The Secrets to Styling Your Home Like a Staging Pro from House Beautiful:

Styling extraordinaire Meridith Baer shares how to create a dreamy space (even if you don’t plan on moving)

Styled Living Room

Styled Living Room

1. Pick the perfect paint color.
When you go to pick paint, either go for a perfect shade of white, a color that flatters every skin tone, or go for bold in a dark shade of red of brown or even black. Ceilings painted white or cream tend to make the room feel larger.


2. Make your bathroom look like a hotel.
This means a counter free of products except a couple that have pretty packaging. Rolled up white towels in a basket and a potted plant look clean.


3. Add a bedroom seating area.
It seems counterintuitive to pack in more furniture, but if you have the space put an upholstered bench or chair and a side table in a corner. It’ll give the impression that the room is larger.


4. Style your coffee table like a pro.
When designing the top of your coffee table, start with something large and wonderful in the middle: a floral in an interesting pot, a huge bowl (maybe filled with sea urchins or something else interesting). Then build out from that: stacks of art books, candles, sculpture or pottery. Make it interesting and change it regularly.


5. Layer the lighting.
Ambient lighting makes a room. Place floor and table lamps at different heights around the room…it is the essence of design romance. Hanging lights (pendants and chandeliers) can be low over dining tables, but need to otherwise be high enough so that tall people don’t bump their heads. Sconces look great in larger rooms but tend to hoard wall space and limit options in small rooms.


6. Quickly tie a room together.
Whenever white orchids are placed in a room, it instantly looks fresh and inviting. Place a throw on the sofa. Plump the pillows, open an art book to a beautiful photograph…and turn the page when you get bored with it. Group together the like items of accessories: white vases or jars of sharp pencils if it’s an office.
7. Don’t forget about the outdoors.
 Put two chairs and a little table in an area outdoors and suddenly you have a new room!


8. Make a good first impression for your guests.
Statistically, you have eight seconds at the front door to get a favorable emotional response from guests. Paint your front door an unexpected color. It sends the message that your home is well cared for.


9. Lengthen your ceiling.
To create an illusion of taller ceiling or larger windows, hang curtains from as high up as possible!


10. Don’t be boring.
Vary sizes and shapes of decorative pillows to add interest. Every now and then stick a round one in the mix. Nothing is more boring that going to a dinner party with all the same types of people right? Same with pillows. Make it interesting!