What’s Your Favorite Staging Accessory?

Do you have a favorite accessory that you use when staging a property for resale? REALTOR® Magazine wants to hear from you!

Send in your favorite staging accessory, and your idea may be included in an upcoming article for REALTOR® Magazine’s annual List issue. Send your ideas to writer Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org. Please include your name, company, and city/state with your submission.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. My favorite staging accessory is fabric. I buy fabric to coordinate with the style of the home I am staging. I cover large framed canvas with fabric for art and headboards, I also use fabric as a colorful throw at the end of a bed or to recover a chair seat. It can be used as napkins, placemats, and a tablecloth. A little blanket edging and sewing glue finishes the edges. I can make everything look coordinated with a custom appearance.
    Kristin Bramer
    Lafayette, CO

  2. For me it rugs. Rugs can really help you define a large space. We also use them to stage bedrooms. Plop a few pillows and a breakfast serving tray on top of a rug instead of racking up the cost of a full sized bed and accessories. I learned this neat little trick from another local agent a few years back and have been using it ever since!

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  4. For me, it is a tie between throws and pillows. This movable color can be used anywhere to draw attention to a particular feature or to add a pop of color.

  5. I have many favorite accessories when I Stage a home – Fabric for one – I purchase large yardages of fabrics in coordinating colors, patterns and textures in order to accessorize an entire home with one main color scheme. Sometimes I even bring my sewing machines onto the job site to create slip covers, window treatments, pillow covers, bedding pieces, etc. on the spot. When I’m finished, the entire home has a pleasing and updated freshness and continuity that you would expect from an interior designer!

    Another favorite is more of a “tool” – Tie Wraps (the kind that you see electricians use). Tie wraps – commonly called “zip ties” – allow me to hang fabrics on windows using only a small nail. They also allow me to customize the size of bedding items to fit and secure items so that they maintain the shapes that I want them to take on.