Home Design Trends to Expect in 2022

It’s a new year and time to re-examine home design trends for 2022. We’ve spent a lot more time in our homes the past two years, loving or hating everything around us. The 2022 home design trends reflect that, prioritizing comfort, feeling good, and function over form.

Take a look at a few recurrent themes we’re seeing for 2022 (and how they may apply to home staging):

The Color Green and Biophilic Design

Modern Farmhouse Bathroom Nod to Nature farmhouse

Major paint manufacturers, like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams, have included various shades of green on their lists of top paint colors for 2022. (Pinterest has seen searches for green interior inspiration increase by 80 percent this year.)

Benjamin Moore 2022 Color of the Year, October Mist
Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog
Modern Geometric Ceramic Vases Set of 2

9-Piece Botanical Plant Wall Art Prints

Large Flannel Velvet Plush Throw

Square Throw Pillow Covers

Separated Spaces

Open floor plans have been most homebuyers’ preference for years. In recent years, however, we’ve started to see a shift, with buyers favoring layouts that provide more opportunities for privacy. Improved technology has enabled more homeowners to work remotely, with Covid-19 accelerating this trend over the last couple of years. Today’s buyers want a distinction between living and working spaces.

Los Gatos Residence contemporary-bedroom

In addition, we’re seeing more multigenerational living arrangements due to the high costs of housing and eldercare. Flexible spaces that accommodate multiple generations and functions will likely continue to be popular in the year ahead. Expect more separation between common spaces like the kitchen, home office, dining area, and living room.

Dining room to living room contemporary-dining-room

How it applies to home staging: If you’re preparing your home for a sale this year, make sure each room in your house has a clear purpose. For example, stage a primary bedroom as an adult space for sleep and relaxation. Remove items that work against that narrative (e.g., exercise equipment, kids’ toys, a cluttered desk, etc.). Are you using your formal dining area as a home office? Turn it back into a space for dining and entertaining before you put it on the market. Cramming too many multi-purpose functions into one room tells potential buyers that your house doesn’t have enough space.

Curves and Waves

Curves and waves are soft on the eyes and hands and create a more comfortable, relaxed vibe within a room. Curvilinear forms are especially popular in furniture right now, but they also work well in backsplashes and other settings. You’ll likely see soft, rounded edges popping up more in bars, mirrors, kitchen islands, drum tables, or barrel back chairs.

University Park contemporary-living-room

How it applies to home staging: Use waves or curvy pieces to add a touch of modern softness to a room full of harsh edges. A pretty round lamp or a curvy chair can make a space feel more gentle and inviting.

Beach House, Santa Cruz, CA beach-style-kitchen

Sustainability and Conscious Design Choices

Sustainability has become more important to homebuyers in recent years, and 2022 will likely see a continuation of that. The use of organic materials, along with responsible manufacturing and re-purposing has shaped interior design trends. From a design perspective, this translates to a shift toward accessories made from recycled metal or glass and furniture created from reclaimed woods.

White Birch GEOS Recycled Glass Surface Kitchen contemporary-kitchen

How it applies to home staging: Be aware that today’s homebuyers are making a clear shift toward more conscious design choices. Your furniture will definitely impact a buyer’s perception. Keep this in mind as you begin to pack and prep your home for sale. Remove furniture that may appear inexpensive or “disposable,” like plastics, particleboard, or aluminum. Does your home feature sustainable elements (e.g. a mantel or ceiling beams made of reclaimed wood, recycled glass countertops)? Consider mentioning that in your listing description.

Shelter Island Beach House beach-style-living-room

Preparing for a 2022 Home Sale? We Can Help!

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About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!

5 Timeless Paint Colors for Your Home

Choosing truly timeless paint colors can feel a bit overwhelming. Planning to sell your home within the next five years? You have even more at stake when it comes to choosing the right paint color! And if you’ve spent a hot minute on Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram, or HGTV trying to figure out what’s “hot and what’s not,” you know that color trends come and go faster than it takes a wet paintbrush to dry out on a hot Texas day.

So how do you choose a color that feels fresh and modern, but can still withstand the test of time?

What makes a color “trendy?”

“Trendy” describes anything that’s currently popular with the masses. In terms of paint, it generally refers to a particular color group (like gray walls or blue cabinets). Trendy paint colors are beautiful and fun! The trouble is that they aren’t very flexible. That means when the trend shifts (as it oh-so likely will), you may be limiting your home’s decorative flexibility.

Now, if we’re talking about using trendy colors in your throw pillows or artwork, or even an accent wall, it’s not really an issue. That small-scale stuff is easy to adjust (and really the best place to invest in color trends)! But when it comes to large-scale color choices that are more expensive to update, like the wall colors for your whole house or the color of your cabinets…you really can paint yourself into a corner.

Planning to sell your home in the next five years? Choosing a timeless color is even more important! Because what’s trendy today may not be popular in a few years, and that means you will be putting a gigantic timestamp on your home. That definitely should not be your goal if you’re planning to sell in the near future.

For example, take a wild guess at when this super trendy harvest gold and avocado green colored kitchen was popular:

Image via GoRetro.com

What makes a color “timeless?”

Timeless colors are more versatile. They’re lower chroma (less colorful, less saturated) and have the flexibility to lean into many colors without being tied down to a single hue. Timeless colors are blended neutrals that have a good balance of both warmth and coolness that makes them the perfect backdrop to many, many styles and trends.

Our Favorite Timeless Paint Colors

Now that you know how to spot the difference between trendy and timeless, let’s take a look at some of our favorite timeless neutral paint colors. Of course, nothing is absolutely trend-proof (sorry, my psychic abilities don’t extend quite that far). And there’s no such thing as a “no-fail” paint color that works in every home (that’s why you should always, always compare test swatches). But these five colors have a really good chance at coming out on top!

  • Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige 7036 is one of my personal favorites. I always describe this paint color as being able to lean into whatever surrounds it. In a room with brown wood and beige tile, it goes beige. In a space with grayer fixtures, it tends to reflect more coolness. Its slightly lighter version, Aesthetic White, is also incredibly flexible.

Kitchens transitional-kitchen

  • Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 is a gorgeous middle ground between gray and beige. Not too cool, not too warm. Don’t want to date your house and not ready to commit to a new trend? This may be your color!

Nantucket, Ma. traditional-bathroom

  • Sherwin-Williams City Loft 7631 is soft, light, and warm. It’s leans a bit creamier and acts as a great go-between for gray/greiges and warmer brown finishes.

Bonus Rec. Room - The Overbrook - Cascade Craftsman Family Home craftsman-kids

  • Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray 7029 is a beautiful warm, mid-tone gray that’s really more of a “greige” at heart. This gorgeous color is fully adaptable to a variety of styles, decorating trends, and interior finishes.

Hallsley Model, 2014 traditional-bedroom

  • Benjamin Moore Collingwood OC-28 is soft and classic. It has an LRV of 62, which means it’s not too heavy for darker rooms and still holds it’s own in a room with natural light (it might wash out just a bit in a room that gets a heavy dose of direct sunlight). Collingwood adds a refreshing touch of calm, cool, and collected…no matter what other decor trends you happen to be embracing.

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Wait, does this paint look… purple?!

It’s possible. The quality of light (both interior and exterior) affects everything when it comes to evaluating paint color!

With a balanced quality of light, these five paint colors are beautiful mid-tone neutrals, which makes them extremely versatile and adaptable to any on-trend complements. Based on their spectral data, all five of these paint colors are low chroma (I.e., not very colorful, near-neutral) hues from the Yellow-Red (Orange) to Yellow color family. Near-neutrals from this color family are infamous for flashing hints of purple under certain lighting conditions.

If these colors appear purple in your space (and if you have average quality vision), it most likely means you are working with an unbalanced quality of light. To find a “timeless” color that works better for your space, you’ll need to either adjust your lighting or sample near neutrals from a different color family. (This is actually a pretty simple, straightforward process! I teach you exactly how to evaluate spectral data and adjust for lighting in my online course, Color By The Numbers™.)


Want a handy tool for keeping track of the paint colors you’re sampling in each room of your home? Get our free Home Paint Color Organization Chart, available for instant download in our Library of Freebies!

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By reviewing your completed Online Questionnaire responses and your uploaded photos, we’ll use our extensive expertise and our professional color tools to help you bring your vision for your home to life. Whether you’re looking for a complete refresh of your space, experimenting with a new style, or just need a little professional guidance to help narrow down your paint color choices, we are here to help!


The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


Our Favorite Things: 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of year: gift guide time! Let’s make the holidays beautiful and bright with the second edition of Our Favorite Things! We’re focusing our spotlight on creative artisans and products that also give back (so that we can all do the most good with the dollars we’re already planning to spend). Snuggle up with a big mug of hot chocolate, and shop the gorgeous products below.


French Bread Board

Oui love this French Bread Board! The simple pleasure of sharing fresh bread carries a greater purpose when served on this bread tray, handcrafted by Haitian artisans earning a sustainable income. Fast-growing obeechi wood is cultivated sustainably to ensure that while artisans make a fair living from their native land, they also protect the landscape for future generations. Get it now from Ten Thousand Villages.


Chili Hot Sauce Flight

Choose from all four delicious chili hot sauces. Add a kick of flavor to every meal with gluten-free hot sauces made using organic chilis. Perfect for spice lovers and for adding flavor to any pizza, eggs, stir-frys, and cheeses. Every purchase empowers small-scale sustainable farmers and producers in rural communities of Eswatini.


Personalized Cutting Board

Use this keepsake for years to come! It’s made with walnut or maple wood and oiled with a food-safe oil that preserves and toughens the board. Use one side of the board to slice and dice your specialties in the kitchen, and the other side of the board as a reminder of the important things in life – your family! Made in Oklahoma by NakedWoodWorks and now available on Amazon.


Bicycle Pizza Cutter

Grab a bike to eat… your pizza! Created by metalworkers in Moradabad, India, this stainless steel pizza cutter is a fun gift for a cyclist or for anyone who never tires of a good pie! Get it today at Ten Thousand Villages!


Costa Farms Live Aloe Vera

I absolutely love aloe vera plants — mostly because they’re so easy to grow. I mean, they require almost no maintenance! Just put them in a sunny spot and give them a little drink once every couple of weeks. I keep 2 giant aloes right outside my kitchen since they’re since they’re such a good salve for burns. These pretty aloes from Costa Farms are hand picked and carefully packed to ship right to your door. Available on Amazon.


Lagunamoon Essential Oils, Top 6 Gift Set

Diffusing essential oils is an ideal way to add safe, subtle fragrance to your home! This gift set includes six 10mL bottles of aromatherapy essential oils: lemongrass, peppermint, orange, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree.


Lightweight Fringe Throw – Natural

Elevate any room with a modern and minimalist throw blanket that’s both lightweight and cozy! This handwoven beauty features an intricate fringe detail on the top and bottom for an added touch of texture. this cotton blanket is perfect to cozy up with or draped over any sofa back, armchair, or foot of the bed all year long. As huge added bonus, the purchase of this blanket empowers artisans in underserved communities in El Salvador. They prioritize sustainability, fair trade practices, and innovation and preserve traditional techniques that have been passed down across generations and have been at risk of disappearing. Available now at The Little Market.


Sweet Water Decor Sweater Weather Candle

These soy candles smell AH-mazing! I like “Sweater Weather” because it’s warm and woodsy with just a touch of citrus. And their super cute design blends in with any home decor style from rustic to modern to farmhouse. These candles are an American grown soy wax blend and poured in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Available on Amazon.


Henro Company Match Striker

This adorable match striker is the perfect piece of functional decor for a small bathroom or watercloset. Store matches inside and use the exposed surface to light them. Handcrafted by an Henro, an American family-owned small business and now available on Amazon.


Shesham Travel Chess Set

Handcrafted from shesham wood, this unique, high-quality chess set is ideal for the jet-setting chess-player. Specifically designed for games on the go, pegged pieces stay in place on the board with holes in each square. From king to pawn, easily store each piece inside the game board, which folds on hinges to create a portable box. Handcrafted in India and available now on Ten Thousand Villages.


Spa Gift Basket

…And possibly the greatest of all gifts: the gift of relaxation. Send a meaningful gift set featuring pieces from the United States and Ghana. This spa set has everything they’ll need to unwind. With every gift you give at The Little Market, you are not only treating your loved ones, but also supporting artisans and producers in underserved communities globally.


Our book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, is the perfect gift for real estate professionals and homeowners who may be preparing to sell their home! Available on Amazon in paperback and free for Kindle Unlimited!


The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


Kitchen Inspiration for Home Staging and Redesign

Looking for kitchen inspiration? Whether your staging your home for sale or redesigning an existing space for your own personal pleasure, you can use decor inspiration from photos you love to guide your choices. For example, take a look at this amazing, gorgeous kitchen designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors.

Kitchen contemporary-kitchen

What inspires me about this beautiful design is that it’s stylish and modern. The decor in this kitchen can complement a variety of design styles. It’s also simple and neutral enough to appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers (making it a perfect choice for home staging inspiration).

I used this kitchen as an inspirational starting point to find great kitchen decor that works well for home staging or redesign. Take a look at some of these great decor finds that can help you pull together a similar look.

Decor Inspiration for Your Kitchen

Juelz Counter & Bar Stool

Invite family members (or potential buyers) to have a seat with these stylish barstools.


Porcelain Utensil Holder

Functional and stylish — my favorite combination!


Kurrajong Farmhouse Round Wooden Serving Tray 15.7″

Lean this pretty tray against your kitchen backsplash to add a little warmth and texture to your decor.


Lattice Trellis Collection Rug – 6 Ft Runner

This runner brightens any space and create a sense of clean modernity. The low-pile is also easy to clean, making it a great choice for kitchen spaces.


Tom-shine Pendant Light Fixture (2 Pack)

These simple, stylish black pendant lights have an elegant and industrial vintage design that add warmth to your kitchen.


Red Co. Decorative Centerpiece Bowl in Black

Fill this pretty bowl with green apples or pears for an eye-catching centerpiece for your countertops.


Anchor Hocking 2-Gallon Heritage Hill Jar

You just can’t go wrong with Anchor Hocking. They make a great, heavy duty glass canister that can hold a 5-lb bag of flour (I have a set of these sitting on my own kitchen counters). Beautiful and functional!


Beautiful kitchen decor doesn’t have to be expensive and over-the-top to be inspiring. If you’re having trouble figuring out where to start, we can help!

Need a Little Help?

Are you looking for a little kitchen inspiration to get your home ready to sell? Take a look below at how we help home sellers all over the country!

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!


The products on this blog have been independently selected because I like them. Some of the links on this blog are affiliate links, meaning, if you choose to click on a link and make a purchase, I earn a small commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you and is paid 100% by the merchant, which helps me continue to create free content for my readers — so it’s a win-win! Thank you for supporting my blog and my business!


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


Balancing Familiar and Fantastical with Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year: Evergreen Fog

Sherwin-Williams announced Evergreen Fog SW 9130 , a color rooted in nature, as its 2022 Color of the Year. In this soft, organic shade, we find meaning, a place to heal and a lasting peace.

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Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year

Evergreen Fog SW 9130

Evergreen Fog SW 9130 is a versatile and calming hue, a chameleon color of gorgeous green-meets-gray, with just a bit of blue. It’s a simple but sophisticated wash of beautiful, organic color for spaces that crave a subtle yet stunning statement shade.

Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, says she knew green was going to be an important color for 2022. But she and her team wanted to pick the perfect green for the Sherwin-Williams Color of the Year. “We didn’t want it to be too dark or something you’d necessarily relegate to a cabinet or a piece of furniture or an accent wall,” she says. “We wanted it to be a color you could put on all four walls — and have it look really beautiful.” Evergreen Fog SW 9130 (215-C4) stood out as the winning hue. “It’s not in your face,” Wadden says. “It’s a little more subtle, a little more recessive and a little more relatable.”



How to Use 2022 Color of the Year: Evergreen Fog

Evergreen Fog is a fairly flexible color but looks best when partnered with the right finishes, textures, and colors.

Coordinating Colors

Evergreen Fog looks amazing with Shoji White SW 7042 (245-C4), Urbane Bronze SW 7048 (245-C7), Accessible Beige SW 7036 (249-C1), Über Umber SW 9107 (203-C7), Woven Wicker SW 9104 (203-C4), and Bakelite Gold SW 6368 (128-C4). All colors are from the Method palette of the Sherwin-Williams Colormix® Forecast 2022.

Stone and Tile

Organic, natural stone and unfinished, raw surfaces have a more artisanal look that blends especially well with Evergreen Fog.

Wood

When it comes to wood finishes, Evergreen Fog is a natural match. Rough textured cuts and wood grains have a warm, effortlessly natural feel that blends beautifully with the 2022 Color of the Year.

Metals

A balanced mix of warmer metallics pair beautifully with Evergreen Fog. Brushed gold, tarnished silver, and matte black finishes are standouts.

Textiles

Course, natural fabrics with rough surfaces add a tactile, yet somehow soft look — think tweeds and untreated yarns. These fabrics, along with organic materials and natural shapes, provide a beautiful complement.

What do you think of Sherwin-Williams 2022 Color of the Year? Let me know in the comments below!


Need a Little Help?

Need help finding the right paint color? Order a Virtual Color Consultation Report from the color professionals at Three Bears Home Staging to get a custom, curated palette and guidance for your next painting project. Take a look at our packages below:


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One Room Paint Color Report | Virtual

Need help choosing the best paint colors for your room? Then this is the (virtual) service for you! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for you. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Click below to learn how it works or to get started!


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Exterior Paint Color Report | Virtual

Ready to give your home exterior a fresh new look, but feeling overwhelmed with the decision? Get a little virtual help from the color experts at Three Bears Home Staging! Based on your questionnaire responses and uploaded photos, we’ll create a personalized digital Paint Color Report just for your home’s exterior. We’ll also send you paint swatches! Read below to learn how it works…


About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


Fall Home Decor Trends We Love

Fall home decor trends are about coziness. They’re about warmth, slowing down, and reconnecting with loved ones. And after the last couple of years, we could all use a little comfort and festiveness. What better way to do that than by refreshing your home decor?

You don’t have to throw a bunch of pumpkins and buffalo plaid around your house to be prepared for fall. (Ok, those are cute. But you can still nod to autumn coziness without being quite so “on the nose.”) And if you’re staging your home to sell soon, it’s especially important to bypass any super obvious fall decor. That’s because your listing photos will be more timeless without holiday or season-specific decor. Otherwise, you risk putting a giant time stamp on your photos that lets buyers know exactly how long your house has been sitting on the market.

Autumn Decor & New England Road Trip exterior

See what I mean? This house has absolutely gorgeous fall curb appeal. But if this were a listing photo and I saw it in January…I’d instantly be wondering why it’s been sitting on the market so long and whether there was anything wrong with it.

That said, we can still embrace the change in season without going full-throttle on pumpkin decor. From warmer colors to natural fabrics and textures to all things cozy and comfortable, let’s take a look at some of the home decor trends we are loving for fall! (Of course, if you’re not planning on taking real estate listing photos, then by ALL means, get your pumpkin on, too!)

Warmer Neutral Colors

A calming neutral palette can help your space feel more grounded and comforting for the coming cold season (bonus: neutral colors are perfect for home staging if you’re planning to sell soon!). Beige, gold, brown, and cream are warm neutral colors that makes us feel like we’re snuggling up to a cozy fire.

My Houzz: Chic Boho Style for a Hawaii Apartment beach-style-living-room

We Recommend…

HOMFINER Decorative Throw Pillow Covers



Brushed Brass and Gold

Not a lot — just a touch adds a rich glow that will warm up your space. You can easily add a little here and there with lamps, picture frames, lighting, cabinet hardware, or small accessories.

Harding Family Home eclectic-family-room

We Recommend


Christopher Knight Home Modern Round Accent Table with Hammered Gold


Rustic Pottery

We love the vibe of distressed earthenware. Mix-and-match a variety of pieces throughout your home to add a bit of old-world, artisanal style and texture.

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We Recommend

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Sullivans Ceramic Vases, Set of 3


Bloomingville Ceramic Vase


Leather and Suede

Beautiful and soft, the textures of leather and suede invite family and friends to sit down and get comfortable. Consider adding a touch of leather or suede in your throw pillows or an ottoman.

Classic Eclectic Summit Residence transitional-family-room

We Recommend

30″-Distressed Vegan Leather Tufted Coffee Table Ottoman


HOMFINER Cognac Brown Faux Leather Throw Pillow Covers, Set of 2

Cane and Rattan

These natural woven textures have been in the spotlight for a few years now and for good reason. They’re classic and incredibly versatile: they work well with traditional, coastal, bohemian, or modern decor. Whether chairs, beds, stools, benches, or wall decor, cane and rattan add an earthy, yet upscale vibe.

Falmouth Residence transitional-bedroom

We Recommend

SEI Furniture Bench, Black, Natural


Handmade Hanging Wall Basket Decor, Set of 3

Need a Little Help?

Need a hand staging your home this fall? We can help clients anywhere!

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We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!


Buyers: Don’t Get Distracted By Great Home Staging

“Do the research. Ask questions.”

— Katherine Johnson

Buyer beware! As a home stager, it may seem counterintuitive for me to offer this advice, but if you’re currently a home seller, logic dictates that at some point you may be on the other side of the transaction as a buyer yourself. And you need to be cautious of potential home buyer distractions when you finally find a space you love.

Great home staging should enhance all the positive attributes of a home and should never, ever be intentionally deceptive or hide serious problems. But sometimes the presentation is just so darn good that you lose yourself a little and forget to critically examine aspects of the house that may be important to you as a buyer.

So how do you do your “due diligence” when you finally find a house you love?

How to Avoid Home Buyer Distractions

  • Distinguish between issues you can and cannot control. Does the home fits your needs? For example, does it have plenty of bedrooms? Is it in the right school district? Do you need a big backyard? Don’t focus too much on furniture, paint, and other variables that can be easily changed or removed once you move in.
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Is the neighborhood safe? Do your research!
  • Do your neighborhood research. I don’t care how friendly the neighbors are or how well-maintained the surrounding lawns appear to be, check with local and state authorities to find out what type of crimes and activities occur in the neighborhood. Please don’t wait until moving day to discover that a convicted sex offender lives next door.
  • Bring a tape measure. And while you’re at it, keep a list handy of your major furniture pieces (or the ones trickiest to place) along with their corresponding dimensions. Not sure if your piano will fit in that space? Is Suzie’s bed too big for that bedroom? Don’t try to eyeball it — use your tape measure to be sure of it.
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Measure your important furniture and write down the numbers! Make sure anything you’re unwilling to part with will fit before you commit to the house.
  • Order your own inspection report. Most buyers’ agents will recommend this anyway. It’s important for you to learn from a more objective, qualified source than the home seller what issues may be going on with the house you fallen in love with. There will likely be many items on the report of little consequence — building codes change often and many issues are simple, DIY repair jobs — but larger structural and mechanical problems need to be identified and possibly negotiated so that you can make a fully informed decision about what you’re jumping into.

Staging appeals to buyers’ emotions, not their logic. And as in any case where emotion overrides logic, it might cause you to miss a few things. Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by a pretty house — (well, ok, you can be seduced by one…but do your homework, too).

How We Can Help

Need a recommendation on a fabulous buyer’s agent who can help you navigate the buying process? Get in touch with us! And if you need to sell your own home first, we can definitely help with that! Take a look below at how we’re helping home sellers all over the country!

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!



About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


Types of Flooring for Staging or Selling a Home

“What types of flooring materials should I put in my home if I’m planning to sell?”

Oh, boy…that is a loaded question. There’s usually not one right answer. And there are most definitely some wrong answers.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to types of flooring materials. Wood, vinyl, laminate, tile, carpet (just to name a few) — it’s overwhelming!

Every option has its own set of pros and cons. Whether you’re staging your home to sell or planning to stay put for a while, choosing the right types of flooring for the space is an investment that requires careful consideration.

The first step in choosing the best types of flooring is determining the specific needs of your space. Do you get a lot of foot-traffic? Is it a high moisture area? (e.g., don’t install carpet in the kitchen or bathroom — that’s just mold and stains waiting to happen). After that, you’ll want to balance what works best with your style and budget.

To get you started, we’re going to walk you through the benefits and drawbacks of some of the most popular types of flooring for each room of your home.

Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood flooring

Hardwoods are classic, durable, and ageless. Available in a variety of colors and types of wood, it can be refinished (in some cases multiple times) and re-stained as needed. Typically, hardwoods are not recommended for areas prone to moisture, but many brands now claim to have scratch and water-resistant options. Though expensive, hardwoods are popular for their timeless elegance, durability, and high return on investment. They also look great when paired with one of these gorgeous rugs! There are generally two types of hardwood flooring:

  • Solid hardwood flooring is constructed from one solid piece of 100% hardwood. Because of this, it can be sanded and re-finished many times over its lifespan. It is milled with interlocking tongues and grooves on opposite edges and is always nailed down to a sub-floor. This means that if your room has a concrete slab, you probably won’t be able to use solid hardwood as an option. Solid hardwood is generally considered the “gold standard” in flooring.
  • Engineered hardwood flooring is comprised of a top layer of hardwood veneer over a plywood, hardwood, or HDF (high density fiber) core. It’s quite durable and can even be re-finished once or twice before the top veneer layer is exhausted. Engineered hardwood is usually less costly than solid hardwood. It’s also easier and less expensive for DIYers to install.

Laminate Flooring

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Laminate flooring

If you want a flooring product that looks like real tile, wood, or stone but has a more affordable price point, take a look at laminate. Laminate flooring mimics the look of other flooring materials, but its interlocking tongue-and-groove assembly makes the installation process far simpler. Laminate can’t be refinished like hardwood flooring; however, the higher quality stuff is durable enough to hold up to wet areas and wear and tear and typically requires less maintenance than other types of flooring. This makes it a popular choice with homeowners. Pro tip: if you’re planning to sell your home soon and want to use laminate, invest in high-quality boards. Low-quality laminate tends to look more artificial and can be a turn-off to potential buyers.

Vinyl Flooring

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Vinyl flooring

Good old vinyl has come a looooong way, baby! Made out of synthetic materials, such as fiberglass​, PVC, and plasticizers, vinyl flooring is stain and scratch-resistant, waterproof, and highly durable.

Vinyl is available in tiles, sheets, or planks in a variety of styles and colors. It’s also easy in to install directly over most existing floors, making it a beautiful and economical choice for many homeowners. A popular option, luxury vinyl plank or LVP, imitates the look of hardwood floors. Vinyl tile, another homeowner favorite, mimics the look of more costly stone, like travertine.

When comparing vinyl flooring, take note of the top surface, or wear layer, of the flooring, typically a clear coat of polyurethane. This layer generally has a thickness ranging between 4 and 40 millimeters. It’s what makes the flooring scratch-resistant or waterproof. A thicker wear layer is generally more sensible for high traffic or high moisture areas.

Tile Flooring

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Tile flooring

When it comes to a room that gets wet often, like a kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, or basement, tile may be the winner. A durable, low-maintenance option, tile is available in an endless variety of colors and textures.    

  • Porcelain tile is the most durable and longest lasting. It’s higher density makes it more water-resistant than ceramic tile, but it also tends to be more expensive.
  • Ceramic tile is a mixture of water, sand, and clay, and is tough enough for most interior spaces. Compared to porcelain, ceramic tile is more porous and has a higher absorption rate. This means that it may chip or damage more easily than porcelain tile.
  • Natural stone tile is beautiful, elegant, and expensive. It’s a bit less slippery than other types of tile and offers a reasonable amount of insulation, helping your home stay warmer in winter and cooler in summer. While durable, some types of natural stone are quite brittle and scratch or chip easily. Other types of natural stone are porous and require regular maintenance to prevent water damage or staining.

Other Types of Flooring

There are a few other popular types of flooring you may want to consider when updating your home to sell or stay:

  • Carpet is popular with many homeowners in spaces where they want to add a bit of coziness or comfort. It’s available in a wide variety of colors, textures, and piles. Consider the amount of foot traffic a room has and the durability needed when making your selection.
  • Cork is a renewable material that offers a comfortable, resilient surface. It’s great for high traffic areas, water-resistant, reduces noise, and absorbs shock, making it a great choice for home gyms.
  • Bamboo flooring is technically a grass but often categorized with the hardwoods. Bamboo is renewable, extremely durable, and exceptionally scratch resistant.

Selecting the best flooring type for your home should be based on a combination of your goals (are you selling soon or staying long-term?), the way you live in and use the space, and your budget.

How We Can Help

Are you considering a updating your home for sale and need help evaluating your options? Take a look at how a Three Bears Home Staging online consultation can help!

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!



About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


7 Products to Buy at Grove Collaborative for Home Staging and Selling

Making sure your home looks and smells clean is a top priority when staging your home for sale. And this is where a company like Grove Collaborative can save you time and money. If you love…

  • the convenience of online shopping,
  • getting better deals than supermarket prices,
  • being able to control your budget,
  • never running out of products you need, and
  • getting lots of free stuff (with the VIP membership)

…then Grove Collaborative may just be your new best friend.

Grove Collaborative is sort of like the Amazon of natural home products. They’re an online subscription service whose mission is to make sure that getting top-quality, non-toxic, all-natural cleaning, household, and personal care products is easy and affordable.

They deliver everything from sponges to carpet cleaner right to your front door and keep track of your favorite products and add them to your cart for you (on your personalized schedule) so that you never run out. They even price match individual items for customers so you know you’re getting the best deal!

Grove is a monthly service, but your orders are 100% customizable. Remove items, add what you need, or change your order date, all from your cart. You can even just entirely skip the next shipment if you don’t need anything that month. VIP members get unlimited free shipping, full-size gifts, early access to new products, and exclusive sales. You’ll get a free 60-day VIP trial with your first Grove order, and if you love it, you can join. It’s incredibly flexible and completely customizable, and you only ever pay for the products you actually purchase.

Home Staging Must-Haves from Grove Collaborative

Take a look at some of some of our favorite must-have home staging products from the Grove Collaborative. These items are especially handy for keeping your home sparkling clean and smelling great while it’s on the market!

Garbage Disposal Freshener & Cleaner Pods

Garbage Disposal Freshener & Cleaner Pods

This non-toxic, naturally derived formula removes grime buildup before major issues begin, and freshens your sink’s smell while it’s at it.


Heavy Duty Degreaser

Heavy Duty Degreaser

Method heavy duty degreaser knocks out hard-to-remove grease, oil, and other nasty food splatter in the kitchen. Perfect for taking on burner grates, range hoods, and even microwaves, this degreaser banishes grease with ease, and it doesn’t leave a pungent smell in the air.


Carpet Refresher

Carpet Refresher

You don’t have to compromise health when it comes to clean carpets. This Aunt Fannie’s Carpet Refresher is non-toxic, sulfate-free, triclosan-free, and doesn’t use dyes, artificial fragrances, allergens, or disruptors.


Multi-Surface Cleaner

Multi-Surface Cleaner

This Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner is kitchen-counter worthy, but can also be used in bathrooms and other rooms with often-touched surfaces waiting to be cleaned. Animal lovers will be happy to know it’s also vegan, 100-percent cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny–certified. It’s made with essential oils and plant-based ingredients in the USA and is paraben-free and biodegradable.


Daily Shower Spray

Daily Shower Spray

Method’s daily shower cleaner takes the labor out of bathroom upkeep, helping you achieve sparkling tile and grout in just a few minutes a day. Simply spritz the spray liberally over your shower surfaces (doors, shower curtain, floor—you name it) and walk away, and method’s naturally derived powergreen technology and plant-based cleaners will attack soap scum, mildew, and stains without chemical residue or unwanted toxins.


Room Freshener

Room Freshener

From cat litter to an old, forgotten gym bag, sometimes we need a little help freshening up our home and bringing back the balance. This Mrs. Meyer’s Room Freshener helps mask unwanted odors, so your home can have an air makeover with just a few spritzes. This air freshener is paraben-free, Leaping Bunny–certified, and made with essential oils and plant-derived ingredients in the USA.


Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes

Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes

This one-step disinfecting formula is designed for the hard, non-porous surfaces in every room in the house and does not require a rinse, even on food contact surfaces. The convenient wipes can be used for daily touch-ups or tough cleaning jobs.

Ready to Try It?

With your first order, you can choose between a free Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Set and several other Grove gift sets. When you’re a customer, you’ll have the chance to earn a free gift with every order, and VIPs get additional full-size gifts every season. Those guys love giving gifts.

You can start your Grove Collaborative experience today by clicking the button below.

Need Help Prepping Your Home for a Faster, More Profitable Sale?

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!


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About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.


What Your Realtor Won’t Tell You (But Your Home Stager Will)

Ever wondered what your realtor won’t tell you? How they really feel about your home?

Advising clients how to prepare their home for sale can be a very sensitive conversation. Most homeowners tend to be (understandably) emotionally attached to their homes and furnishings. Telling a homeowner that something in the house is a distraction and could negatively impact the perceived value can be a very hard conversation to have.

That’s where it’s handy to seek the advice of a professional home stager. Our job is to understand the homebuyer market and (kindly) give you honest, objective feedback on your home’s “buyer appeal.” We help homeowners highlight the positive features and find solutions for the negatives.

Luckily for you, dear reader, I come from a family of real estate agents (and have many, many realtors as friends and clients). As such, I am privy to all their grumblings about difficult homeowners, as well the praise for clients who actually listen to feedback and make the job easy.

Want to hear a few of the top things your realtor won’t tell you because they’re either too nice or too nervous? Read on…

“Your house is too cluttered.”

OMG, what a mean thing to say! How dare I??? I dare because I want you to sell your home. It can be really hard for potential buyers to appreciate how great your house is when you have too much stuff. Even beautiful, decorative stuff can just be “too much.” How we live in our houses on a day to day basis (surrounded by the things we use and love) is typically very different that the way a home should be presented for sale. You’re moving anyway, so start packing. Read our 3-step process for how to simplify and reduce the “stuff” in your home when preparing for a sale.

This home features an amazing, high-end gourmet stove…that is darn near impossible to see or fully appreciate because there is too much day-to-day clutter and “decor” around it.

“A furnished house will show better…but maybe not furnished with your stuff.”

Fact 1: A room staged with furniture looks larger and more appealing than an empty room. It helps buyers identify the room’s purpose and proportions.

Before: What is this space? After: Ah, it’s a spacious bedroom and sitting area!


Fact 2: The wrong furnishings can have a more detrimental effect than leaving it empty. Ideally, your home shouldn’t be empty when potential buyers visit, but that doesn’t mean it should be full of your stuff, either. Nor should it contain weird groupings of badly staged leftover pieces. (That big empty room with a couple of random dining chairs and a sad plant in it — I’m lookin’ at you.) If your realtor has told you to empty out your house, it’s possibly (likely?) because your existing furnishings are not doing the place justice.

Before: Nice furniture, but the placement is off and the dark colors make it feel small. After: Updated, lighter furnishings open the space and make it feel bigger, increasing perceived value for the buyer.

Good staging is essential for a quick, profitable sale. A professional stager can help find solutions to issues that might otherwise kill your sale, like bad lighting or a terrible view. They can help you find the most effective ways to use the furnishings you already have, or they may suggest bringing in rental items to replace them.

“It smells funny in here.”

This is one of the hardest subjects for many real estate agents to bring up because they feel like they’re accusing the homeowner of being dirty. But the truth is that are a whole host of issues that can contribute to a home’s unique odor. Some families cook with especially fragrant spices. Perhaps an elderly pet is having accidents in the home. Maybe a particular air freshener is the culprit. And very likely you’ve gone “noseblind” to it. My point is that even though your realtor may feel awkward pointing it out, potential buyers will still notice and you need to address it. Have a trusted friend do a smell test for you and read our tips to keep your house smelling fresh.

“Fix it now, then list it.”

“Move-in ready” condition is extremely important, especially among Millennials, one of the largest demographics of homebuyers. Many have saved for years to buy a home and do not wish to invest in thousands of dollars worth of renovations. Your realtor probably won’t tell you to delay listing. But if your home has issues and you can afford to make the repairs, do it! Doing so can decrease your home’s time on the market and increase your final sales price. Sure, there are buyers willing to take on a home that’s not up-to-par. But those are also the buyers who tend to make low-ball offers.

Remember, your real estate professional won’t judge your home based on how friendly you are or your taste in decor. Their job is to determine the marketability of what you’ve got. By offering constructive criticism about your home, they risk offending you and damaging that relationship. They may even lose you as client. Find a good real estate agent you trust and listen to their advice (and don’t shoot the messenger). After all, you both want the same thing — a faster, more profitable sale! And if you’re still worried about what your realtor won’t tell you…get in touch with us.

How We Can Help

Three Bears Home Staging is here to help sellers make their homes “just right!” Take a look at how we’re helping homeowners all across the country. How can we help you?

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Book an Online Consultation

We specialize in positive and empowering virtual consultations with practical advice to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money.


Enroll in Our Online Courses

Our online courses are designed with you, the DIY homeowner, in mind. From home staging to paint color selection, we break down the process for you from start to finish!


Read Our Book

In this second edition of her popular book, Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition, HSR certified professional home stager Vannessa Rhoades walks you through the step-by-step process of staging your home for a faster, more profitable sale. Available on Amazon in paperback and FREE for Kindle Unlimited customers!



About Vannessa Rhoades
About Vannessa Rhoades

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging: Second Edition and founder of Three Bears Home Staging. She is an HSR Certified Professional Home Stager and Certified Expert E-Designer and has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties in Houston’s western suburbs and across the country.