Decorating and Staging Are Different...And Alike

Reblogger Peter Mohylsky, South Walton
Real Estate Broker/Owner with PrimeSouth Properties

The differences between decorating and staging are important to know 

Original content by Kathy Streib

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 housebefore…

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. 

For example:

The leopard painted entry wall could prevent the buyers from focusing on the spacious entry you have.


leopard wall


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.


too much


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. 


oversized furniture


So you see, interior design and home staging are very much alike and yet different. Different goals with similar tools. 


 Kathy Streib 

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Peter Mohylsky, South Walton every post from Kathy is worthy of a reblog..... this one was exceptional...

Aug 13, 2019 04:27 AM #1
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

True enough...sometimes "wrong" is's different

Aug 13, 2019 04:51 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Peter. You must admit, Kathy Streib can describe things well. Enjoy your day 

Aug 13, 2019 04:59 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Peter- thank you for the reblog. 

Aug 13, 2019 06:26 PM #4
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