Naked or dressed? Is staging your painted furniture really important?
I have an ongoing debate with myself when it comes to staging and styling my work. A part of me feels a well-painted piece should stand alone and speak for itself. On the other hand, why not spiff her up to show off some assets?
Here’s a confession…
I’m super envious of you ‘creative-types’ who can throw together a few items and make your painted furniture look amazing. You know who you are. You can group together a couple of rusted soup cans, a painted mason jar fancied up with twine and bam, your piece looks like it should be featured in a magazine. I look for inspiration from you designers, stylists, shop owners and talented bloggers on a daily basis because…I admit…
I’m a furniture painter who struggles with styling.
Here’s how it goes down. I scour my home for staging items. I scour my sister’s home. I’d scour your home if you’d let me in. 😉 I search thrift stores and garage sales for props that may work. I end up with a room full of knick-knacks that I spend 2+ hours trying to arrange, then re-arrange… only to re-arrange again.
How Important is Staging Your Painting Furniture?
The reality is, we’re visual junkies. Much of our advertising, social interaction, and buying is online. We expect to be WOWed by images. I know I do. And if I don’t see something I like right away, something I will like is just a click away!
So staging and styling painted furniture is important. Styling a piece can draw in more eyeballs by creating additional color, height, and interest. This keeps a viewer’s attention, and in turn, may keep them coming back for more.
Does staging help sell your furniture faster?
In my experience no. Besides custom work, I sell my pieces online (kijiji & craigslist) and via word of mouth. I haven’t noticed my staged pieces selling any faster than my non-staged pieces. My own shopping habits; when I buy furniture, it’s because I love the piece. It has nothing to do with what’s sitting on top or around it.
Will styling your furniture bring additional traffic to a blog, Facebook or Pinterest page?
With all the talented bloggers, designers and store owners showcasing their painted furniture online, a well-staged piece can bring in additional traffic. When I track visitors via Google Analytics, traffic does increase when I post a popular piece of furniture.
So you see, the debate continues!
If you’re starting a furniture painting business, staging is a wonderful tool but not necessarily a must. And like me, you can seek inspirations from those naturally talented ‘creative-types’… and learn as you go. 🙂
What are your thoughts on staging and styling your painted furniture? Are you a natural, or do you struggle with your staging efforts? Have you noticed your furniture sells faster if it’s staged? Leave your thoughts and ideas below… I always love hearing from you!
Have an amazing day!
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