How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Home Staging and Vistas
Walk around the house and stop at various point and look at the 'view'. Stand just inside the front door and look around, taking everything in, just like a visitor.
What do you see? Does it make you feel good?
Stand in the doorway of each room and look at what strikes you first. Look at the composition, like an artist or photographer about to capture a beautiful scene. See how things work together in combination.
Go to the ends of rooms. Stand in the corners and look back across the room. Look down corridors. Sit down on seats and look around. Everywhere a person stops there is a vista. Every time they turn a corner, there is a new view that may calm, shock or amaze them.
Do the same for the view outside the house. Stand at windows and look out. Go out into the garden, standing at the back door and in the garden corners. Look back at the house and consider what you see.
Go across the street and look back at the house. Go down the road and take the position of the visitor approaching the house.
Then take all this contemplation and consider how you can arrange things to look better. For each view, see if you can create a focus, balance, interest. At the very least look for distractions and unpleasantness that may disturb the experience.
Consider what you can add, move or remove. Think about where the eye goes as you look at the scene. Notice pleasant things that 'work' and unpleasant things that jar. See how things work in combination.
Then decide how you can change things so each vista is better. Focus particularly on key moments, such as just entering the house and standing in key rooms.
Think also about the best places to pause when you are guiding people around the place. If you can stop to talk at places where the vista is most attractive, then you will improve their experience. Likewise, you may want to keep moving when the view is not so good.
Apply the same principles in the garden, creating inviting vistas with pathways, flowers, greenery and ornaments. As with the house, keep this simple, providing interest and pleasure rather than overwhelm and confusion.
A 'vista' is a view often associated with landscapes, where the viewer is taken aback by the beauty of what they see. Home vistas are smaller, but every bit as significant.
We look at vistas is a holistic activity, taking in everything in one go, sometimes only for a brief moment. Sometimes also we pause and scan around, like looking at a photograph. The color and light in the scene guides our eye, as does particular shapes and objects. To build a stunning vista, it can help to further study the laws of pictorial composition.
Vistas are often used in movies, where the camera will pause, even for a moment to show what a character is seeing. And as the cameraman is a professional, they are often very attractive.