It’s happened time and again. You walk into a furniture store with decorating ideas in mind – and maybe inspiration in hand, in the form of photos from the net or pages torn from a magazine – and find yourself drawing a blank when facing all the choices of furniture available for purchase. Its hard to create the connection from what you feel you want your room to look like and how to actually make the final product reflect your ideas based purely on inspiration alone.
Ever walk into a store and immediately (internally) shout, “Help!”?
Thankfully, there’s a trick that can help with these dilemmas. When realtors and interior designers want to show their clients how live-able a space will be, they will often “stage” the space with furniture, textiles, and accessories. This is usually what you see when you visit a furnished model home. Otherwise, most home and decor buyers have a hard time understanding the scale of space in a room.
Now there are virtual applications available online that can put purchase ready items at your fingertips for your own staging needs. Here are our favorites:
Pinterest is a virtual pin board that helps you organize your inspiration easily.
Most people these days have a Pinterest account or have heard about the site. After creating an account, you can create “boards” where you can “pin” inspiration. Install the “Pin It” tool onto your browser to pin inspiration found on other websites, or repin items already on Pinterest through the search tool. You can follow others who share your interests and their pins will populate your feed. Here is some more info on how to use Pinterest.
We love to use Pinterest to get a general feel of how we want a room to look. We’ll pin accessories, color schemes, textures, art, you name it, to get us into the “mood” of the room. Its also a good place to gather Do-It-Yourself tutorials to save for later.
Polyvore is a collage tool that allows you to bring together elements to create a room.
Initially a tool for creating fashion ensembles virtually, Polyvore now includes Beauty, Art, and Home. Drag and drop the “Clip to Polyvore” tool to the browser, and then when visiting the virtual page of a store, click the tool to import the item you are interested in buying directly to Polyvore. It will appear in your “My Items” tab on the right hand side items palette. You can search for backgrounds such as blank rooms, wallpaper, windows, and floors, and add furniture, rugs, lamps, curtains, plants, and more. Here’s more information on how to use Polyvore.
Polyvore is one of our main staging staples. The ability to click from a collage directly to the sale site for purchase is a big plus for our customers.
Olioboard, like Polyvore, allows for virtual staging, but includes other features we enjoy.
Like Polyvore, Olioboard allows you to create a virtual room. However, Olioboard has advanced features worth checking out. Olioboard allows you to upload your own photos, including photos of your blank rooms and existing furniture. An advanced background removal and imaging options make this a truly great tool.
However, not all features of Olioboard are free. Text, color swatch, and other advanced options require an $8.99 subscription. This will also open up your collage to budgeting, so you’ll know just how much you may be spending on a finished room. Here’s some info on how to use Olioboard.
Stage a room with AC Pacific’s furnishings by using our website.
It’s easy to stage a room using clipper tools from Polyvore and Olioboard. After dragging and dropping the tools to your browser bar, go to our website at acpacific.com to select the items you wish to use in your room.
The Stacey chair is a beautiful mid-century style club chair that works well with many decor styles.
Click the clipper to add the item to your library. Fill out the information if you wish, and tag the item so you can find them easily in your library later. Once all your items are uploaded, you can begin to bring the room together.
First, select a background to build your room upon. Either use your own image, or one of those provided by the application.
Select a background from Olioboard’s cache or upload your own unfurnished room photos.
Drag and drop items into the virtual room to begin staging, either from your own items or from the items available through the application. You can crop, resize, and mix and match until the room feels like “home”.
Add wallpaper to the walls, paintings, plants, curtains, and more to make the room complete.
When you are satisfied, publish the board! You can even download a .jpeg to bring with you when you start to build the room in real life. Its always fun to see if the room turns out the way you had planned in the app!
Now that you’ve got the tools to create your own virtually staged rooms, get started! Be sure to share your rooms with us, and follow us: