Having your home professionally staged can give you an edge when selling, especially in a competitive market. However, it can be costly and may not be an option for you. That being said, it’s still in your best interest to make your home look as nice as possible when selling, so doing some DIY home staging can help give your home that extra oomph! 

Here are 10 tips to help you stage your home: 

1. Focus on focal points 

Identify the key architectural features or focal points of each room, such as a fireplace, bay window, or other unique areas of your home. Arrange furniture and accessories to draw attention to these focal points and make them stand out. 

2. Use statement pieces 

Introduce statement pieces of furniture or decor to add personality and style to your home. This could be a bold area rug, an eye-catching piece of artwork, or a unique lighting fixture. Statement pieces can help make your home memorable to potential buyers—just be careful to not make it cluttered! 


3. Incorporate pops of color 

Add pops of color throughout your home to create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere. Choose a color palette that complements your home's overall aesthetic and incorporate it through accent pillows, throws, artwork, and accessories. 

4. Use Scent to Your Advantage 

Scent is a powerful tool—you want to make sure your home isn’t an assault on the olfactory senses! While you obviously want to avoid bad smells, you don’t want to go too heavy on nice ones either. 

Choose something subtle and natural, like vanilla, floral or herbal scents. You can achieve a nice balance by using candles or natural air fresheners, like cinnamon sticks or potpourri. Some people even bake fresh cookies just to leave the scent in the home! 

5. Layer Textures 

Incorporate a variety of textures to add depth and dimension to your space. Mix materials like wood, metal, glass, and fabric to create visual interest. For example, layer a cozy throw blanket over a leather sofa or add a fluffy rug to a hardwood floor. 

6. Accessorize Thoughtfully 

Select accessories that enhance the style and vibe of each room. Choose items that reflect your home's personality and style, such as decorative vases, sculptures, or candles. Group accessories in odd numbers and vary heights to create visual interest. 

Just be careful to not confuse accessorizing with cluttering. You still want to give the space room to breathe! 

7. Pay Attention to Flow 

Arrange furniture to create a seamless flow between rooms. Ensure there's enough space for easy movement and that each area feels connected to the next. Arrange furniture to encourage natural traffic flow and create inviting pathways throughout your home. 

8. Don’t Neglect the Outdoor Spaces 

The inside of your home shouldn’t be where the staging ends; don’t forget to clean up your backyard and add accessories or furniture to your outdoor spaces. Creating a warm atmosphere outside can help potential buyers picture having gatherings there. 

9. Focus on Storage Areas 

Most buyers are considering how much storage a home has while waking through, so don’t forget to pay your storage areas some attention while staging. Organizing storage spaces efficiently can showcase how much space your home really has. 

10. Introduce Mirrors 

Mirrors are essential while staging! A well-placed mirror can make a room look much bigger than it actually is, which can help create an overall more inviting and warm atmosphere. 

With a little bit of work, you can elevate the staging of your home and create a visually stunning and inviting environment that resonates with potential buyers—all without calling in a professional!

Posted by Victoria Kim on


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