The Difference between Interior Design and Home Staging

People often ask us what the difference is between home staging and interior design. The truth is, while both apply principles of design, using furniture and decorative accents to bring out architectural highlights of a living space, they're actually the opposite of one another!

Interior design is all about making a home personal to its occupants. Interior designers learn about their clients, asking them what they like for themselves, and what would make them happiest in a dwelling. They are concerned with making spaces fit the lives and lifestyles of their clients, so that they want to stay in their home for a long time. Conversely, home stagers are concerned with de-personalizing a living space. They think about making a home look livable to just about anyone, using décor and furnishings to show off what everyone would like about a house. It makes any house look current and fresh—a canvas upon which a buyer could paint their life. This helps home sellers and realtors achieve a quick sale for top dollar.

Interior decorating can take a long time due to the need for interior designers to find out about their clients and implement what's most interesting and personal to them. Home staging, however, is about allowing potential home buyers to see themselves in a space. Because home staging is based on doing things like removing family photos and distinctive artwork, decluttering, moving, or removing furniture, and selecting neutral colors for a space, it is a process that can take as little as a day to complete. It can take a bit longer depending on the size of the house or the complexity of the staging job, but in general it is a quick and efficient process. This is because for Kathy West, Kansas City home staging is all about bringing value to a home, resulting in the best possible return on investment.

It's absolutely possible for a family to keep living in their staged home. Home stagers want to create a living space that will appeal to just about everyone, but they also know that it's important to be in tune with the needs of the family who is staying in the house while in this transitional stage. Homes must remain livable during staging, so not to worry if you haven't already begun the process of moving into your new home. Our goal is for you to still feel right at home after we stage it—and you may even get a few ideas for how to arrange your new place! And, even if you don't, studies have shown that staged homes sell much faster than homes that go on the market unstaged, so you likely won't have to live with the changes for long!

Home staging in Kansas City will help your home sell fast, and for a great price. Contact Details Home Staging Solutions by phone at (913) 488-6471, or visit us online at

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