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My Favorite Staging Accessory: Mirrors

Styled Staged & Sold will be featuring staging professionals’ favorite staging accessories and props over the next few weeks. (Do you have a favorite? Submit your favorite for consideration to mtracey@realtors.org.)

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Photo credit: Karen Hakola, listing agent

 

Go-to prop: Mirrors

Stager: Natalie Gray, Gray Group Design, San Clemente, Calif.

 

 

 

Why I love them: “Mirrors are my favorite staging accessory because they play many roles. They can make a space feel larger, increase light in a room, act as artwork to create a mood, and they can reflect a great view. Using a mirror also gives a stager the opportunity to show off an architectural feature or other selling point of the property that a buyer might otherwise overlook.”

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Photography by VirtualWalkthrough; Adam Alcaraz & Max Black, listing agents

Make it work tips:

1. Use a mirror to lighten up an otherwise dark space. Adding mirrors along with reflective surfaces – like tables and glassware — can bring more light to a room.

2. Choosing a great mirror is like choosing artwork for a property. The size, shape and style should compliment the architecture, and space of the property.

3. Be careful when taking photos. When using mirrors, you need to check the reflection from all angles and make sure the photographer is able to capture the best angle of the room without being in the shot.

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Photo Credit: Gray Group Design

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Mirrors pack extra punch when placed next to—or directly across from—a window, since they’ll pull in more sun… but my favorite trick is mini-mirror collages. They can make a space seem bigger, and since they’re little, it’s usually a LOT easier to avoid unwanted reflections while you’re taking photos. Plus, they’re cheap! You can get cute small mirrors in bulk for about $1 each, which is FAR more cost-effective than one big mirror, which can run hundreds if it has a nice frame. Plus, they’re heavy and hard to move and hang.

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