If you’re looking to stage your home yourself, you’ve come to the right place! There are certain rooms that are more valuable to focus your attention on. So in this article, I will explore the most important rooms to stage to sell your home. Starting with first impressions, which are integral to catch the attention of your potential buyers. Then moving on to the “hero shot”, a crucial element that is the most impactful and visually appealing photo of your home. Then discussing curb appeal, along with outdoor areas, and big cost rooms like the bathroom, kitchen, and living rooms. All of which play an essential role in creating a welcoming atmosphere. Without further ado, let’s get into the key rooms for home staging!

First Impressions

First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. So, put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and look at the entry point into your home. This space often includes multiple rooms, sometimes an entry leading to a living room, other times a hallway with some bedrooms. Think of it as an invitation into the space and the beginning of the story that your home is telling, and style it as such. It’s the hook to get people looking further into the property, so it’s vital to get that space looking tremendous! If you want to improve your home’s first impressions, we share our recommendations on how to prepare your home for sale here.

Curb Appeal

One of the first things your potential buyers will see is your driveway/front entrance to your house. So, we recommend ensuring this area is landscaped and well presented. If you want tips on how to maximise curb appeal, have a read of our blog about it here.

Outdoor Areas

A well-staged outdoor area can create a positive and lasting impression. Outdoor areas like patios, decks, and gardens are becoming increasingly important when it comes to home staging. With a growing trend towards outdoor living and entertainment, a well-staged outdoor area can be a major selling point for buyers looking for an extra space to entertain family and friends. Whether it’s a cosy seating area, an outdoor kitchen, or a beautifully landscaped garden, a well-maintained and visually appealing outdoor space will significantly enhance the overall value of your property. By creating an inviting outdoor atmosphere, you expand your living space, showcase the lifestyle of the property and demonstrate the full potential of your home. Which makes it more desirable to potential buyers! Watch this video for Phoebe’s insights into staging a pool area.

  • A styled outdoor area overlooking a pool. A black table and chairs with a plant, some soda water and glasses sitting atop.
  • A staged outdoor area overlooking the city. 2 couches and an outdoor table.
  • A large outdoor area overlooking the pool. A large lounge and 2 single armchairs sit around a black outdoor table.

The Hero Shot

The hero shot is a crucial element of home staging. It’s often the first and most impactful image potential buyers see when browsing online listings or marketing materials. The shot is the photo that captures the essence of your home and showcases its unique features and selling points.

Find Your Shot

A staged kitchen bench featuring a large vase of native flowers, a cook book and tea towel. The kitchen light is a statement piece, a long slithering golden light above the bench.

Take a look around your property. What’s your favourite part? And I’m not talking about your favourite sentimental area, like the room where your baby said their first word. Rather, put yourself in the shoes of a home buyer and think about which area is unique or a standout. What catches your eye, and captures the essence of your home? That will most likely be your hero shot. So, make sure you’ve done all you can to that area before photos. If it’s your beautiful back garden, make sure it’s hedged and clean. If it’s the beautiful cathedral ceilings, or the phenomenal cityscape backdrop, the goal is to ensure this space looks its absolute best! A well-composed and visually appealing hero shot will grab the attention of potential buyers and make them want to see more. 

An entrance to a staged living room. Featuring white and blue accents.

Token, Big Cost Rooms


  • A staged kitchen bench, featuring black accents. A black tray holds glasses, a black bottle of gin, and a large orchid.
  • A teal kitchen staged with wooden and white accents.
  • A stone bench top styled with a white tray holding a large vase of yellow flowers and a cook book.
  • A blue and white kitchen bench staged with a wooden cutting board and cook book. A large white vase holds native greenery and a teapot and teacups sits beside.

The kitchen is the heart of the home and is a crucial room to stage when selling your property. A well-staged kitchen can create a welcoming atmosphere and showcase the potential of the space. The kitchen demonstrates to potential buyers that your home is functional and practical for everyday living, making it a major selling point. Focusing on the kitchen during home staging can highlight the value of your property. While also creating a lasting impression for potential buyers. Styling kitchens is all about adding interest and purpose to the already functional space. Like always, start with the basics: decluttering. Once the benches are clear and your personal items are out of view, we can get on with the fun part! By adding utensils, tea towels and greenery we add texture, and interest to the kitchen. For more in depth tips on kitchen decorating read this article.


The bathroom can make or break a potential buyer’s impression of your home. A clean, well-staged bathroom creates a sense of luxury and relaxation, while a dirty or cluttered bathroom can be a major turn-off. A bathroom highlights the value and function of your home, as it is often one of the most used rooms in the house and an expensive one to renovate! So, by investing time and effort into staging your bathroom you help to maximise your home’s potential and increase the chances of a successful sale. It’s such a vital room for staging that we have them as a standard complimentary room in our quotes. This means we always style a bathroom! Want some tips for styling your bathroom yourself? Read our recent blog here.

Living Rooms

Living areas are where we spend the bulk of our quality time. So, it almost goes without saying that living areas have a massive importance when you’re selling. A general rule we follow is to revert to the original floor plan. Styling the home as intended, rather than for personal functionality will help your audience envision themselves living in the space. While also showcasing the most that the property has to offer. Living areas add both emotional and monetary value when selling. Which is why when we were staging the following large family home, we reverted the client’s music and game rooms back into extra living areas.

Let’s take a closer look at this example

This property we styled recently is a family home with four bedrooms and ensuites in every room. The home features a combined living and dining space, a music room and outdoor area downstairs then a study and kids game area upstairs. It is undoubtedly a family home and as it is situated in a family neighbourhood we know our target market will be families. And what better way to add value than to modify that music room and kids playpen into additional living areas. First for practicality, imagine living with four to six other people and only having one living area to split between you all! But also by modifying the layout to have two living spaces, and an additional as I like to call it ‘book nook’, we add value to the property. 

So, by returning to the floor plan and styling 3 living areas we:
  • Bring functionality to the rooms
  • Ensure no space goes to waste
  • Help the clients get the best return on investment possible!
Watch Phoebe discuss the property in depth in this Foxy TV Episode.
  • Key rooms for home staging. The living room styled with a cream rug, black sofas and 2 cream occasional chairs.
  • Key rooms for home staging. A staged media room featuring a dark green lounge, black and white rug and black coffee table.
  • Key rooms for home staging. A staged reading area with two white occasional chairs on a dark green rug with a black glass top coffee table.

By focusing on key rooms like the living room, bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor areas, you can create an inviting space that potential buyers will love. And don’t forget about the hero shot and first impressions. They’re like the star of the show that will grab buyers’ attention and make them want to see what else your house has to offer!

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