Staging a home doesn’t have to be limited to neutral paint, sparsely decorated countertops and shelves, and non-assuming furniture and decor. Instead, take some inspiration from the most popular design styles in your state to help pull in buyers with a vibrant style that says: “Buy me!”

According to Digital Third Coast’s latest design trends study, which is based on 2018 Google search data, most of the nation is hooked on bohemian (14 states), Scandinavian (11 states), farmhouse (10 states), art deco (5 states) and modern (4 states) design, while some states stick to a distinct, regional style, such as southwestern (New Mexico and Arizona) or coastal (New Jersey, Virginia and Florida).

Meanwhile, Kansas was an outlier — it was the only state to favor minimalist style.


Photo credit: @bohemiandecor on Instagram

According to design website, The Spruce, bohemian design follows a “more is more” approach. Bohemian-style homes are full of earth and jewel tones, metallic finishes and a bevy of prints that borrow inspiration from a number of countries and cultures.

When it comes to furniture, choosing vintage pieces is the way to go. The Spruce suggests looking at chaises, daybeds or butterfly chairs for a “lived-in” vibe.


Photo credit: @myscandinavianhome on Instagram

Scandinavian (also known as Nordic) style is about clean lines, icy hues and “conscious buying,” — quite the opposite of bohemians’ love of knick-knacks.

Designer Niki Brantmark told Elle Decor that Scandinavian style is centered around the concept of lagom, which is about finding and maintaining the right balance in a home. 

Brantmark said homeowners should decorate slowly and choose materials, finishes and colors that mimic the natural world for a serene ambiance. Worn-in leather (or faux leather), rustic wood floors and/or ceilings and blue tones are a must.


Photo credit: @decorsteals on Instagram

Farmhouse decor is casual, warm, inviting and can be chic too, with the addition of highly stylized quilts, pillows, chairs and displays (go grab grandma’s porcelain plates, pronto). Designer Ann Drake, who decorated her home in this style, suggests washing the walls in shades of white or ivory for a clean look.

Of course, you can create an accent wall with a floral wallpaper if having all white walls isn’t your cup of tea. When it comes to decor, pull out mason jars, baskets and enamelware. Also, invest in open shelves to show off your family heirlooms and pictures.

Art deco

Photo credit: @inhomi on Instagram

Hey, old sport — consider using Art deco to create a totally vintage, yet modern, look to your home. Art deco experienced its heyday in the 20s, 30s and 40s, and focused on bold colors, geometric design and tons of detail work for a luxurious experience.

Architectural Digest says you don’t have to go full “Great Gatsby” to enjoy art deco. Instead, focus on creating a streamlined look with pops of geometrically complex mirrors and tables. Take it up a notch with animal prints, gilded finishes and sunburst chandeliers.


Photo credit: @laurelandwolf on Instagram

Modern style, not to be confused with contemporary style, is all about creating balance through clean lines, minimal decor and a warm neutral color palette.

Laurel and Wolf Interior Design designer Lauren Beaumont said wood, leather, teak, linen, plywood, plastic and polished metal are the hallmark finishes of modern style, and pops of color are “OK” — just choose a retro red-orange or even an avocado green. Lastly, geometric patterns and fixtures are always a plus!

Learn more about southwestern, coastal and minimalist style by clicking the links. 

Email Marian McPherson

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