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9 Great Home Staging Tips from an Interior Decorator

Today I am excited to share great home staging tips from a local interior decorator, Debbie Jacoby! Debbie is selling her beautiful Tudor-style home in NW Ohio and her home design is sure to bring in multiple buyers! I am lucky enough to call her Aunt Debbie and am always inspired by her designs and budget-friendly solutions to give her homes that high-end look.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

9 Home Staging Tips from an Interior Decorator

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

1 | Create a Welcoming Front Entrance

Debbie’s front entrance is perfection. The bold color on the door, beautiful wreath, and fresh flowers give the perfect first impression for any buyer visiting their home. 

Visually appealing front entrance that welcomes all guests

Debbie used faux flowers to fill the second-floor window boxes. She doesn’t have to worry about the flowers dying or watering them daily and you cannot even tell they are faux! This is a great option for homes that are vacant that need that “lived-in” touch.

Faux flowers that look real to keep your exterior looking fresh

2 | Choose 2-3 Main Colors to Carry Throughout the House

I love the vibrant colors that Debbie used in her living room! Most of this furniture was found at second-hand stores that lends to her great, collected style.

Debbie recommends choosing a few colors to carry throughout the house create cohesion. You will notice the continuous use of the colors blue and green throughout her home.

Cohesive color palette throughout the home

3 | Don’t Ignore Styling Your Shelves

Debbie and her husband created built-in bookshelves using an Ikea shelving hack.

When staging the home to sell, she wanted to create a more neutral palette on the bookshelves. She flipped the spines of the books backward so the cream colored pages are shown. You can see she added a few pops of blue and included a few personal photos and items to bring the room to life.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird
Built in bookshelves are staged for the open house

4 | Mix and Match Furniture

Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture! Almost all of Debbie’s furniture has been thrifted or purchased at a deep discount store. This prevents a room from feeling too “matchy-matchy” and automatically gives the room a more relaxed feel, even if it is a formal dining space. You will also notice the blue wall color has carried into the dining room. 

Warm and inviting dining room

5 | Declutter Main Living Spaces

The kitchen has received a LOT of love since Debbie and Paul moved in. They kept the existing cabinets but gave them a fresh coat of white paint. The appliances, lighting, countertops, and backsplash were all replaced. To get the kitchen ready for buyers, she removed most items from the counter to make the kitchen feel as large as possible.

Decluttered kitchen

By the sink, she created a pretty little vignette with fresh flowers and fancy soap.

Fresh flowers by the sink

The kitchen opens into a huge family room with vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The kitchen and family room both have a cool DIY Venetian plaster technique on the walls that give it subtle texture and a very custom (and expensive) look. I am hoping she will teach me this faux finish DIY sometime soon! The family room has been decluttered and staged to perfection.

Beautifully staged living room

I’m slightly obsessed with that cowboy picture.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird
9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

6 | Add Bold Design in Small Spaces

Debbie decided to go bold in the first-floor powder room and applied fun, removable wallpaper. You can find removable wallpaper everywhere these days and it is such a fun way to surprise and delight potential buyers.

A powder room that won't easily be forgotten
9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

Check out how I installed removable wallpaper on the staircase risers in my cousin’s home!

Debbie gave her laundry room some extra design attention that will make any buyer excited to wash their clothes.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird
9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

7 | Create Multi-Purpose Spaces

This house has four large bedrooms and no official “office” space. Debbie staged the three bedrooms beautifully and then created an office in the fourth bedroom. This is helpful for the potential buyers who are less imaginative and are looking for a house with an office. Buyers who need four bedrooms can easily identify that the office space can be used as a bedroom.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird
9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

8 | Give Bedding Some Attention

A beautifully styled bed can turn a bedroom into a showstopper.

The bedding looks fresh, clean and definitely inviting in this first bedroom. The wall colors are neutral and the pops of color are all in the decor. You may notice the flamingo picture in the corner that subtly ties back to the flamingo in the living room.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

Debbie thrifted this dresser and painted it a bright pink to stand out against the gray and white walls.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

GUEST BEDROOM #2:

The second bedroom is clean and uncluttered with neutral walls. The bedding pulls in that blue found throughout the house.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

Another pretty vignette and second-hand dresser.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

This master bedroom feels like it should be in a boutique hotel. Who knew a bright coral accent color could be so relaxing! 

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

One of my favorite elements of Debbie’s designs are the unexpected decor items like the dog plate on the nightstand. 

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

9 | Invest in New, White Towels

The master bathroom has a calming blue-green paint color and the countertops are clean and decluttered. Crisp, white towels create a spa-like feeling bathrooms.

9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird
9 great home staging tips from an interior decorator | Building Bluebird

I hope you found these home staging tips helpful, even if you aren’t selling your home. I know I do! A special thank you to my Aunt Debbie for sharing all of her great decor tips when selling a house.


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