One of the biggest tips we give to spaceowners who want to list with ShareMySpace is: take great pictures. If you take high-resolution photos that won’t look fuzzy on a potential client’s retina screen, the sharp visuals will give your space an immediate appeal. We think this is so important that we’re willing to help potential renters with photography, free of charge, if they don’t have the equipment to do it themselves. Every space should get to put its best foot forward!
So what else can you do to give your space a visual edge? Decor means a lot, but it can also be overdone. When you’re renting to people, you want to preserve the functionality of the space while inspiring the imagination. Choosing just one memorable statement piece can set the tone for a whole space and make it stand out from the crowd. Imagine, for instance, that you were able to get your hands on one of these limited-edition forest chandeliers (the design is “Forms in Nature” by HildenDiaz):
You’d hardly need to put anything else in this room to make it positively covetable. A desk and a chair, with a bit of extra light for the desktop of course, makes it an inspiring office for a writer or other creative professional. Or it could be a room for hosting Halloween or fairy-tale themed parties.
A church looking to rent its extra spaces — grounds, classrooms, sanctuary, etc. — during days when the congregation doesn’t use them might consider a bit of landscaping to spruce up the property. Click here to take a look at how Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI, takes advantage of its large property with inviting, rustic gardens. All the church’s spaces are rentable except on Sunday morning.
Using landscaping to add appeal to your space doesn’t have to be expensive, either. A riot of morning glories and a rustic birdhouse can go a long way toward sprucing up an area that would otherwise be drily functional. The photo at the top of this post is from ShareMySpace client The Gables at Chadds Ford, who used a pop of bright turquoise and a stately mirror to create a cheerful and charming atmosphere for this bridal suite.
Color, landscaping, lighting: don’t underestimate the power of a little visual flourish!