My Top 5 Go-To Home Staging & Styling Props (Plus A Free Download)
One of our participants in our home staging discussion group (free to join, join us!), Michelle, asked:
“What are the “go-to” home decor accessories home stagers use, i.e. greenery, floral, faux fruit?”
This is a great question, and I have a few that I use all the time. Here are my top 5 styling props that I use all the time.
1. ORCHIDS & HIGH QUALITY FLORALS
In an ideal world, I would love to use real orchids all the time, and I have for my high-end projects. However, with the bulk of our work, it is difficult for clients to take care of them as we would. Also with the budget restraints (live plants require maintenance, which may be outside of client’s budget), we use high-quality faux florals and greeneries instead.
Orchids is a very versatile prop. It is elegant, beautiful and can go into pretty much any interiors, regardless the style of the home. They are also suitable for any rooms. You can place a large grouping in containers for a centerpiece in a grand entryway, or set the scene as a centerpiece in the dining room. Or use it in the bathroom to create a spa-like feel.
I love using books as decorative objects. On any projects, I have at least one book bins filled with hardcover books. They are great as space fillers, and you can introduce subtle pops of colors into the scene. They also double as risers where I can prop them to create more heights for other props.
3. BOWLS, CUPS, VASES & TRAYS
When I’m staging, I usually lay out all my props on the kitchen counter for “easy shopping.” Here is a glimpse of a corner during a staging.
If I’m nearby, I always go into Anthropologie and shop their sales section. I usually can find pretty good deals on home goods at Anthro.
I did a bit of prop shopping while I was visiting LA earlier this month.
I am container-obsessed. Oddly, I get this from my dad. We love buying dishes, containers, cups, vases, and trays. I recently was on a workcation, and I added quite a bit to my container collection. I especially love ceramics; it adds a calming and organic effect to the scene. And, to be honest, I used to not appreciate ceramics at all. I thought they were plain and boring. It was not until I started working on set, I started appreciating how beautiful and subtle they are.
They are also incredibly versatile. I’ve used vases as utensil holders in the kitchen, used bowls for small plants and dishes as a display for air plants. The right vessel with the right filler / floral arrangement / props can set the scene and make the interior warm and inviting.
Fillers are the perfect companion to the vessels, and I have a vast collections of them. I have vase fillers, wicker balls, moss balls, lacquer balls, faux lemons, lime, bread, you name it. Whenever I’m on site, I have at least 2-3 bins of different types of fillers with me.
5. LIFESTYLE ELEMENTS
I feel that it is important to introduce lifestyle elements into the scene. What I mean by “lifestyle elements” are those things that help to breathe life into space, instead of feeling sterile or too staged. This can be the teapot on the night stand, a bowl of fruit on the dining table, little bits and pieces that add life into a place. I especially love buying little figurines and place them on nightstands and books. I sometimes will do a breakfast tray for the bed as well. I recommend using these lifestyle moments sparingly. Too much of it can come across cheesy.