My Favorite Staging Accessory: Greenery

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Photo credit: Michelle Boyle, California Chic Staging

Go-to prop: Fake tree or plant

Stager: Michelle Boyle, owner of California Chic Staging Co., Roseville, Calif.

Why I love it: “So many people use awful and outdated greenery in homes. Spending the money on really great greenery makes all the difference when creating a look and feel for a home. You want a fresh, modern piece to help accessorize the space.”


Photo credit: Michelle Boyle, California Chic Staging

Make it work tips: 

  • Learn the difference between a “good” fake tree and a “not so good” one. Typically, the better ones cost a lot more, but not always. Scout out places like Home Goods or Target. Some types of trees and plants can pull off being fake versus real much better, such as succulents, grasses, and Boyle’s personal favorite — the fiddle leaf fig tree.
  • A great place for adding greenery in a home is large empty corners of a room, coffee and side tables, and in bathrooms.
  • Don’t overdo it. Use fake greenery sparingly, such as one or two pieces in the main living room and one in each room thereafter.

Photo credit: Michelle Boyle, California Chic Staging


Photo credit: Michelle Boyle, California Chic Staging


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. Having staged 70 of our real estate team’s listings last year, I totally agree with you, Melissa.

    Bad “faux botanicals” which are dusty, bent, faded and have an odor give greenery a bad rap but the quality ones really enhance a seller’s home. Many homeowners do not have live plants (oh, what they are missing!) so quality fauxs really add life and ground a room, especially with all the “hard” materials we find in today’s homes i.e. hardwood floors, granite, black furniture, leather. Greenery softens and brings life.