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Unveiling Three Key Differences

When it comes to enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a home, two terms often come to mind: interior design and home staging. While both aim to create beautiful and inviting living spaces, they serve distinct purposes and involve different processes. In this blog, we will delve into the differences between interior design and home staging to help you understand their unique roles in transforming homes.

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  • Personalisation: Interior design is all about creating spaces that reflect the personality, preferences, and lifestyle of the homeowner. It's a highly personalised process where the designer works closely with the client to understand their needs and desires.

  • Long-term: Interior design projects are meant to last. They focus on the functionality, comfort, and aesthetics of a space with the intention of making it suitable for long-term living.


  • Neutralisation: Home staging aims to present a property in the best possible light for potential buyers. It involves depersonalising the space and making it more universally appealing.

  • Short-term: Staging is a temporary solution designed to improve the marketability of a property while itis on the market. Once the property is sold, the staging is removed.

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  • Concept Development: Interior designers start with a thorough analysis of the space and the client's requirements. They develop a concept that includes a color scheme, furniture layout, and overall design theme.

  • Materials and Finishes: Designers select materials, finishes, and furnishings that align with the design concept, ensuring durability and quality.

  • Budget Management: Interior designers work with the client's budget to source and procure materials and furnishings, often involving contractors and artisans for custom work.

  • Installation: The final phase involves the installation of furniture, decor, and finishes according to the design plan.


  • Assessment: Stagers assess the property's current condition and layout. They identify areas that need improvement and develop a strategy on how to highlight its strengths.

  • Furniture and Decor Rental: In the case of empty properties, stagers often rent furniture and decor to create an inviting atmosphere. They carefully select items that complement the property and appeal to a broad range of buyers.

  • Arrangement and Styling: Stagers arrange furniture, decor, and accessories to maximise the perceived space and flow. They use design principles to create an inviting ambiance.

  • Photography: Stagers work with photographers to capture the staged space for marketing materials.




  • Design Knowledge: Interior designers have a deep understanding of design principles, space planning, colour theory, and architectural details.

  • Coordination: They manage the entire project, including working with contractors, artisans, and suppliers to bring the design to life.

  • Licensing: An Interior Designer should be Interior Design qualified to ensure their competence and adherence to industry standards. In some countries, interior designers are required to be licensed professionals. In the UK, there is no statutory regulator of interior designers, so a certified interior designer typically involves a combination of education, experience, and possibly professional membership or accreditation.


  • Design Aesthetic: Home stagers have a keen understanding of current design trends and what appeals to potential buyers.

  • Marketing Focus: Their primary goal is to enhance the visual appeal of a property for listing photos and showings, often with a focus on creating an emotional connection with buyers.

  • Certification: While certification is not always mandatory, many professional home stagers undergo training to refine their skills and techniques.

Luxurious bathroom

It is quite common for an interior designer to also work as a home stager. While interior design and home staging are distinct professions with different goals and approaches, there is often overlap in skills and knowledge that can make professionals proficient in both areas.

Ultimately, professionals who can offer both interior design and home staging services may have a competitive edge in the market, as they can cater to a wider range of client needs and projects. However, it is essential to approach each project with a clear understanding of its specific goals and requirements to provide the best possible service.

In summary, interior design revolves around creating personalised, functional, and long-lasting living spaces, while home staging is all about making a property more marketable in the short term. Understanding these distinctions can help homeowners and estate agents make informed decisions about how to best utilise these two valuable services for their specific needs.

Thank you for reading. We hope you found it interesting. If you need any interior design or home staging advice, please get in touch!



Mika Design Studio is an interior design studio on a mission to make a positive and meaningful impact on our clients’ lives; inspire them on the use of creativity and sustainable materials to create authentic interiors that organically evolve with them.

We are based in Royal Leamington Spa (Warwickshire, UK) but also operate online nationwide. We provide Consultation and Home Staging services for properties to sell, Re-design & Styling services for serviced accommodation/buy-to-let properties, and Online Interior Design for single bespoke rooms.

Visit our website to find out more about us.

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