Chicagoland Home Staging: A jar, a vase, and some twigs can add impact

Home Stager with Chicagoland Home Staging LLC

At Chicagoland Home Staging we know that accessories have an impact on the overall perception of any room. In kitchens and bathrooms accessories help to soften otherwise hard cold surfaces. In larger rooms like living rooms or bedrooms they add color, contour, and texture. In dining rooms, they help to add life to a space that often is just a simple table, chairs, and artwork. 

A jar, a vase, and some twigs can add impact

What most people don't realize is that it is the small details that create emotion, or help you to see the whole picture. If you were to remove all of the accessories from a well staged home, the room would suddenly feel cold and unwelcoming.

Furniture creates scale and traffic flow. It tells buyers how the room will function.

Window treatments and art add color, texture, and height, and sometimes motion (directing how your eye should move about the space).


Accessories fill in the blanks, adding interest, and luxury. 

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In this case, the blue vase adds color to an otherwise monochomatic palette. The pop of color gives a subtle modern feel while the flowers popping out the top add whimsey, height and softness. The cool glass blends very well with the glass in the faucet, mirror, and light fixture. 

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In this living room, the solid blue pottery base with the orange leaves help to balance out and create a cohesion with the rest of the colors in the room - flowing from throw pillows to artwork, leading your eye across the room. Since the middle of the room is very low, it also helps to draw your eye up and forward to the next space. 

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Here again rather than adding a simple bowl of fruit to the breakfast room would have been a great option, but the tall slender accessory vase in this case helps to keep your eye going up to the high ceilings. 

Accessories create cohesion in a great home stage

The job of the accessory in any good home staging job is to create color, texture, interest, and luxury. If we've done our job well then the home staging accessory provides cohesion for the entire project. It's not really about each individual piece, it's about directing the eye, and making the room pleasing. It's about creating a space that buyers want to live in. This is when sometimes a vase or some twigs is really about more than a vase and some twigs. It's about creating a vision and lifestyle. 

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Margaret Gehr is the principle owner of Chicagoland Home Staging, servicing the greater Chicago area for home staging, redesign, and design projects. We work in both occupied and vacant homes. 


Comments (1)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Margaret- I agree and love your examples.  It doesn't take much to add that special touch.  The blue vase is perfect for the bathroom. 

Dec 18, 2013 02:02 AM