When staging an occupied home for sale during the holidays, is it OK to decorate during the winter holiday season?    My answer is yes, it is OK to add some subtle holiday touches, but be careful not to go overboard or the Holiday décor may distract potential buyers from seeing all of the features that the home has to offer.   Here are some tips:


·         Curb appeal – leave the blow-up snowman and Santa in storage this year.   Suggest a simple evergreen wreath with red bow and/or white lights.   If you have a larger porch area by your front door, you may also consider small potted Christmas trees with white lights on either side of your front door.   These small touches will be welcoming to potential buyers.   I’ve seen some nice, inexpensive options at Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby, At Home, and Kirklands.

·         Add small holiday items around the home.  Keep them subtle, but warm and festive.   Consider a basket of pinecones as a centerpiece on a kitchen/dining table, perhaps cinnamon-scented.  Remember the “rule of 3” when placing holiday items around the home:  Do not use all of your holiday items, but  create a small grouping of 3 decorations, such as ceramic snowmen or holiday candles.   Lots of nice options at Homegoods, At Home, Pier 1, Kirklands, PotteryBarn, and Ballard Designs.

·         When decorating, choose colors that complement the color palette of the rooms.  For example, if your room colors are mostly earth tones, I suggest decorative accents that are in rich colors such as cranberry, gold, and darker greens.

·         Decorations may also be used to accentuate features of the home.  To highlight an elegant fireplace, consider hanging a few ornaments to draw attention to the fireplace.   I suggest that home sellers do not hang personalized stockings by the fireplace as they may be distracting to buyers.  You may consider hanging mistletoe from a doorway with special architectural features.

·         If you normally put up a Christmas tree, ensure the size of the tree enables the room to still look spacious.   A tall tree can show off 2-story rooms or high ceilings, but make sure the tree’s width does not overwhelm the room.   If your room is small, save space with a thinner tree.   Be sure to trim your tree with a cohesive theme, and reduce the number of ornaments that you normally use (don’t feel you have to use all or your ornaments!).

If you need assistance, please contact me for a home staging consultation at (770) 366-2408, or Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com.  I specialize in staging homes that will be occupied while listed for sale.

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