You have probably seen, or at least heard of, the television shows about how to arrange and decorate a house. Some use interior designers and others have home staging services. If you are in need of help setting things up in a home, which type of professional should you call? While it might not seem like it matters who you choose, the two professions differ in a few important ways.
An interior designer is a professional who creates a space just for you. The colors, textures, and lighting are done in a way that pleases you and expresses your personality. The professional will sit down and talk with you at length about your likes, dislikes, and what you want the area to feel like when it's complete. While he or she may make suggestions that will flesh out an idea, it will all start with you. If you are looking for a truly unique place that represents you, you should work with an interior designer.
Home Staging Services
Home staging is generally done to homes you are trying to sell or rent. The professional understands how to create a generic look that will appeal to everyone. Colors should be neutral, and textures and patterns should be simple and unassuming. The furniture is arranged in a way that is open and inviting. There should be a lot of space, with no crowding. Wall decorations should be sparse and plain or common. While your input is allowed, it will generally be limited to choosing between things the professional shows you.
Examples of Differences
You may like the idea of a brightly colored, patterned wallpaper as an accent wall in the living room. The interior designer will help you find something that will fit in with the overall mood and feel of the room that you are trying to convey. A home stager will paint the whole room a neutral color that allows people to see the room and imagine it done over the way they want it. While you may want your furniture set in a cozy, close arrangement, if the room is being set up by a stager, the area will be arranged to be open. This allows people to see the true size of the space and imagine their own furniture in it.
Basically, interior designing is done to accommodate you while staging is done for unknown people. Work with an interior designer to create the space you want and hire a home staging company to set things up for the public.