Author: Jillian Dinnie, Design and Merchandising
No matter what the project is or what furnishings you are working with, good design is embedded in the careful consideration of scale and proportion. Good design reflects the life that will be enjoyed in the home, and each one will be one of a kind!
When you ask a stager that primarily works in owner-occupied homes how to have a successful stage with outdated pieces, they will tell you styling, furniture placement, scale, proportion, and knowing how to edit is critical.
You may not always be in luck with the trendiest furnishings in current colors, but great placement and unique finishing touches can create a more modern look. Owner-occupied homes give you an excellent opportunity to learn how to get creative with décor pieces. We have created a list of unique items to home décor, are on-trend, and we will see more of this coming year.
𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐊𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫. Using beautiful scarves or knit pieces to hang on hooks around the home can add color and texture, especially to a room with white walls.
𝐌𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐝é𝐜𝐨𝐫. Brass instruments, guitars, and violins can be mounted to a wall as a décor piece that introduces a metal or wood element to a room. When it is attached by a hook, it will look as though it can be easily removed and played at any time. Homebuyers can imagine themselves or their children picking up a new skill while living in the home.
𝐕𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬. Styling with books and magazines not only adds a warm touch but tempts the homebuyer to stay and pick up a vintage edition of the national geographic or read a coffee table book about the fashion of the 1960s! Having memorable and exciting pieces throughout the stage creates a memory for the homebuyer.
𝐌𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞. We are seeing mobiles trending all over the internet, and they are not just for nurseries. Many people have embraced textured wall hangings in living rooms, and now, mobiles are giving living rooms multi-dimensional and sculptural art that provides movement and texture.
𝐏𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐩𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥. Pedestals are a great addition to a room living room corner. Put a sculptural houseplant or vase on top to give the room charm and sophistication. Vintage objects. Mixing in vintage things like old cameras, record players, brass and silver objects with modern pieces are sure to make your styling stand out.