Home Staging | Colorful SE Bungalow


In home staging, every now and then comes a space with a bright and bold style. The very first time we toured this house we couldn't believe the primary color overload! What do you do when painting isn't an option? Rule # 1 in interior design is to honor the architectural elements in the home and that is just what our home stagers did.

Architectural elements are described in the interior design world as the exclusive details and elements that, together, form the architectural style of a house. Essentially, these are the things that can not be moved or changed.

In this home staging, Design Allure planned to honor those architectural elements within the space by complimenting the color of the walls with simple accents.  We didn't want to compete with the walls, we just wanted to to embrace the space and the turnout was fabulous!


CHALLENGE | Create a positive impact the moment prospective buyers walk into the space. 


Stepping into the foyer on the right we were greeted with an open dining room. The dining room was large so it was a flexible space to work with. The walls are a beautiful Sundance yellow and the windows featured red silk custom drapes the seller generously sold with the house.

We decided to compliment these drapes with these red distressed tolix style dining chairs in an effort to create visual interest. Our home stagers added the sheepskin throws for additional texture. The art work compliments the colors of the Persian rug as well as the colors of the home. When everything came together it was so harmonious.


If your dining room is dark, bring in the light!  If there is at least one wall of windows hang a mirror on the opposite wall to reflect natural light when staging the space.

Placing a pair of tall, skinny lamps on a buffet table with a mirror hung above will make your dining room glow! Note that mirrors can be heavy and with these plaster walls, we didn't want to chance it as we are not the owners of the space.

Check out our article on home staging tips you should know here!


CHALLENGE | Highlight the potential for entertainment with family and friends while honoring the color palette.  

Home stagers set the table with large, carefully chosen pieces for emphasis. We didn't want buyers to be distracted by small details. You want the table to look delightful and abundant, but not crowded.  We added succulents inside the bowls as a special touch with chargers to add additional emphasis and texture.


In home staging, a table setting contributes to the ambience of a meal. Our home stagers understand that setting the table for a staging is different than  setting the table for a meal or a dinner party. The settings are allowed to be a little over the top. Check out our article in 5 interior design mistakes to avoid here.


CHALLENGE | Highlight the rooms best possible layout while honoring the color palette. 

To the right of the foyer , in the living room we balanced the red drapes by brining in subtle complimentary colors with accent chairs and  decor such as the vase you see above. We used the industrial style shelving units to create an open feeling in the small small space. Recessed can lighting brightens this space so additional lighting was not a priority. The neutral love seat was key in this space.

The burlap rug warms the space while also separating it from the dining room. The bench, sofa and accents chairs show prospective buyers how many people can be hosted at one time in the space.


When staging smaller homes, smaller pieces can create a feeling the space is larger than it is. This is crucial in listing photos because these are prospective buyers first impressions of the home. The key is not to overcrowd the space. Maximizing space is important but don't go too over the top! A cluttered home that you can't move around comfortably in will likely turn perspective buyers off.

In styling the coffee table for a staging its important to keep the display balanced. Nothing makes for a cluttered surface faster than a large collection of small knick-knacks. In contrast, displaying only large items can look excessive and awkward. To keep your coffee table balanced, vary the scale of display items and stack or group like objects together.  Adding organic elements such a floral displays adds visual interest.

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IRENE Tokstad

With a loving husband and three amazing kids, Irene is committed to serving and supporting fellow community families of all shapes and sizes by helping them realize their home vision with innovation, integrity and passion.


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CHALLENGE | Make the most out of the available square footage in order to create a multifunctional room that fits prospective buyers needs. 

In the bedroom you are greeted with a beautiful dusty rose paint on the walls making this space trendy and bright. The space was small so we staged it with a full size bed in an effort to have a nightstand on each side. The wicker chest offers texture in the space and the artwork compliments the colors of the walls as well as the decor. We complimented the wall color with bedding and throw pillows in a subtle way so as not to lose emphasis or overpower the space with too much pink.

The desk functions as a working desk or a vanity. We decided to leave that up to the imagination of the prospective buyer. We set the stage with simple accents and a black tolix style chair for contrast against the sheepskin rug and result was fresh and balanced.


Warm your bedroom  with an accent rug. It provides contrast while also separating the space from the desk.

When choosing art for your wall, the artwork should be ½ – ¾ the width of the selected space. This is especially true when you are hanging art over a piece of furniture or above a fireplace. Interior designers abide by the principle in an effort to create harmony and balance.


CHALLENGE | Create an enchanting children's space for prospective buyers. 

In this purple room we couldn't help but embrace the idea of a girls room! We brought in complimentary bedding with a subtle print for texture and throw pillows for contrast. The turn out was fantastic!


In home staging we must consider our target market. In small two bedrooms houses like this adorable SE Bungalow, it's important to attract the first time homebuyer. First time home buyers often are thinking about or have already started a family. When debating an office or a bedroom, if there are only 2 bedrooms, consider staging a kids room.


Ever aspect of this staging was rewarding once we saw the end result. Design Allure's home stagers transformed this house into a home and it was fabulous! This house sold within 2 weeks on the market. Welcome home to the new homeowners! Thank you so much for reading this blog about our project and feel free to check more out here.

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