Difference between Home Staging and Interior Design

The two arts seem to be quite similar to each other – both make changes within the house and attempt to make it look “better”. Regardless, both of these arts are actually quite different from each other, each with different goals and challenges. In a sense, the two are even opposites of each other!

The main distinction between the two is that interior designing is much more personalized than home staging. This personalization could bring a challenge to home sellers when trying to sell a home to a large variety of people with different tastes. The purpose of home staging is to make a house look attractive for sale, so changes made within the house are not generalized to any particular taste or group of people. Home staging strives to make the house look great for everyone. In contrast, interior designing makes a house more personalized and tailored to a particular taste. As written by Home Staging Professionals, “interior designing is turning a house into a home, whereas home staging is turning a home into a house”. Not everyone may be fond of the new changes you have made as a result of interior designing, and this is what may make your house harder to sell.

Here are two pictures to illustrate the point. The one on the left is a picture of interior design done within the house and the one of the right is a picture of home staging done within the house.

Interior Design

Interior Design

Home Staging

Home Staging

As you can see, the “red” color of the wall and picture behind the sofa, and the rainbow colors of the pillows may not appeal to every individual. Although the house may be beautiful, the current design may unfortunately deter people from seeing the true beauty of the house.

On the other hand, the room with home staging is very neutral. Notice how there are no intense colors and the majority is white. In this case, it would be quite difficult to overlook the beauty of the house as the home stager has done a good job at accentuating the appeal of the home.

The conclusion? Always go with home staging.

Just kidding. But if you are trying to sell your home, home staging would be more beneficial since it will allow you to attract a share of buyers who will not overlook the beauty of the house as would more often than not be the case with personalized interior designing.