Holiday design doesn’t mean decking out your home with Christmas accessories that are a decade old, or accessories that your children made. Sure, that might be fine for our own properties but when it comes to staging properties in the silly season this is not the way to go.
Believe it or not, Christmas accessories don’t have to be tacky and as in your face as the past. In Australia especially, we don’t have the warm cozy experience of drinking hot chocolate by the fire, next to the real Christmas tree on Christmas eve. Instead, we tend to spend our Christmas period outdoors, escaping the heat and sipping on ice cold drinks. So, how do you find a happy medium between truly encapsulating the Christmas spirit without going overboard in your staging?
Make it subtle!
While attempting to keep your styling projects evergreen it is only natural to want to add some Christmas cheer into your home staging projects. Don’t go staging the property like you are preparing for Christmas dinner with your family. Keep it subtle and sweet.
Instead of putting up an overwhelming Christmas tree decked out in design take what you do year round and put a Christmas twist on it. What am I talking about? GREENERY! Instead of the usual succulent install a simple Christmas wreath or a dark green plant. The great thing about using a dark green plant is that you can use it year round, not just at Christmas!
As mentioned previously, in Australia we spent most of the Christmas period outdoors. In saying this, potential home buyers will only be viewing the property in the day time so there is not much point decking out the patio in fairy lights. However, adding greenery outdoors is another great way to make the property seem more Christmas-y. When staging in summer it is important to ensure that the plants to pick to use outdoors will stay looking as if they are in bloom throughout the entirety of the staging period.
As Christmas only lasts so long, and the property you are staging may stay on the market before and after Christmas it is important to ensure that the decorations used are subtle enough to blend in with the rest of the stock even when Christmas is over. Finding a happy medium in this instance is of utmost importance when adding holiday design to your home staging business.