If every home has a personality, so does every professional Home Stager.
In a pre-market home selling consultation, most Home Stagers are likely to give fairly similar advice -- de-clutter, de-personalize, update and clean, clean, clean.
In executing a Staging, the specifics of a plan are going to get somewhat more subjective. While the intended goal may be similar -- such as, open up the space or highlight the fireplace -- how that is accomplished, (I have observed), will reflect the style of that particular Stager.
Yes, there can be more than one right answer!
My approach as a Home Stager in Calgary, Alberta, tends to emphasize the lightening and brightening of the space, and to inject some happy, cheerful feelings through pattern and color.
In a recent staging that GreenApple did in Calgary, Alberta, I found the paint color in the home to be very heavy, dark and kind of depressing. Of course, I expressed that to the home owner, and for their various reasons, they chose not to repaint. It wouldn't have been my first choice, but we still set out to do our best with the space.
Usually I get inspired by something in the space that leads me to a color plan. In this property, I just wanted to inject lots of exuberant colors and a sense of fun! The polka dot dishes were just the thing (there are matching plates on the table).
The mirror in the living room was strategically placed to bounce some of that south facing sunshine around and brighten things up.
While my plan is unique to each property that we do, I am finding a theme in my approach. Where some Home Stagers employ a really sophisticated-sleek look, I aim for a feeling of happiness on top of the polish. And we are happy to say that it has worked positively for the properties that we have had the opportunity to stage!