My Favorite Staging Accessory: Rugs

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Photo credit: PJ & Company team in Irvington, NY

Go-to prop: Rugs

Stager: Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating, Cheshire, Conn.

Why I love it: “One of my favorite accessories is rugs — in all shapes and sizes. Rugs are great for staging because they can dress up any space. We sometimes even layer rugs over existing carpeting to play down flaws and update an all sea of beige carpeting. Rugs can anchor furniture and often better showcase hardwood floors.”

Make it work tips:

1. When staging a room, look for a modern neutral rug that goes with the décor, such as organic rugs like sisal for under a kitchen table or even with a colored border.

‪2. If there is hardwood don’t go too big with the rug. Try a 5×7 under a kitchen or small dining table when there is hardwood to add color.

3. Don’t use too many patterns. Think about the rug when the room will be photographed. You don’t want it to overwhelm the photo. When in doubt, use a neutral beige rug that will make the photo and the room pop.

  1. I think staging is incredibly important, especially these days when most potential buyers are browsing online and determining whether or not to schedule an appointment based on how nice a home looks. But I’m TERRIBLE with rugs! I like the concept, but I just don’t have enough of an artistic eye to determine when to use them or not use them, and honestly I probably would have staged something like the first photo. Thanks for the great tips!

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