Staging your home before selling is about more than just painting the walls, getting rid of personalized clutter, and swapping out dated or excess furniture, although those are all very important.

Home staging is also creating a feeling of home. As much of home staging is done to create a neutral feel, one of the best ways to appeal to all types of buyers is to use natural elements in your staging, especially flowers and greenery. Plants and flowers enhance a space by bringing in subtle pops of color and pleasant natural scents, creating a feeling of warmth throughout the home.

Create a Fresh First Impression by Staging Your Entry with Flowers and Greenery

Staging the front porch and outdoors is crucial to making a good first impression. The first thing a prospective homebuyer sees when he or she visits the house is the front porch and front door. Even if the porch is in good repair and the door is freshly painted, if the outside is completely bare, it will come across as closed off and even forbidding

Add a fresh wreath to the front door that fits the season – pine in the winter, peony-accented wreath in the spring, wildflowers in the summer – to send a welcoming message. Consider your space when using plants outdoors. For small porches, a hanging basket may be perfect, but for larger areas, twin topiaries or a potted plant on top of a wrought-iron stand can be a lovely option!

Meanwhile, if you have an entry, a slim console table with fresh-cut flowers dresses up a space that many sellers forget about.

Using Flowers Throughout Your Staged Home

Flowers and plants can add much-needed color to rooms dominated by neutral shades. While you should not overdo things, with plants and flowers on every surface, every room in the home can be elevated with flowers.

Coffee tables, dining tables, breakfast nooks, and even the tops of bedroom dressers stand out with larger displays. Consider a larger metal or reclaimed wood container filled with fragrant hydrangea blooms, lilacs, dahlias, and other large, showy blossoms for an eye-catching centerpiece.

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End tables in living rooms and bedroom nightstands are great for bud vases with a few fresh-cut, slim flowers such as a few tulips, delphiniums, and daffodils. Don’t forget succulents for the bathrooms such as dracaena or bamboo or create a spa-like feel with a delicate orchid.

Keep it Fresh and Seasonal

When staging a home, many people prefer to use silk flowers and plants to prevent the cost of replacing or the upkeep of real, live plants. While that’s a legitimate concern, it’s often better to provide the real, living plants and greenery. It will make your home feel alive and welcoming.

Using fake plants may turn off some buyers, making them feel that the home itself is artificial, which is at odds with the goal of home staging – to create an inviting, appealing space that feels like home to prospective buyers.

That same thought applies to using seasonal plants and greenery to dress up the property. Bring the beauty of spring and summer indoors with bright, vivid flowers and blossoms. In fall, chrysanthemums, yarrow, or dried arrangements make homebuyers think of apple picking and hayrides, while winter greenery of pine boughs, holly, and poinsettias allow prospective buyers to consider celebrating Christmas in their new home.