Not sure how to accessorize an end table or nightstand? Stuck on how to style a coffee table? The possibilities are endless, and there are no hard and fast rules, but the goal is to always keep basic design principles in mind while using accessories as tools to express the homeowner’s style (redesign) or to freshen up and neutralize the room (staging). Use these tips to accessorize any coffee table, end table or nightstand for your home staging or redesign project:
- Use groupings in odd numbers (three to five pieces is ideal).
- Vary the heights of items used (small, medium, and large) to keep the eye moving. A popular staging trick is using a small stack of books to add extra height to an accessory!
- Incorporate organic elements (plants, branches, sea shells, flowers, wooden bowls) to bring the outside in.
- Layer your accessories. It’s okay to let a lamp cover a portion of the artwork or to layer art elements.
Accessorizing for Staging vs. Redesign
For staging, choose neutral accessories that update any setting without showcasing a hobby or profiling the owner (while your home is on the market is NOT the time to display your collection of sports memorabilia or unicorn figurines). For redesign, however, it’s all about the homeowner and surrounding them with the things they love (NOW you can bring out that collection); use unique items that add character, such as something purchased from a trip, and group around it.
Do you need a little help accessorizing your home for sale? Take a look at our home staging services. We offer Walk and Talk Consultations and Online Home Staging Consultations for clients outside the Houston area. Or do you want to refresh your home with a new look? Take a look at our e-Design services, available to clients anywhere!