Common areas, like the living room or den, are used for both family time and entertaining. Your buyers will be imagining both, and by rearranging your furniture and removing your personal things, you open up an inviting space for any purpose.
Keep traffic in mind by leading the eye to traditional focal points, like the fireplace or couch. Decorative objects should be free of personal meaning, but they can be used with your furnishings to create flow through the house, draw attention to special features of the architecture or view, or even create an inspiring narrative through what are called vignettes.
A vignette is a classic staging technique that suggests uses for a space that are both inviting and purposeful: perhaps a chess or board game in a quiet nook, or a reading chair with a lamp and table in a cozy corner. By using what you have in a creative way, you turn your house into a showpiece where the buyer is free to imagine his or her own family relaxing.
Traffic lanes should always be a minimum of 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 centimeters) wide, and you should limit furniture as much as possible to make rooms feel larger. You can also use mirrors to make a hallway or room appear wider or longer. Remember, the key is to help your buyer imagine what it would be like to live in your home, not to wonder what kind of people live there now.