Faux Plants in Chicagoland Home Staging. Add a little life to a home.

Home Stager with Chicagoland Home Staging LLC

If you talk with home stagers you may find two camps when it comes to faux plants. You'll get some people who will expressly tell you that fake flowers and greenery are OUT. Then you'll get others who say that they add life to a room (even if the plants are in fact made of plastic). 

Chicagoland Home Staging says plants add life to a home

In our case, we at Chicagoland Home Staging believe that plants and flowers can add life to a home, even when they are fake. There is something inheritley comfortable and pleasing about plants. 

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Large plants and trees can fill up holes in the room where no furniture would make sense. They can add height and color, drawing your eye upward. 

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A lovely bouquet of flowers can add warmth and brightness to a room and it's not just about their color. Human beings are naturally drawn to flowers. They make us happy. They send positive messages to our brain. Isn't that exactly what you want when you are trying to get buyers to fall in love? 

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Plants can add structure and balance rooms. When adding them to a home staging job, we take careful consideration as to shape, size, and form. The large tree in the first photo would be horrible in this one. Still a large plant/tree was exactly what the space called for. Knowing what to use and when is one of the things that Chicagoland Home Staging takes pride in and why our customers understand that Home Staging is not just adding furniture, art, and accessories. It's about adding the right furniture, art, and accessories. 

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Finally, plants, flowers and greenery, can help fill in spaces, adding much needed color, texture, and flow. 

Plants are a great accessory in home staging. One important point, however, is to be careful not to overdo them. A little goes a long way. Too many can easily become clutter. Also it is important that the plants are in good condition - not faded by sunlight, or tattered by too many moves. Faux plants should also been clean and dust free. One of the worst things in a home that is for sale is dust and dirt. Plants can be an accumulator of dust, so be careful that they are always clean and in good condition. 

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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 (5)

Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Has to be tastefully done & not old! By that I mean, plant styles (vinyl perhaps?) that are now out of style.

Jan 09, 2014 12:16 AM
Margaret Gehr
Chicagoland Home Staging LLC - Naperville, IL

Agreed Lyn. These are not our mothers florals, green ivy on stick, or old dusty ficus trees, but a few floral stems for a splash of fun, simple potted plants or grass, or orchids can go a long way.

Jan 09, 2014 07:40 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Margaret ~ we use plants and trees too, but so agree with you that they must not be overdone.  I've seen too many photos of what I call "staging with plants" where there's one used as a main centerpiece on every table top, mantle, and even on windowsills.  On the other hand, quality plants and silks used to direct the eye to a feature of the home is an effective staging tool (as in your photos).  

Jan 10, 2014 01:33 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

I agree, Margaret!  Faux white orchids and boxwood make up the majority of my "plants", with a tree and lately ferns.  I like to keep it simple - no fussy multi-flower arrangements.

Jan 12, 2014 11:30 PM
Tina Parker
EXP Realty Canada Inc. - Halifax, NS
Managing Associate Broker

There are so many beautiful, authentic versions now it's hard to believe they aren't used by some. I agree with you on everything but also that they add balance to those awkward rooms when nothing else works. Great job in your photos.

Jan 15, 2014 07:23 PM