Cold weather is here, which means that prospective homebuyers are interested in all things cozy! When you are selling a home that has a chimney and a fireplace, it isn’t always realistic to have it lit for all of your showings and open houses. Additionally, if the chimney needs to be repaired before selling, it might not be safe to do so. What are some easy chimney and fireplace staging ideas?

Fireplaces with a Narrow Mantle

When you have a narrow mantle and limited space to work with, it is best to choose a single statement piece instead of a variety of smaller pieces. Artwork and photographs can add some color to the room and coordinate with other furniture and décor to create a cohesive look without distracting from the rest of the room.

Fireplaces with a Long Mantle

Some fireplaces are installed so that the mantle extends over the length of the wall to create shelving or storage. While this is great for the homeowner, it can be tricky to stage without appearing cluttered. Instead of focusing on placing as much on the mantle as possible, you should try using a few larger pieces that are spaced out. Use artwork and accessories that are of different heights and widths to add variety.

Fireplaces That Are Off-Center

Symmetry is great for any living space, so having a fireplace that is off-center can be challenging to stage. A combination of large and small pieces can be used together to balance out the off-centered nature of the fireplace and make things look more even. A focal point that is centered over the fireplace can bring things together, even in a lopsided space.

Fireplaces That Don’t Have Much Visual Interest

Some fireplaces are rather plain. There’s nothing wrong with that, as it can provide you with a great base for versatile staging. When you’re working with a fireplace that doesn’t have much interesting architectural detail, try adding a mirror to the space to make the room feel larger. You can also add other large-scale statement pieces that make the mantle more attractive.

Make Staging Easier with Help from Clean Sweep Maryland

Call Clean Sweep Maryland today at 410-558-1111 for professional chimney sweep, slate roofing and duct cleaning services designed to keep all your listed properties clean and safe for sellers and buyers. If you have a prospective home buyer or home seller in need of chimney inspection or repairs, we are here to help.