Front Porch Ideas and Home Staging Tips

In my experience with home sellers, the front porch is often one of the most neglected parts of a home. This makes sense when you think about how most homeowners use the front porch…in that they really don’t use it at all. Many homeowners enter their house through the garage or a back door entrance, and only briefly pop their head out the front door when greeting a guest or receiving a package.

This is NOT the experience potential buyers will have when visiting your home. They’ll often arrive ahead of the real estate agent and stand on the front porch, impatiently tapping their toes, straining to peek in the window, AND JUDGING EVERY SQUARE INCH OF IT.

And let’s be honest: they have every right to do that. They’re trying to decide whether or not to invest thousands of dollars in purchasing your property! So take the time to make sure your very first impression is a great one!

Front Porch Staging Tips

  1. Clean, clean, clean! Sweep the porch, brush away cobwebs, empty the bug carcasses from light fixtures, shine the windows, and wipe down doors.
  2. Refresh the finishes. Re-painting or replacing your front entry door is actually one of the top ROI updates you can make to your home. While you’re at it, consider updating heavily scratched or peeling door hardware. Make sure the house number is visible and in good shape as well.
  3. Add life! Plants and colorful flowers are a great way to transition buyers from the outside to the inside, but keep pottery neutral, unobtrusive, and to a minimum. This is not the spot to go all “Crazy Plant Lady/Man.”
  4. Accessorize CAREFULLY. A few carefully chosen, neutral accessories will add a welcoming touch (see suggestion below). Too many personalized accessories will send buyers the message that you are firmly planted in this home and may not really be interested in leaving. “Too personalized” includes (but is not limited to) the following:
    • all statuary (gnomes, angels, pet memorials, saints, butterflies, birds, and toads)
    • flags and banners (ALL types)
    • chimes, dangling or spinning decor
    • anything remotely political or religious
    • anything made by your kids or grandkids
    • any cutesy/personalized/instructional signs (i.e., monogrammed door mats, “No Soliciting” sign, “The Jones Family” plaque, etc.)

Front Porch Decor Ideas

Take a look at some of our recommendations for front porch staging decor. Use it as inspiration to shop for your own pieces or simply click to order from Amazon.

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This eucalyptus wreath has beautiful thick leaves and full berries – simple and elegant. You’ll need to fluff out the leaves a bit after delivery since it’s packed pretty tightly in the box. Looks great on a door under a covered front porch!


CEWOR Artificial Eucalyptus Wreath 20inch Large Green Leaf Wreath for Festival Celebration Front Door Wall Window Party Decoration

This layered rug set is the perfect combo for beautiful MLS photos and home showings! Versatile, low maintenance, easy to clean, chic, and trendy. (I do recommend bringing them indoors during a heavy rain, though).


Sierra Concepts Pure Coco Coir Front Door Welcome Mat Outdoor Rug 30″x17″ + Buffalo Plaid Rug Checkered Layered Black and White Floor Combo Set – Non Slip Entryway Indoor Outdoors Mats Home Sweet Home

This 4’ tall Mini Cedar Pine Tree perfectly captures the essence of the real thing, AND YOU CAN’T KILL IT! Super versatile – looks great in sunny or snowy climates and withstands the elements well.


Nearly Natural 5172 4ft. Cedar Tree Silk Tree (Indoor/Outdoor),Green,49.5″ x 9″ x 9″

This weather-proof planter will look chic and elegant on your front porch all year long. The UV protection within the material allows for a long-lasting fade-free performance.


Tusco Products MC16 BK 16″ Modern Colonial Garden Planter, 16 inches, Black

If your front porch has the space for it, add a focal point with a rustic acacia wood bench.


Christopher Knight Home Carlisle Outdoor Acacia Wood and Rustic Metal Bench, Sandblack Finish / Rustic Metal

This vintage lantern and LED candle add a touch of warmth and welcome to your front porch photos.


Bright Zeal 14″ Tall Black Vintage Candle Lantern with LED Flickering Flameless Candles and Timer (Batteries Included) – Candle Lanterns Decorative – Indoor Outdoor Hanging Lights – Candles & Holders

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Quiz: Is Your Home Ready to Sell?

Quiz time! Are you ready to sell your house? You may feel like you’re ready…but that doesn’t necessarily mean your house is. Have you done everything in your power to squeeze out every penny of hidden equity in your home? To successfully sell your home quickly and profitably?

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Our Favorite Kitchen Home Staging Decor Finds on Amazon

Most real estate professionals will agree that your kitchen can seal (or break) the deal for many home buyers. That makes proper presentation in this space absolutely critical when selling your house. Everything about the kitchen should present itself as a warm and inviting — a great place to share a meal, entertain, or gather with family and friends.

Using the Right Accessories

When it comes to staging a home for sale, photographers and agents often advise clients to clear kitchen counters completely. Often this is because the homeowner has way too much stuff out, and it’s simply easier and less awkward to ask them to pack up everything.

It’s true: clearing the counters does help the kitchen appear more spacious. But leaving them completely empty can also feel a bit cold and sterile. Using a few simple accessories as “marketing pieces” helps add warmth to your space.

Our Favorite Finds on Amazon

Staging a kitchen is simple and fairly inexpensive with the right props. To help you get started, we’ve put together some of our favorite home staging accessories for kitchens. Use it as inspiration for staging your own home or shop these budget-friendly Amazon home decor finds that complement almost any kitchen.

Put away the plastic utensils or old wooden spoons stained with spaghetti sauce. We want your kitchen to look fresh and elegant! This beautiful, solid teak wood utensil set adds warmth and a bit of functionality to your kitchen countertop display.

Use a utensil organizer for those pretty wooden spoons! This one has a beautiful and elegant relief pattern with brown stripes on the edges. It easily matches most home décor and adds a little delicacy.

In some homes, setting the table is the perfect finishing touch in a dining area. However, it’s important to use neutral fairly place settings. We want the focus to be on your home, not the dishes! Bring an elegant sense of contemporary style to the dining room or breakfast nook with this everyday dinnerware set.

These beautifully handcrafted placemats will add a little texture to your design. They’ll also protect and dress up your tables. I have some myself, and I love that they’re durable and can be reused for a long time.

During consultations, I often recommend clients hide dish towels when staging. They typically add a distracting pop of color or they’re stained/smelly or have a chicken print all over the front. The right dish towels, however, can be a really pretty finishing touch if they tie the room together. What I love about this towel is that it brings a bit of pattern and texture to your kitchen design.

These hand-hewn rustic wooden dough bowls are solid and great looking decorative pieces on a kitchen island. Fill them with faux fruit to draw a home buyer’s attention to a beautiful kitchen island!

Kitchens need greenery! Bring some fresh color into your displays with faux fruit. (Add it to the wooden dough bowl to create a pretty centerpiece!)

When choosing kitchen accessories, help buyers envision themselves preparing a delicious meal in a beautiful new kitchen. This antique inspired wooden kitchen cookbook holder stand is a handy tool for “lifestyle marketing.”

Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive and over-the-top; it does, however, have to show potential buyers that your home could be theirs. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, we can help!

Three Bears Home Staging specializes in positive, empowering home staging consultations that provide immediate, one-on-one feedback. We teach homeowners exactly what needs to be done to prepare their home for the quickest, most profitable sale! We offer both Walk & Talk Consultations and Online Home Staging Consultations to provide all clients with the tools they need to successfully sell their home. Prefer to DIY your home staging? Take a look at our online course, Easy DIY Home Staging for Home Sellers. Contact us here if we can help!

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The Rules of Good Home Seller Etiquette

Part of our job teaching home owners how to have a more successful sale means educating them about home seller etiquette. Believe it or not, there is (sort of an unwritten?) set of rules that govern good home seller behavior (there’s definitely a code of etiquette for home buyers, too — we’ll circle back to that one on a different day). And just like all codes of conduct, the rules of home seller etiquette are meant to reflect an attitude of consideration, kindness, and respect toward your potential home buyers and the real estate agents trying to sell your home.

Wondering what they are (or more likely, wondering if you’ve broken any of the rules)? Take a look:

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Try to never, ever turn down a showing! The more potential buyers who come through your door, the greater your chances of getting an offer.
  • Always say “yes” to showings. Sometimes accommodating showings is going to be a little bit of a hassle for you. It’s hard to just pick up and leave your house, especially when you don’t have much notice beforehand. But it’s important to be as flexible as possible with showings. The more people you are able to get through the door, the greater your chances are of getting an offer.
  • Leave the house. Buyers don’t feel comfortable when the owner is at the home. You want buyers to relax and start envisioning this house as their future home, and they can’t do that if you’re hovering in the background. As the home seller, you should not be around for any home showing event for any reason, including:
    • Home showing appointments
    • Open houses
    • Broker tours and caravans
    • Home inspections paid for by the buyer
    • Buyer’s appraisal
  • Take you pets with you. Your fur and feather babies can kill a sale. A “for sale” home should convey an atmosphere of relaxation from the moment a potential buyer steps in the door. Barking dogs, overly friendly cats, or squawking parrots do not promote relaxation. Nervous animals create nervous buyers. Whenever possible, completely remove animals from the home during showings. It’s safer for your pets, too. If it’s just not possible, be sure animals are safely secured in an area that will be minimally distracting to potential buyers.
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Taking fur (and feather) babies with you when you leave for home buyers is safer for your pets and lets you show your home at its very best.
  • Provide documentation. Potential buyers are going to have questions, and it’s ideal to provide immediate answers in writing. To effectively do this, we always recommend clients put together a Home Marketing Binder and leave it on the kitchen counter or another conspicuous spot. This binder should contain information like average monthly utility costs, a copy of your floorplan and survey, any appliance manuals, a list of home improvements, and information about the neighborhood and local schools. We offer a FREE downloadable template and instructions, but if you want to REALLY showcase your home’s unique value to potential buyers, take a look at our easy-to-customize Canva templates in The Template Shop!
  • Move your car. Make it easy for buyers to park and get in. If your potential buyer has to circle the block or drive up and down the street to look for parking, they may just skip taking the tour of your home. No one likes parking problems, and having them is a sure way to get a buyer off to a bad start.
  • Be patient. Of course, you want to know what buyers thought of your home, but that feedback may not get back to you the moment they leave your house. Give the agents a day or two to gather feedback. Sometimes buyers need to process what they’ve seen and think things over before making an offer. Trust me, if they love your house, you’ll hear from them!
  • Accept feedback with an open mind (and don’t shoot the messenger). It can be really hard to hear criticisms of a home that you’ve loved and worked hard to prepare for the market. But try to keep an open mind about the information you receive. Remember — this is a business transaction. Keep it professional and do what it takes to get it sold. If buyers hate the neighborhood or floorplan, that’s obviously something you can’t change. But if you’re consistently hearing that the house looks “dated” or that the carpet is worn out, it may be time to seriously consider some improvements — or price reductions. Talk to your realtor about what steps they recommend to bring you in line with what buyers in your market are looking for (they’re experts in this field and want to get your home sold, too!).

Have you experienced bad home seller etiquette? Have you committed bad home seller etiquette?? Tell us about it in the comments! If you’re planning to sell a home soon, let Three Bears Home Staging walk you through the preparation process. Our consultations and home staging services have helped hundreds of home owners sell their properties faster and for more money (and with fabulous manners) — we can help you, too!

*** Hey, real estate agents — looking for a way to easily convey this information to your clients? Download our Home Seller Etiquette template! Easily customize this flyer in Canva with your own logo/branding/photo/colors/wording, then print and include in your listing packet! ***

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Home Seller Etiquette | Template for Canva

Easy DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner That Really Works!

Weird times we’re living in. Like many of you, my family has spent a LOT of time at home on lockdown the past few weeks trying to stay healthy during this pandemic. Being the fastidious creature that I am, I decided to use the opportunity to get ahead on some serious spring cleaning and try some new, thriftier, healthier, and more effective DIY cleaner. 

I did a little research, and y’all…I feel like I accidentally stumbled onto the secret sauce of cleaning. This DIY cleaner recipe (which, apparently, is NOT a secret at all if you spend even 30 seconds looking on Pinterest, as it’s featured on a number of different sites) is amazing. It’s all-natural has done the work for me on everything I’ve sprayed it on. (I’m fairly certain it will NOT disinfect anything, though — just make it clean. So don’t use it for trying to kill the coronavirus or any other germs).

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DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

1/4 cup good quality de-greasing liquid dish soap (we like Dawn)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Combine and pour in spray bottle. Spray on surface to be cleaned and wait 30 – 45 minutes. Scrub. Wipe clean with damp cloth. *Not for use on quartz, granite, or other porous stone surface. Spot test before use.

My Test Subjects

  • Oven. Ok, so full disclosure: I do not have a super dirty, crusty, burnt-up oven interior. I try to deep clean it at least once a year, but I HATE oven cleaner. It’s caustic and emits horrible fumes, which make a loathsome job even worse. I sprayed this stuff in a cold oven, let it sit for about 30 or 40 minutes, then wiped with a nylon scrubbie. WOW — all the spatters and burnt spots came right off! Then just wipe down with a wet paper towel to rinse. I also got my best friend to give this stuff a test drive, and unfortunately, she did not have the same results. I think that’s because she was starting off with a lot more gunk in the oven so if your oven is more spattered than mine, it might be worth trying the Self-Cleaning function on your oven first to burn off most of the grime, wipe it down after it’s cooled, and then following up with a round of Easy-Off Fume Free Oven Cleaner afterward for better results.
  • Oven racks. Same deal. Spray and wait for about 40 minutes. Wipe with a nylon scrubbie. Clean!
  • Glass shower panels. We squeegee our shower panels after each use so my glass did not have a heavy build-up of hard water stains and soap scum. But of course, some crud was there anyway, so I sprayed it on, let it sit for 45 minutes, wiped with a nylon scrubbie — BOOM! Clean!
  • Bathroom sinks and tubs. This stuff easily cuts through the crud my kids spit into the sink, as well as bathtub funkiness. Just spray and wipe with a Magic Eraser. Rinse.
  • White grout. I have light colored tile with white grout throughout the first floor of my home, including the entryways. Needless to say, it’s easy for white grout lines to start looking dark gray/blackish in certain spots. I sprayed the grout today then gave it a quick swipe with a wet scrub brush. Clean! Just did my regular steam mop routine after that, but the floors like like they’ve been professionally steam cleaned!

***Word of caution: Test this solution on a small spot before spraying it indiscriminately. Do NOT use this cleaner on granite, quartz, or any other natural stone surface. It is extremely acidic and will etch the stone.***

We love DIY cleaner! Do you need some help figuring out how to tackle tricky spots in your home? The experts at Three Bears Home Staging can teach you lots of useful tricks for making your home look its best and most beautiful for potential buyers! Take a look at our services here or contact us here for more information.

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Tips for Safer Home Showings During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The coronavirus outbreak naturally has many of us in the real estate business on edge since so much of our business involves face-to-face interaction.

While avoiding direct contact with others is obviously the best way to ensure the safety of agents, buyers, and sellers, it may not always be possible. There are some precautions that can be taken to minimize the risk if agents or clients do host an in-person showing. Feel free to share the infographic below or download a free PDF version here.

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The National Association of Realtors (NAR) encourages agents to be open and honest about the risks of an open house during this time. Recent guidelines released by the trade association ask that agents “Assess the risk based on your specific location, and direct your clients to local and state health authorities for specific information about the severity of the risk in your area.”

NAR also recommends using alternative marketing tactics, like virtual and video tours. Consider asking your brokerage what alternative options and technologies you could use during this time. Three Bears Home Staging even offers online home staging consultations (virtual Walk and Talk Consultations) to clients everywhere. It could help both you and your community at large stay healthier in the long run.

Stay safe. Be well.

Our Favorite Neutral Home Staging Decor Finds on Amazon

Did you know that rooms that have too many personal items, too much furniture, or even too much “color clutter” can actually make your home appear smaller, more cramped, and less inviting to potential buyers?

In other words, when it comes to staging your home for sale, your home should be what’s on display — not your stuff. Your decor should serve as a beautiful background palette that allows buyers to envision the lifestyle they want…and transition from the logical decision to visit your home (because it fits their size/location criteria) to the emotional decision to make an offer (because they can “see” themselves living in that home)!

So how do you do it without creating a space that feels sterile and empty?

One way is to incorporate neutral home decor pieces that add texture, warmth, and interest to the space. These pieces should serve as highlights to the architectural features of the home, not as the focal point themselves. To help you get started, take a look at these neutral, budget-friendly home decor finds available on Amazon that can complement almost any space.

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BIRDROCK HOME Round Pouf Foot Stool Ottoman, a beautiful way to add texture (and additional seating) to a room.


neutral home decor

Longhui Bedding Fringe Knit Cotton Throw Blanket, brings a decorative element to any sofa, couch, bed, recliner or sitting bench.



neutral home decor

Ledger Modern Accent Table Lamps Set of 2 are an easy way to update a bedroom or living room end tables.


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Versanora VN-L00007 Romanza Tripod Metal Legs LED Floor Lamp; Home buyers love light, bright spaces, and this modern design will give your space an updated vibe.



neutral home decor

Trvone Round Mirror 32″ Large Wall Mirror will double the light and visual depth in a small room, making the space appear larger. Perfect for hanging above a fireplace or in an entryway


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Ailsan Hand Woven Tufted Throw Pillows Cover helps add a little texture and brightness to a dark couch or bedding.


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Tiffasea Decorative Throw Pillow Covers make a great statement piece on your couch or bed.


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nuLOOM Natura Collection Chunky Loop Jute Rug; Rugs aren’t always a good idea when staging a home for sale, but this beautifully textured jute rug can really pull a space together.



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Enrico 2220 Root Wood Small Bowl is a beautiful accent to a coffee table or open shelving.


Home staging doesn’t have to be expensive and over-the-top, but it does have to show potential buyers that your home could be theirs. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, we can help! Three Bears Home Staging offers Walk & Talk Consultations that provide immediate, one-on-one feedback about exactly what needs to be done right away to prepare the home for the quickest, most profitable sale! For clients outside the Houston area, we offer Online Home Staging Consultations. Give us a call at (832) 377-0785 to get started or contact us here.

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THREE BEARS HOME STAGING of KATY, TEXAS Awarded Best Of Houzz 2020

[KATY, Texas], February 13, 2020 – Three Bears Home Staging of Katy, Texas has won a Best Of Houzz award for Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 7-year old home staging consulting firm was chosen by the millions of homeowners that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2019. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2020” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz connects millions of homeowners with the best home professional for their project, and we are honored that our work has been recognized among the other talented staging and redesign professionals,” says Vannessa Rhoades, author of Just Right: Easy DIY Home Staging and founder of Three Bears Home Staging.

“This year’s Best Of Houzz awards go to an incredibly talented and service-oriented group of home remodeling and design professionals, and we’re proud to highlight the winners on the Houzz website and app,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “This award is particularly meaningful as it reflects the sentiment of the millions of homeowners in the Houzz community who are hiring home professionals for their projects across the U.S. and around the world.”

To see Three Bears Home Staging’s Houzz profile and read customer reviews, visit: https://www.houzz.com/pro/3bearsstaging/__public

About Houzz Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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When to Use a Rug in Home Staging (and When Not To)

Joel Coen’s cult classic The Big Lebowski weaves together a fascinating story of kidnapping, chaos, and bowling as Jeff Bridges’s character, The Dude, faces one adventure after another in the search for his rug.

THE rug.

The rug “that really tied the room together.”

As The Dude sagely noted, a favorite rug can really bring all the elements of a space into harmony. A good rug adds interest, defines the space, helps absorb noise, and creates a sense of warmth.

Used improperly, however, rugs can really distort a potential buyer’s perception of your home when staging for sale. From being a simple trip hazard to posing a major distraction, some rugs really just work better for staging when they’re gone.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a few pointers to keep in mind when deciding whether your rug should stay or go when staging your house for sale:

  • Rugs on a carpet are a BIG no-no when it comes to home staging. Buyers tend to think you’re trying to cover up stains.
  • If you or anyone else has smoked in the same room as the rug or if you have pets who’ve had occasional “accidents” on the rug, just remove the rug completely. No matter how well you think you may have cleaned that rug, there’s a really good chance it’s still holding odors. Even if you can’t smell it, there’s a decent chance your buyer will.
  • Just because a rug was expensive/imported/hand-knotted by magical elves/has all your favorite colors does not mean it will do you any favors when it’s time to sell your home. If the rug is damaged, stained, stinky, missing fringe, or too taste-specific, roll up that treasure and put it into storage for now. Invest a few bucks on a less expensive rug that will do a better job showing off your home.
  • Stick with textures and neutrals when using a rug for home staging. Sisal or shag rugs are great options and look good in MLS photos.
  • Area rugs (typically rugs at least 5’ x 7’ or larger) in living rooms usually look best when the front legs of the furniture are anchored on the rug. A standard 8’ x 10’ rug works well in most living rooms.
  • Small rugs should be REMOVED from the house when staging your home for sale. Having runners, doormats, and other small rugs lying around can feel cluttered to buyers and interrupts the visual flow of the house, especially in your MLS photos. Buyers want to see the condition and quality of flooring — show them! It’s also worth noting that smaller rugs can present a bigger trip hazard for some buyers, so play it safe and take them out.
  • Bath mats are gross to potential buyers. And to be fair, having a bunch of strangers walking on your bath mat in their dirty shoes should probably feel gross to you as a seller. Keep your bath mats for stepping out of the shower safely, but stow them away in a cabinet or closet when photographing your MLS pictures or showing the home to buyers.

If you’re still confused you can use the handy flowchart we’ve created especially for you, dear readers. You can also contact Three Bears Home Staging for a Walk and Talk Consultation or an Online Home Staging Consultation to get our feedback.

The Dude abides…

Home Design Trends for 2020

Happy New Year! While much of our focus may be on refreshing our personal lives, our homes deserve a little attention too. Just as with every new year, our list of 2020 home design trends reflects what is gaining popularity: some of it’s inspiring, some feels way over-the-top, and some of it is old-becomes-new-again.

Design trends and fads can be a tricky thing when selling your home. Though home staging tends to focus on neutralizing strong design choices in order to create mass appeal, home sellers should consider giving a nod toward current trends when possible and removing styles that may feel dated.

With that said, here are a few up-and-coming home design trends on the horizon for 2020 (including SOME that actually work for home staging).

  • Beige is back. Most professional color sources are in agreement that beige walls are making a comeback. Although white is still at the top, beige, greige and other warmer hues are creeping back to the top of the list of preferred wall colors, while grays are steadily declining.
Photo by Barnes Construction Group via Houzz
  • Warm, earthy colors. These saturated hues and jewel tones, like chocolate, olive green, saffron, and wine, continue to grow in popularity as the cooler-toned palettes are seeing a progressive decline (although upon re-reading the list of sample colors I mentioned, it’s possible that I’m just hungry).
  • Dramatic print wallpapers. Bold designs and even pattern matching (having the same pattern fabric and wallpaper) is becoming more common. This is NOT a route you should go if you’re staging your home for sale, though, as it’s simply to taste-specific to appeal to a large number of home buyers.
Photo by Sarah & Ruby Design Studio via Houzz
  • Bold powder rooms. Looking for a small space to experiment with that dramatic wallpaper? Powder rooms (also known as half baths) are a popular choice! Navy blue is another super popular statement color popular with homeowners, especially in powder rooms, leading Sherwin-Williams to name Naval (SW 6244) as their 2020 Color of the Year.
Photo by Black Knight Group via Houzz
  • Antiques and meaningful pieces mixed with new treasures. Layering past and present souvenirs and handmade pieces that tell your story and reflect your space are also seeing a rise in popularity as homeowners strive to create a space that truly feels like home. Again, NOT something you should do for staging (buyers don’t care about your personal stuff…or they may care too much and find it a distraction), but this is a beautiful trend for redesign.
Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors via Houzz
  • Natural accents. The texture and visual warmth of linens, wicker, grasscloth, rattan, and rustic woods are seeing a resurgence in popularity.
Photo by OMNIA Group Architects via Houzz

What design trends have you noticed gaining traction in your area? Let us know in the comments!

Want a little help putting a design plan together for your home? Check out our easy, affordable e-design services.

If you’re thinking of selling your home this year and need a little help making sure you’ve got a look that buyers will love, contact Three Bears Home Staging for a Walk and Talk Consultation — for clients outside the Houston area, we offer Online Home Staging Consultations as well. We’d love to help!