.
  • Painted furniture: Along with upcycled furniture, painted items will keep rockin’ in 2017 as well.
  • Love seats: These have always been popular, but will be even more so as people consider different options for small space living.

New Year Furniture and Decor Tips for Home Sellers

If you plan on selling your home soon, you should understand the importance of properly preparing and staging your home. A well-staged home will spend less time on the market, resulting in a higher selling price and a greater return on investment for you. No one wants to buy a dull and uninteresting home. Try out these staging and decor tips:

  • Provide some holiday cheer during the home tour: Set out some sugar cookies, pop a little sparkling cider, and make sure the house is warm and toasty.
  • Don’t overdo the holiday decor: While some trim here and there is nice, you don’t want to over-decorate to the point that the home’s natural beauty is muffled.
  • Consider replacing old and worn furniture with new furniture rental sets.
  • Silver and gold work well for color themes during this time of the year.

Usher in 2017 with New Year Furniture Rental Options

2016 was an awesome year, and we’re looking forward to more great times in 2017. We wish you all the best, and thank you for your support over the years. Are you looking for more ideas and options for home decoration and design? Contact us at Signature Furniture Rental and have a look at the various rental items and packages available. Renting furniture saves time and resources — check out your options today!

 

Why Rearranging Furniture CAN Actually Make You Happier

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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Your environment has a huge emotional and psychological impact on you. From the color on the walls to how you use the space (think: furniture arrangement) our environment influences our thoughts, moods, and perceptions. It also has a direct impact on how we work. Surgeons and accountants, for example, work better in low-ceiling rooms (it promotes focus and concentration), according to feng shui expert Ariel Joseph Towne. Creative people generally work better in large, open spaces with lots of natural light.

Our home interior, in particular, has a great deal of influence on us because of the amount of time we spend there and because it is truly our own space. Not only that, other people see our personal spaces as a reflection of who we are. This is why taking the time to design your space, or rearrange furniture, on a regular basis can actually make you feel better.

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4 Problems Made Easy by Home Furniture Rental

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Life is full of movement and transition. Sometimes the baggage we carry can make progress more difficult. Furniture can become physical weight that we have to worry about and take with us as we move forward with our lives; home furniture rental can help lessen this particular struggle. Here are 4 common problems home furniture rental helps eliminate!

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Fun and Amazing DIY Earth Day Projects

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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This year, Earth Day is on Friday, April 22. Earth Day is a special day that is set aside to celebrate environmental protection and to increase awareness of various issues affecting the planet’s health. It is one of the most “active” holidays, in that many people choose to perform various acts which contribute towards the betterment of the environment. For instance, classic activities include planting a tree or biking to work instead of driving.

Here are a few great DIY earth day projects that you can do to help decorate your home and increase awareness for guests and visitors. Most of these Earth Day projects feature eco-friendly materials, and can easily be recycled or repurposed after their use.

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DIY Hallway Decor Ideas to Enhance Your Space

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

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Hallways can be “forgotten” areas of the house when it comes to home decor and home staging.

However, they are very important to the presentation of the house, as they’re connected with the layout and flow of the floor space. Also, hallways tend to be regarded as common areas, and they can actually get more traffic than any other area of the home.

Read on for some easy but impactful hallway decor tips that will create a more inviting space.

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Fresh Spring Decor Ideas to Kick Off the Season

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Spring Decor Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

Spring is a great time to clear out the cobwebs and add some fresh updates to your decor. There are plenty of basic guidelines to follow for spring decor ideas. From there, you can work to create your own unique trends and guidelines.

Here are some great spring decor ideas that will blow your mind, but are also easy on your time and wallet.

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Practical Solutions to the 8 Most Common Home Decorating Mistakes

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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When it comes to home decor, it’s easy to go overboard and make design blunders without being aware.

Design trends come and go, but there are certain decor and design principles that never go out of style. No matter what your stylistic choices, you can correct and avoid design mistakes by following these 8 easy tips:

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