I was hired recently to stage a large 1950's Ranch style home in Southwest Portland. It sold in 3 days for $42,300 over list price with back-up offers, which always makes me happy.
Homes that have been staged allow the buyer to feel how it will be to live there and imagine if it is right for them. The living room was very large and to not only fill it so it looked complete, I added two large sofas to show the size of the room. Two chairs were removed from the photo in order to simplify the it, but you can see that there was still plenty of space.
Adding a loveseat in the Master Bedroom showed the room size and suggested an idea as to how to use the large amount of space. It helped the buyer imagine how it would feel to wake up in the room in addition to a way of using the room for things other than just sleeping.
The property had only hardwood floors, which were beautiful, but can feel cold and impersonal. Bringing in large area rugs to anchor spaces and to add softness and texture make it more inviting without covering up too much of the house's rich architecture.
Imagine seeing the property online or in person without any furniture or accessories. Staging really works.