Mix It Up All Around

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You’d never consider wearing the same clothes for days on end, would you? So why force your home to endure the same tired decor year after year?“We get used to our surroundings, but they can become stale and stagnant. If a chair has been in the same spot for five years, move it!” says Barb Schwarz, owner of Staged Homes in Seattle, Washington, and Concord, California, and coauthor of Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money (John Wiley & Sons).Give yourself permission to move furniture, artwork and accessories between rooms on a whim.

Even venture into your attic, basement, or storage facility to pull out something you haven’t used in a long, long time. I may just be the piece you’re looking for to give you home some character you didn’t know it had.

Just because you bought that armchair for the living room, for instance, doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t look great anchoring a sitting area in your bedroom. Or try perching that little-used dining room table in front of a window, top it with buffet lamps and other accessories and press it into service as a writing desk or library table. And as for that now-empty dining room? Flank an ottoman or cocktail table with a love-seat and comfy chairs for an instant conversation nook.

“When you move things to new spots, you appreciate them again and give your house a whole new look for nothing,” Schwarz says.

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