7 Professional Staging Secrets to Use in Your Own Home

In love with the homes you see on HGTV? Regardless of whether you're preparing your house to go on the market, or just want to spruce up your home, staging creates a warm, attractive space that you'll want to call home.

1. Declutter + Clean Your Home

I know everyone likes to hop to the fun stuff and start shopping for that snuggly new throw or gorgeous sideboard, but the first step is cleaning and decluttering your home. This is easier to do if you're actually moving and need to pack up everything anyway, but even if you're not moving why would you keep something if you wouldn't take it with you when you moved? Less stuff means you have more space on counters, in your cabinets, and in your closets, and literally gives you more space to arrange or store things that do serve you. Starting with a home free of clutter that does not serve you is the first step to creating a space you want stay in.

2. Layer Your Lighting

Lighting your home is not a one size fits all kind of situation. Understanding how to properly layer lighting is key to creating the atmosphere you want in any circumstance. Mixing and matching light sources is great for ensuring you have all the light you need to complete detailed tasks during productive hours, while maintaining the ability to create an elegant and inviting atmosphere for cozy nights in or evening entertainment. Of course lamps are more than just functional, and can be used as a decorative piece by itself. Take advantage of this and invest in statement lighting, like the Lit Silver Antique Pendant.

3. Stick to Odd Numbers

This one's pretty straight forward; the rule of threes states that things are more memorable, appealing, and effective than even numbered groupings. While three seems to be the magic number, depending on what and how you're decorating, five or seven can work well. The idea is to create depth with and visual interest without making things cluttered.

4. Make Mindful Changes to Your Bathroom

Everyone uses the bathroom. This is a space that all too frequently provides an opportunity for improvement. All too easily, medicine cabinets get overcrowded with product bottles, counters become crowded with electric razors and toothbrushes, and the whole bathroom reveals the rush of waking up late and getting ready for the day. Putting some extra time and attention into organizing your hygiene products, rolling your towels if they're stored in open shelving, switching from a plastic soap bottle to a beautiful glass or ceramic dispenser, and adding a candle or two can go a long way in making mornings more enjoyable. 

5. Define Your Spaces

Some spaces have obvious uses, the kitchen is for cooking, the bedroom is for sleeping, etc., but it's important that we hold onto the hopeful mentality that you have when buying a house. That is to say, crate a space that would be used in an ideal world without clutter. This may seem obvious, but the less appealing a space is, the less likely you are to use it. The furniture and accessories you use allow for a space to have a clear and obvious activity attached to it. You can also use area rugs as another visual indicator of defining a space, something that is more important in multi-use rooms, like open plan living spaces. 

6. Don't Be Afraid to Go Bold

Don't be afraid to go bold with your colors. Even if you're doing a relatively neutral palette, make sure to use plenty of black or navy. Contrast keeps things from getting washed out or boring. Bold colors are making a come back, and using colors that work together can provide a clear energy for your space. If you're nervous to do anything too permanent, incorporate color through home decor accessories like throw pillows, blankets, wall art, and rugs. 

7. Increase the Curb Appeal

While you might spend more time inside your home than staring at it from the outside, you deserve to come home to a house that is beautiful inside and out. This doesn't have to be anything wild, but keeping up with basic yard maintenance, hanging a seasonal wreath on the front door, a cute doormat, and flanking your door with potted plants goes a long way in creating a welcoming entrance to your home. Don't have a green thumb? Try using foliage, like evergreens that require little upkeep, instead of flowers, which tend to require a bit more attention.

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