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Is your dining room outdated? Maybe you have wallpaper that hasn’t been replaced in years, old or mismatched furniture, or poor lighting. If that’s the case, it’s time to give your dining room a complete makeover! Because it’s a place for families to congregate on a daily basis, dining rooms should be warm, inviting, and aesthetically pleasing — and this can make it a major selling point for your home.

The dining room below has not only obviously fallen victim to clutter buildup, but it appears to be outdated and poorly lit.

sendak after

When we staged this home (belonging to famous author Maurice Sendak, who wrote the acclaimed children’s book Where the Wild Things Are), we saw a need for new furniture, neutral walls, balance, and focal points. We got rid of all clutter and added updated furniture and lighting fixtures, plants, a patterned rug, and wall art.

Here’s the after:

Sendak beforePhoto Credit: Cathy Hobbs. Room staged by Cathy Hobbs.

When you’re staging your home, don’t be afraid to paint, replace, or add furnishings if necessary! You may have to invest a little now, but staging your home the right way can lead to higher offers and quicker sales.

Want to learn more about home staging? Check out one of my Home Staging Classes. The next classes take place on February 28th in Boston, MA, and on March 14th at Greenville Technical College in South Carolina!

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