Home Staging Secrets: Choosing The Right Decor For a Room

By Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.
April 30, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2016

It sounds like a no-brainer: Beds go in the bedroom, dining tables go in the dining room, sofas go in the living room. But what about those extra rooms, like a spare bedroom, office or sunroom? If you’re lucky enough to have that extra space (which can be a major selling point!), it’s important to decorate them properly to reflect their intended purpose.

This sunroom for example, was far from its potential. The dark furniture and rugs aren’t appropriate for a sunroom, and it hardly appeared comfortable and inviting! The chairs, bureaus and runner-style rug would be much more suited to a foyer or even a dining room.

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To stage this room, we re-vamped nearly everything in it. The idea of a sunroom is to create a comfortable, airy space – not stuffy and dark! We got rid of the curtains all together, replaced the red rug with a beige one, added a comfy couch, and pretty, easy accents such as the natural wood coffee table and flowers.

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Photo Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Designed by a Cathy Hobbs Home Staging Class

So remember: When you’re staging your home, keep in mind the intended purpose of the room and make sure the furnishings match!

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Cathy Hobbs
5-time Emmy award winning television personality Cathy Hobbs (ASID) is the founder and creator of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™. Cathy currently hosts her own self-branded design television series, Design Recipes, airing on the top rated “PIX Morning News” on WPIX-TV in New York City. Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV's Hit Reality Series "DESIGN STAR and most recently served for a year as the green expert for “The Life Improvement Squad” a national campaign with IKEA and O Magazine.