HOME STAGING, HOME STYLING

The 6 Best Props To Stage Your Home

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When it comes to home staging – yes, there are a number of items that must be removed from the home such as personal photos, collectibles and of course, excess or bulky furniture.  But there are certain props that really enhance the look of the home regardless of the age or decor style.

These 6 DIY props can add memorable details and welcoming feelings to buyers and just help to set the scene and really make your photos stand out from the other houses for sale.

Books

Too many books in a book case (or piles of them in office spaces and bedroom) can look junky and sloppy BUT sets of hardcover books can really complete the look of shelves or stacked on a coffee table. Check out garage sales or used book stores for affordable options be sure to check the condition of the spine (and check to make sure they don’t have a musty smell).  Stay away from controversial topics and titles.  We always look of books that are medium to large in scale, hard cover and in good shape.  Colourful spines can add a splash a colour to a bookcase or coffee table.

Bookcases are great for book storage but when it comes to staging you want every space to feel light and airy.  Full bookcases add a lot of bulk and heaviness to a room, so do a pre-pack of you books and leave your nicest ones on display.  Stack them creatively, play with colour and add some simple accessories.

Bowls of Lemons

A big bowl of bright fresh lemons is a simple way to add some colour and a feeling freshness to a space like the kitchen or as a dining centerpiece.  Use decorative lemons – they last longer plus you get that brilliant yellow colour.  Why lemons? Well, no one is ever tempted to bite into a lemon.  And yes, I have found bite marks on several occasions in our decorative fruit especially apples but some pears too.  Use a bowl that works with your decor style – long, lean glass works well for contemporary spaces, wood or pottery looks great in a rustic or country home.

A low profile bowl with lemons really allows one to see that bright splash of colour.  This looks great in a kitchen, on a kitchen island, a dining table or even a coffee table like the image below

Plush towels

New towels always look amazing in a bathroom.  Towels like everything else age, they are fine for every day use but when it comes to show casing your home old towels will just make the bathroom look tired and stale.  Aim for that ’boutique’ hotel look with clean, plush, white towels.  If your bathroom is already entirely white choose a grey or brown tone something that will give some contrast to the space but keep it neutral.

These white plush towels add a softness to this bathroom.  Bathrooms are full of hard surfaces like tile, cabinetry, porcelain and more…so adding some softness gives the room some balance.  The white towels in this bathroom also give a spa like feel

Large Painting

This is probably a bit tougher to locate but try home decor stores or even online – the results are incredible!  Choose a large painting with soft tones (colour is fine but aim for softer hues).  We recommend a simple landscape (they are soothing) or just abstract with soft and blended brush strokes.  This will certainly make an impact but it won’t be alarming.

This living room with the large landscape art piece makes an impact but is still soothing and peaceful which is a great quality in a home.  The colours are soft and the blue tones are also used in the decor.  Large art pieces look great on big walls like the one here but they also look great above a fireplace or in a dining room above a sideboard

A Pair of Matching Table Lamps

Take a look in any home design and decor magazine, you will always see matching pairs of lamps in a room.  You might be staging your home on a tight budget but you can’t have it looking that way!  A pair of matching table lamps will give you a designer look without spending a bundle.  Place them in a room where they can both be scene – flanking the sofa in the living room or flanking the bed are easy  ways to do just that and it makes a big impact!

This image shows the impact of what some beautiful matching table lamps can do in a room.  The reflective surface of these lamps adds some great light in the room too.

Plump Pillows

Pillows really add extra dimension to decor and home staging.  Look for pillows with some colour, texture and even print.  But stay away from stiff or flat pillows and of course, going over board with too many pillows.  Pillows should enhance the look of the space!  Decor pillows look great on sofas, accent chairs and also beds and benches.  Be sure to ‘pump up’ those bed pillows too – volume from pillows adds a sense of luxury and comfort.

Seen here: there’s a mix of colour and pattern.  The turquoise makes a statement in this neutral tone room.  some home stagers may disagree but this colour choice brings life and a brightness to the room but be sure to carry this colour into other rooms as well to keep a fluid feel

In summary…putting it all together…

This neutral bedroom has a great mix of neutral tones – white, black and shades of beige.  The bed looks fantastic with the layering of pillows that are plump – bed and decor pillows.  The lean bedside tables and lamps match and fit in the space beautifully.  This is a  great example how to stage a bedroom in neutral tones, some texture, matching pieces, art and even flowers.

Even just a few new pieces can make a big difference in the overall presentation of your home – best wishes!

19 Comments

  1. Chrissie @ One Hangry Mama

    I need to implement some of these tips into my house while I’m still living in it!! I always love staged homes, but can never seem to replicate the look in my house. I’ll be giving some of these a try!

    12 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      You definitely can use home staging tips to decorate your home and make it feel and look fresh! I’m so glad you found these ideas helpful! Let me know which one you want to try first…

      12 . 04 . 2017
  2. Meredith

    I’m really into bright yellow lemons right now, too! I’m glad I’m not the only one. Thanks for the tips!

    13 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      You are so welcome! I remember when I started using lemons in my home staging jobs (years ago) people just didn’t get it – my husband still thinks it’s weird but it looks great and it just adds that freshness to a space.

      13 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      I love lemons, too, Meredith – they really add a fresh and bright feel to a kitchen or dining space – home decorating or home staging – they are great either way!

      13 . 04 . 2017
  3. kiley

    I always wondered how people stage homes so beautifully. now i know!

    16 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      I can’t keep a secret so i will be sharing a lot more tips for home staging! Thanks for reading!

      17 . 04 . 2017
  4. Jessica Peresta

    This is so helpful! Thank you!

    17 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      I’m glad you found it helpful, Jessica! Thanks for reading!

      17 . 04 . 2017
  5. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    Awesome ideas here! I love keeping out some books and little accent pieces.

    27 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      Thanks so much, Summer! Books are such a great little secret home staging prop – we love using them, too!

      27 . 04 . 2017
  6. Lindsey

    There are such great items!! I love it!!

    28 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      Thanks! We love to share our staging secrets – thanks for stopping by!

      28 . 04 . 2017
  7. kATE

    Love these tips! i WISH STAGING COULD BE MY JOB! i THINK IT’S SO FUN!

    28 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      Thanks you – it is a lot of fun! Crazy but a lot of fun, too!

      28 . 04 . 2017
  8. Bailey

    I’m definitely going to need to try the lemons!

    28 . 04 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      Yes, definitely do! It really adds a bright pop to any room – give it a try!

      28 . 04 . 2017
  9. Thomas Abney

    Hi, I like the way you explained the things very well. Staging is the best option to increase the selling price of your home. Hiring professionals can be the best option as they are highly trained and experienced. I have also heard about professionals mover in NYC(http://www.movingrightalong.com/home_service_pros.html) who are expert in providing moving and staging services.

    17 . 08 . 2017
    • kikiinteriors@rogers.com

      Thanks, Thomas! Staging really makes a difference ….

      17 . 08 . 2017

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