"But they came as a set!"
What do you do if you purchased a matching set of furniture? Maybe you have the sofa AND the loveseat AND the matching chairs AND...... You get the picture. All in the same room? Yawn.
Breaking up is easy to do
If you have a suite of furniture that’s all matching, consider breaking it up. Luxury model homes like the Toll Brothers, do this all the time. You’ll see the sofa in the family room, and the matching loveseat in the master bedroom, and maybe the matching chair in yet another room. It gives your rooms visual continuity, without being so matchy-matchy in all the same room. Change things up!
Take it one step further and find new homes for some of your dining room chairs. Perhaps you need a pair of chairs for your office (pictured). Or try a chair or two in the guest room. Again, you'll have visual continuity and your home will look more "designed".
Tools of the Trade
If you’d like some tools to make this easier, I recommend the Super Slider movers, readily available at Target and online at Amazon. You slip them under the furniture legs to make moving much easier. If you have hard wood floors, they even have Super Sliders with little slip-on type socks that go over the sliders so you protect your wood floors.
If you’d like to play with various arrangements before you start moving furniture, go online and look for ICOVIA software. It’s free, and you input the room’s dimensions, and your furniture dimensions, and you can play with various arrangements on your iPad or computer first, before you start moving furniture. See? It's easy.
Oooh, your home is so beautiful
That's the secret. Break up those matching sets. Sprinkle them around your home, and viola! You have no more matchy-matchy-I-had-to-buy-the-whole-suite. Instead you have a lovely, "designed" home with visual continuity. Pat yourself on the back. See? You really can be your own designer.