Home Staging Secrets: How Plants Can Help Sell Your House

Home Staging Secrets: How Plants Can Help Sell Your House

The organic look and feel of green plants definitely add something to a room. It’s a marketing technique that professional home stagers employ with every home they stage, and it’s one you can use too. 

Home Staging with Real Plants vs. Artificial Plants vs. Fresh-Cut Flowers

Though beautiful, we don’t typically advise homeowners to invest in fresh flowers. These have an extremely short shelf life and require a lot of vigilance. While they may work well for a one-day open house, they just won’t last throughout the entire course of your home’s listing. Plus, they’re an allergy trigger for some buyers. Fortunately, there are a number of hard-to-kill green plants that can survive all types of sunlight conditions and sporadic watering schedules, including:

  • Succulents
  • Jade plants
  • Pothos plants
  • Rubber plants
  • Snake plants
  • Spider plants

I adore live plants, but I’ve found that most homeowners don’t want the additional pressures of trying to keep them alive while their house will be on the market. If this sounds like you, consider investing in faux plants.

For years, fake greenery was considered tacky because it was so unmistakably fake – the blue-green silk, the wires poking out, the dusty plastic leaves. Happily, we’re in a new era of artificial foliage, and today’s options can sometimes be extremely difficult to tell apart from the real thing. Faux plants for home staging are available in a wide range of sizes and styles and are perfectly happy to be neglected by a busy home seller.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite plants for home staging and why they work so well.

Homes with plants feel happier. 

Better Homes & Gardens Faux Aloe Plant in White and Black Stone Planter, 11″ x 6.5″

Plants bring the outdoors in.

From a design perspective, plants soften the transition from outdoors to indoors. They add a layer of depth by bringing nature inside your home, thereby visually expanding your space.

artificial fiddle leaf fig

Artificial Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, 30.5″

Plants make great decorating props. 

A large floor plant makes a great space filler in the absence of other furniture. Smaller plants on a table or countertop are another great way to put a finishing touch on your look. A few pretty greenery stems in a beautiful container make a great focal point for a vignette.

Artificial Olive Branch Stems

Artificial Olive Branch Stems, 5 pieces

Plants help define the space. 

Something as simple as an orchid in the bathroom or a potted tree in the corner can give buyers a feeling of how tall the ceilings are or how wide the counters may be.

6' Artificial Ficus Tree

Artificial Ficus Tree, 72″

Plants help a house feel like a home.

If you’ve just spent a lot of time de-personalizing a space to give it more mass appeal, chances are good it may feel a bit sterile to you. Green plants are a great way to add a bit of warmth and personality while still keeping your home fairly neutral. They’re also a great way to add a bit of color and life to the space.

artificial plants

Artificial Mini Plants, Set of 3


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Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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