If only life were that simple and any skill you ever wanted to learn could be perfected with just 10 easy-to-learn, neatly packaged tips. Now don’t get me wrong – we don’t think that having your house photographed is too complicated but it is often best left to the professionals.

However, if you find yourself without a professional and need to prepare your house for photographs either for a vacation rental, to sell it, or to just show off your new digs to friends and family, here are the top 10 tips on how to best Home Staging Photo.

Top 11 tips for staging an impressive Home Staging Photo

1. Design for the camera

When putting together a space, we always think of the camera first. Will this angle look right, will it show off the best feature of the house? Will the light hit these items correctly?

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Design for the camera in home staging photo

The good news is you should have a camera in your pocket as you read this. When we stage a house for the market, we are constantly taking photographs of it and looking at it through the camera lens. It helps us to see errors in symmetry, lighting, cleanliness, etc.

2. No more wrinkles

In real life, wrinkly sheets don’t make a lick of difference. The camera, however, hates wrinkles and makes them look 100 times worse than they really are. Our best advice on this one is to take those wrinkles right out and makes the sheets, pillows, shower curtains, etc. all look perfect in the picture.

3. Light it up

Light can be your best friend or your worst enemy. If you don’t know how to control it, you are destined to fail. The time of day and weather conditions can make a huge difference in how well your space photographs.

If the afternoon sun is blazing into your room throwing harsh shadows all over, the shot is destined to look “blown out” with areas as dark as night and as bright as a nuclear boom.

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Light it up

To help combat this problem, look for the best time for indirect sunlight outside and inside your space. Cloudy days are perfect for this. It is also a great idea to turn on your interior lights and lamps, this will help to even out the lighting in the space.

4. Fluff the carpet

We often see houses photographed with matted carpet that looks old and tired. The best way to fluff up your tired wall-to-wall is to use a broom. Running the broom over the top of the carpet in random directions will bring new life to a sagging floor textile.

5. Look beyond the window

It’s true enough you are photographing the interiors of your space but the outside of your windows will be seen in the photos. If there are piles of trash covered with blue tarps right outside your window, they are going to come through in the photos.

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Look beyond the window

Clean up the areas outside the window and make it visually quiet so it does not draw attention to itself. If the area can’t be cleaned up, consider a frosted film on the window.

6. Limit the color scheme

There are neutrals and there are colors. The neutrals are black, white, grey, brown, beige, cream, silver, and sometimes gold. You can put as many different neutrals in a room as you want. They can form a great base for your color. The colors are the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Colors must be used with great restraint.

We endeavor to have only one color per room. If you have more than one color per room, the photographs will start to look chaotic and visually noisy.

7. Rely on symmetry, repetition, and rhythm

Symmetry, repetition, and rhythm can be found throughout nature and humans find them to be aesthetically pleasing. Repetition is why we find flowers so pleasing. Rhythm can be found in the ripples of a sand dune.

A quick and easy way to make a space more aesthetically pleasing is to use these simple principles of good design.

8. Look at the problem from a different angle, then design the best one

So often when we are first talking with a designer, they worry about every angle that a room will be seen from. We find them paralyzed by viable arguments, both good and bad, derived from seeing space from two vantage points. Figure out where the camera will most likely be and make every decision for the room based on that. Chances are, it will turn out great.

9. Hire a professional

My best advice is if you want great photographs, hire a great photographer. And of course, they can give you lots of amazing real estate photos that could be surprised your customers.

10. Get out of the mirror

There is really only one thing worst. It’s your shadow in the mirror accidentally. If you are still confused about how to best correct this error, refer to No.9 – Hire a professional.

11. Furnish the house, but don’t over-decorate

Empty houses are hard to see. Furniture provides scale, shows the use, and adds light to spaces. Without it, the space is just walls, windows, floors, and ceilings. It is important to show how the space is used and how big the space is.

We especially high-recommended you hire a professional real estate photo editing provider to get responsibility for Home Staging Photo.


So we see we have more than 11 tips for getting good photographs for Home Staging Photo. We hope the above information helps you have the most impressive home staging photos to send to customers.

If you do not have much time but want a high-quality collection of real estate photos, you can consider using EstateEdit service.

EstateEdit specializes in providing staging services for real estate videos and photos.

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