3 Staging Solutions to Modernize a Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Stager Sandra Holmes, president of Home Staging Concepts in South Florida, shows how a few design touches can instantly transform a room.

#1 Accessorize it.

Master suite sitting area

Problem: The nearly bare seating area wasn’t sending the message of luxury in this multi-million dollar home.




Solution: Holmes wanted to soften the look and create a more intimate seating area. She brought in tables, added accessories and greenery and faux fur pillows for a layered look, and anchored the space with a textured rug.


Photo credit: Sandra Holmes, Home Staging Concepts, www.homestagingconcepts.net


#2 Furnish it.

Great room

Problem: This large great room was vacant, devoid of any personality, and buyers were having difficulty envisioning the layout for furniture.



Solution: Holmes offered up a picture by giving a modern treatment to the space, using furniture with straight lines, mismatching – but complementary—patterns and textures through fabrics and artwork, glass table-lamps, and color pops of blues.


Photo credit: Sandra Holmes, Home Staging Concepts, www.homestagingconcepts.net


#3 Re-imagine it.

Guest bedroom

Problem: This condo bedroom showed it was great for children, but the owners of this beachfront home were missing an opportunity to show the space off as the perfect guest room.

BEFORE_Holmes_Guest Bedroom


Solution: Holmes transformed the room to a guest bedroom, adding light, soft colors through new bedding and accented it with beach-themed artwork over the twin beds.

AFTER_Holmes_Guest Bedroom

Photo credit: Sandra Holmes, Home Staging Concepts, www.homestagingconcepts.net



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. kristal jacobs

    Where can i find those beachy pictures above twin beds? They are perfect!

  2. Great article on staging, Melissa! Those rooms were really transformed. Our experience in residential real estate sales in SC has been that staging helps move homes faster and that is what every seller wants. My best, Jonathan

  3. Great article. Staging makes such big a difference.

  4. With the buyers of today, the more modern a home looks, the more it is likely to sell. With these tips, we can transform any space to one that fits better to the buyer of today.

  5. Transforming a space in your house to a more modern one makes it more captivating to the buyers of today.