5 Little Luxuries Home Stagers Always Incorporate into Living Rooms

published Apr 9, 2023
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Home stagers are experts in making living spaces look luxurious, inviting, and comfortable. But while their primary goal is often to attract potential buyers, anyone can easily apply their techniques to add a touch of elegance to their living room. I’ve gathered a few insider secrets from top home stagers to help you elevate your living room experience with simple, affordable additions. Here are the little luxuries they always incorporate into their designs.

Plush Throw Pillows

One of the quickest and most affordable ways to add a touch of luxury to your living room is by incorporating plush throw pillows. Joy Aumann, the cofounder of LuxurySoCalRealty, relies on throw pillows to add warmth and comfort to a room. Choose cushions in various shapes, sizes, and textures to create visual interest and depth. 

Aumann also opts for soft, high-quality fabrics like velvet or silk to evoke a sense of indulgence. “These materials look luxurious and add texture and depth to the room, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere,” she explains.

Statement Lighting

Investing in unique and eye-catching lighting can make a dramatic difference in your living room. “I always aim to incorporate multiple layers of light in the living rooms I stage, such as floor lamps, table lamps, and dimmable overhead lighting,” says Aumann. “By doing so, homeowners can easily adjust the lighting to their preferences, whether entertaining guests or enjoying a quiet evening at home.”

For quick updates, consider swapping out one standard light fixture for a statement piece that complements your existing decor or installing a dimmer switch, which is a fast and inexpensive upgrade.

Coffee Table Styling

A well-styled coffee table is a staple of luxe living rooms — not only is it functional, but the visual appeal gives you an excellent opportunity to showcase your personality and spark conversation when you have guests over. 

“Stacking books with beautiful covers with interesting content on a coffee table or console creates interest and gives personality to a room,” says Connecticut-based home stager Leia T. Ward, principal of LTW Design. You can add to your perfect coffee table with candles and small sculptures, but leave some empty space for functionality and opt for a stylish tray to keep items organized and easy to rearrange.

Fresh Flowers and Greenery

Introducing fresh flowers and greenery can breathe life into your living room. “Whether it is long stems, branches, or flowers, it creates an element of care to a space that makes people feel good,” says Ward. 

Choose low-maintenance plants like succulents or snake plants, and rotate fresh flower arrangements to keep the space feeling vibrant and dynamic.

High-Quality Textiles

Investing in high-quality textiles is a subtle way to make your living room feel more luxurious. “The right combination of fabrics can elevate any space, making it feel both cozy and elegant,” explains Aumann, who often incorporates plush throw blankets made of cashmere or faux fur into her rooms. Ward agrees, often choosing an alpaca or cashmere throw for her designs. “It just makes you want to jump on the sofa and relax,” she says.

If you choose not to go with a throw blanket, there are plenty of ways to incorporate luxe textiles elsewhere in a room — think silk curtains. “These materials look luxurious and add texture and depth to the room, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere,” according to Aumann.