Decorating and Staging Are Different...And Alike
What’s that you say? How can decorating and staging be both different and alike?
At a social function recently, when someone I’d just met learned that I was a home stager (semi-retired) their comment was one I’d heard before…
Oh no, if I ever have you over you’ll be looking at everything I have wrong.
I assured them that it was not the case at all. (Well in full disclosure, I might see things I would do differently but that’s not to say it’s wrong.)
How Decorating and Staging Alike...
They both follow or adhere to the basic principles of interior design such as...
~Proportion and Scale
When staging a property, it is important to keep the basic principles of interior design in mind.
How Decorating and Staging Are Different…
Interior design is focused on the individual(s) who live in the home...their lifestyle...their personal preferences...their choice of styles, furnishings, and color. Furniture placement and function fit how the family lives.
Staging or styling a home for sale focuses on the potential buyers who will be viewing your property. They will be looking to see if it will fit in with THEIR lifestyle.
They will be looking for the possibilities and liveability of the property.
Anything that can distract or detract from their seeing is this needs to be removed or addressed.
The leopard painted entry wall could prevent the buyers from focusing on the spacious entry you have.
That very expensive piece of art in your entry is stunning but will your buyers be able to see past it to your oasis of a backyard.
The family loves watching television together in the family room but a buyer will only see a lack of space in an area that most families spend a lot of time in.
So you see, interior design and home staging are very much alike and yet different. Different goals with similar tools.