One of our favorite parts of what we do is staging our newly painted pieces. When we have completed a piece, we always stage it somewhere in our house so that we can take pictures of it for our listings. We feel that staging our pieces makes it easier for customers to envision the pieces in their own homes.
We love staging because it gives us the chance to bring a piece to life. Staging is our chance to do our favorite thing: decorate!
Some people are intimidated by decorating a piece, or any part of their home, but it is actually very simple. There are many different ways and styles to approach decorating a piece, but this is our own personal style. This is certainly not the only way to do it, but this works for us.
This was our blank slate.
This is how we styled it. We usually follow these four easy steps.
First we like to start off with some bigger pieces.
It can be art, big decorative pieces, or pretty storage. Storage does not have to mean big bulky plastic containers. Storage can be made pretty with decorative, but functional bins, boxes, totes, or baskets.
Since this is a bookcase, the next step it to add the books!
This is your chance to make your piece functional. A piece that is both pretty and functional is very important. Space is limited in any home, no matter how big, so make sure you aren’t wasting it.
Third, we usually add personal touches and trinkets that we love.
Each piece or area of your home should have things that are personal to you. It can be pictures, art, souvenirs, or anything that is special to you. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
Finally, top everything off with some plants.
Plants instantly liven up any space. If you aren’t good at keeping plants alive, like me, adding a fake plant can resolve this issue. I don’t love the idea of fake plants because sometimes that can really look awful, but finding realistic looking plants is not impossible.
Decorating a new piece or even rearranging an area in your home does not have to be expensive. You can find great deals on the clearance rack or at garage sales, but before you even think about shopping, shop your own home first. Go to each room in your house and find an item or two that you wouldn’t mind moving. This is an easy way to update your home in one day! You may even complete your project without spending any money.
In the end your piece will be functional, pretty, personal, and an expression of your creativity. The most important thing is just trying things out until you’re happy. It is very easy to tweak it until it’s just right. Don’t over think it or be afraid to try anything. You may end up surprising yourself!
We love to know, what is your favorite part of staging? Happy decorating!