10 Tips for Staging a Room to be Photographed


June 6, 2019

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Calling all Realtors and Designers!!! Today I’m putting together a quick list of small yet impactful tips for staging a room to be photographed. These simple tweaks can take a space from drab to fab in heartbeat.

Adding just a few pieces to a space is an easy way to prepare a room to be photographed

1) If it’s empty, put something there!

Having just gone through the home buying process myself, I found that houses that had furnishings looked way bigger and homier than those that were empty. This will hold true in photographs as well. They’ll be more interesting and the viewers/clients will be able to visualize themselves in the space more easily.

2) Turn the lights on

Ok, this one may come down to the photographer’s preference but most of the time I like to have lights on in the room. If you’ve got an all white, super airy, design then you can definitely get away with no lights but turning just a few on makes it feel like someone’s home. I’ve also found that having the lights on makes it easier to compose an image that will show the windows better. The light meter likes it when there’s just as much light in the room as is coming through the windows. Plus, I really love how a lamp can create a soft glow in one spot of the room.

Lamps are a great touch when staging a room for photography.

3) Add a couple of pillows

It’s amazing what a couple of pillows can do for a sofa. It creates visual interest, emphasizes color in other parts of the room, and makes you want to plop down on the couch!

**Also, amazon has a really awesome selection of affordable throw pillows. I recommend checking these out**

4) Have a throw blanket over the arm

Just like pillows, throw blankets are a super way to add texture and coziness to a space. Lay it casually over the arm of a sofa or chair for that, “just sat on it” feel.

**Again, Amazon takes the cake! Here are a few throw blankets that are super easy to incorporate into a shot.

Throw blanket over brown couch illustrating layering texture

5) Stack some books on the table

This is one of the easiest solutions! Everybody loves the idea of a reading through a book. Try putting two or three decorative books, of varying sizes, on the side table or coffee table.

Is your bookshelf covered in a rainbow of book spines? Try turning the books around so the pages face outward. It creates uniformity and texture.

6) Place Settings on the table

The best way to spruce up a kitchen or dining table is to add place settings or dishes! Coffee cups with a newspaper are a great touch in a breakfast nook. On dining tables, try layering plates on top of chargers with napkins neatly folded on top. For that classy look, stick with all white dishes. They’ll work in any space.

Small dining table with place settings and hanging light bulb chandelier.

7) Use double comforters to add poof to the bed.

Have you ever noticed how big and fluffy the bedding is in the store? And then when you get home your’s falls flat? Here’s the secret… for staging purposes, stores will add one or two additional comforters under their top comforter (eep!). Give it a go in your next bedroom. And while you’re at it, toss another throw over the foot of the bed!

**Here’s a really cheap comforter you can use under any bedding.**

8) Don’t forget the greenery

We all love the fiddle leaf figs! Staging a room with plants will help it feel fresh and organic. They will also bring in a pop of color and can be used to fill up empty space.

A snake plant and fiddle leaf fig are common plants used for staging rooms.

9) Mix large and small items

This is especially useful if you need something on a shelf or coffee table. Pairing items of different scales can bring visual interest and balance to a design.

10) Watch the windows

Probably the bane of any photographer’s existence is window lighting. When staging, it’s helpful to have window treatments ready to go (and possibly be used) for when the photographer arrives. There is a good chance you’ll be adjusting window treatments a lot!

That wraps up my 10 Tips For Staging A Room For Photography. Whether you are the actual photographer or a realtor, keep these ideas in mind and see what a big difference it can make!

For more ideas, be sure to check out my Furniture Market Recap and check out how the big furniture names stage their showrooms!

You can also look at my Ethan Allen Photo session to see how one designer staged her space.

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meet krista

I’m a Jesus loving mom of two with an eye for beautiful things. When I was a kid, I always wanted to grow up to “make things” and that’s exactly what I did.

I started out as an interior designer with a side passion for
photography. Over time, I began to find more and more joy from my work behind the camera. Once I made the jump full time, there was no turning

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