Home Staging Tips

I enjoy staging my listings. It helps sell the home quicker and for more money. I enjoy creating an attractive space for prospective buyers to view and potentially see themselves living in. It is a win-win for everyone. But successful staging takes, time, thought and effort. I do have a few go-to tips and tricks that I employ and adapt to many of my listings.

Home Staging by Jackie Gibbins


I like to pull colors and themes from nature when I stage. I use color to set the mood of the home, targeting the type of buyer who will most likely purchase the property. The home above was occupied, but mostly furnished with neutral and wood furniture. It was easy to go with natural materials. I put down a large rug with great colors to set the mood.


I installed neutral drapery panels to the floor to frame the windows. I used new throw pillows in colors matching the rug. You could also purchase pillow covers to cover old pillows to save money. Pottery Barn has these on sale often throughout the year.

Focal Point

The fireplace was the natural focal point to enhance in this small living room. I started with a simple framed botanical print and then grouped some beautiful colored glass along side it. the homes owner had colored glass, so I added to and enhanced her collection. In a small space, don’t be afraid to use big pieces to expand the space. MUCH better than using a lot of small pieces.

Adding Life

I believe live plants add so much to the home, and I include them in all my listings. In this instance, the baskets went well with the organic feel of this home.

Adding Light

This home was already pretty light, but I did have to remove some darker items of decor and replaced with fewer, lighter pieces throughout.

Mini Updates

Not shown here, but sometimes just replacing an old lampshade with one more currently in style can update a whole room. Replacing old drawer pulls with new ones, installing a new faucet and painting an important room a trendy color can make it seem like you just spent thousands on recent updates.

The Details

Think of traffic flow when staging. Bring the outdoors in when you can (note the garden views in pic above). Incorporate your style and collections when you can in a way that makes sense and is interesting. Note the homeowner’s antiques placed here and there. Tie things together with either color, theme, details etc. throughout the home for a cohesive and pleasing feel.

Below is the kitchen of the same home with my Home Staging. This charming home sold in one week with multiple offers for thousands over asking price.

Mission Viejo Home Staging Jackie Gibbins Real Estate Agent