Five Decorative Accessories to Perk Up Any Space

Home Stager with Designed to Appeal, LLC

Recently I was contacted by a writer for a real estate magazine and she asked me what are the five decorative items I use most often when staging a home for sale and why I use them.

After giving it some thought, I came up with the following, which can also be used to perk up any space even if you're not selling your home:

1.   Throw Pillows - do wonders for both the living room and bedroom.  Use pillows in bright contrasting colors to the couch, chair or bedding color.  Because it's important to use neutral colors on the walls and in furniture when staging a home for sale so that it appeals to the broad range of buyers, throw pillows are your opportunity to add punches of color to a room without overwhelming the space.


 2.   Throws - are also an opportunity to add a punch of color to a neutral-colored room, however more importantly, it allows the buyer to envision curling up on the couch or chair with a good book or a glass of wine,  and relaxing.


3.   Colorful Fruit - whether real or fake, can also add pops of color to the kitchen, and make it enticing to a prospective buyer.  I use red apples, green apples, oranges, or anything with a bright color.  You can place them in a clear glass jar, in a bowl, or on a fruit stand.

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4.   Orchids - whether real or a good fake, add a touch of elegance to any room.  You want buyers to aspire to a certain lifestyle when they view your home, and orchids portray a luxurious lifestyle.  I particularly like using them in bathrooms, either on the tub surround or the vanity. They also look great on a console table in the foyer.

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 5. Decorative Balls - of any texture, such as glass or twigs, in a bowl placed on a cocktail table or as a centerpiece on a dining room table, add pop and interest.

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 What are your favorite decorative accessories?


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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Nice tips Donna. Thank you for sharing.

Aug 19, 2009 03:06 PM #1
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I have my favorites too, no matter how much I keep buying.  They are always my go-to pieces.

Aug 19, 2009 04:47 PM #2
Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging - West Chester, PA

Pillows, orchids, fruit (I use all of the same kind in a grouping) are in my top 5 also.  My other 2 would be green plants and books!

Aug 19, 2009 11:38 PM #3
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

I love using wine bottles, plants always fill in blank spaces, candle sticks and mirrors.

Aug 20, 2009 12:32 AM #4
Wendy Carroll
Coeur d'Alene, ID

We use a lot of all of the above.  One of our favorites is coffee table books.  We use them in every staging.

Aug 20, 2009 02:43 AM #5
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Hi Donna,  Pillows...we have tons of them!  And books - hardcover, jackets removed.  Our local library has a sale each year, $2 per bag of books.  Can't get much cheaper than that!

Aug 20, 2009 06:14 AM #6


You have identified standards which I use also; plus the items mentioned by other stagers.

I also like to use a colourful print propped up on a shelf; a colourful statue or paperweight; pottery or coloured vases with or without flowers in them.  Mirrors are always an inexpensive way to make a room look larger and show off the view or garden outside.

Aug 20, 2009 09:44 AM #7
Susan Macaulay
Clarity Over Clutter - Winnipeg, MB

Having a variety and lots of cushions, throws, plants and fruit are essential in my inventory, but I like to use (when possible) a unique ornament on a mantle or in a bookshelf - creating a more interest.  With each property being different, I like to mix up what I have for accessories.

Aug 26, 2009 04:01 PM #8
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