Should You Use Plants When You Stage Your Home?If you’re like many people, you know that selling your home requires staging – the act of making your home as appealing as possible to the widest range of buyers. That means removing excess furniture, taking down personalized decor (such as family photos) and choosing neutral pieces that make your house look more like a model home than the place you live. But what about plants? Should you use plants when you stage your home? This guide explains.
You should absolutely use plants when you stage your home. Though you don’t need to make your home look like a greenhouse, adding a splash of life here and there can make a tremendous difference for prospective buyers. When you add plants, remember:

  • Pick plants that you don’t have to jump through hoops to care for
  • Use plants to draw attention to your home’s best features
  • Mix and match sizes and styles

Here’s a closer look at each.

Tip #1 for Using Plants in Home Staging: Choose Low-Maintenance Greenery

You can use plants in home staging even if you have a “black thumb” instead of a green one. You just need to choose plants that are relatively low maintenance (read: tough to kill). Depending on the plants you choose, you can set a watering schedule that’s easy to stick to. Some of the easiest plants to manage in your home include: 

  • Peace lilies (though they’re toxic to pets, so be careful)
  • Snake plant and spider plant (don’t worry – they don’t attract them)
  • Tradescantia zebrina
  • Red aglaonema
  • ZZ plant
  • Monstera
  • Parlor palm
  • Bamboo

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Tip #2 for Using Plants in Home Staging: Use Plants to Highlight Your Home’s Best Features

When you use plants to stage your home, you want to use them wisely. That means strategically placing them in the right spots. Use brightly colored plants to draw attention to specific amenities, such as built in bookcases, fireplace mantels or spectacular windows. Want to show off how tall your ceiling is? Use a tall plant, such as a small tree.
Make sure your plant looks great from all angles before you call it a day. Additionally, if you place a plant in an area that doesn’t get the right amount of sun, set yourself a reminder to move it into the light from time to time. That way, prospective buyers won’t see dead or dying plants around your house, which can be depressing (or, at the very least, a sign that you don’t care for the things that belong to you, which buyers may interpret to mean the rest of your home as well).
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Tip #3 for Using Plants in Home Staging: Mix and Match Sizes and Styles

Plant arrangement is almost as important as the plants and places you choose. Displaying plants properly is an art – but it’s one you can easily master. Start with your biggest, most attractive plant, and then surround it with an even number of visually supportive plants. Maybe you pick a beautiful, blooming peace lily as a centerpiece and a few air plants, or perhaps you choose a large fern and put a few flowering plants beside it. The best part is that you can move your plants around to find the best arrangement.
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