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Just because your designer of choice lives in another city doesn’t mean you can’t work together. Services like Homepolish and Decorist, among others, make it easy to find decorators across the country, while Allison Harlow of Curio Design Studio uses Skype to work with clients virtually.

To replicate the light, bright and airy look in designer Zim Loy’s Kansas City home, you’ll need lots of white paint. She bought an old $60 table at an estate sale and gave it a fresh new look by the painting the base high-gloss white.

Instead of fighting against rusticity, embracing the natural character of a home can create a natural richness in the space.”My father found artisans to decorate the bathroom in red limestone, a typical Rajasthani material,” Siddharth Kasliwal, heir to India’s famed Munnu the Gem Palace, explained of the former-cowshed-turned-home he inherited from his father. “All the other elements—the brass sink and hardware, the mirror— are vintage or antique.”

Designer Betsy Burnham picked out Turkish runners from Rugs & Art to add instant style to this California home’s hallway. The floor coverings also draw eyes to a Moroccan-inspired reading nook.

It’s exactly what Jenny Cipoletti, founder of fashion, beauty and travel blog Margo & Me, did in her decidedly Parisian office (which is actually in West Hollywood). “Just like when you walk into a cafe in Paris, and you see all the details and the golds, silvers and light blush tones, all of these elements in this space really sing to me,” says Cipoletti. This lets you travel to your favorite destination without stepping outside.

In Josh Groban’s “The Great Comet” dressing room, interior designer Mike Harrison selected this constellation artwork as a clear focal point for the room. “I loved this piece for its dimensions and colors, but also as a tip of the hat to the ‘Comet’ influences that I know were of importance to Josh,” says Harrison. “I was searching for artwork that would tie together all of Josh’s design sensibilities.”

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“Bringing a touch of the Old World into the mix creates a home that will never feel dated,” designer Alex Papachristidis explains of the art-studded Manhattan apartment he designed for a family friend. For example, the silver leaf–and–rock crystal chandelier from Liz O’Brien that he hung in the otherwise modern dining room.

Looking at your home from a holistic perspective—seeing how each room works in balance against the others—can help craft a welcome variety in your spaces, like this emerald and charcoal dining room that adds a touch of formality to an otherwise contemporary Los Angeles home.

A little wallpaper, paint, or a few colorful accents can make such a big difference in your home. You can tackle each of these ideas in one day, even though the results will look like it took so much longer to pull off.

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“Everything in this room has a story,” designer Podge Bune says of her Hamptons living room. “The easy chair is covered in my old dining room curtains, a Designers Guild fabric they no longer make.” An easier way to achieve this: Buy a slipcover!

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Designer Kelie Grosso opted for open shelving in this kitchen, which allows for fast and easy decor changes. Blue accents stand out against a neutral palette.

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Allowing unique items to dictate some design decisions can lead to unexpectedly beautiful results. On the hallways leading into this Art Deco Chicago apartment, dramatic doors and paneling were inspired by a special stack of uncommon lumber. “There was a guy out in Oregon who had a barn full of exotic wood and everything was marked ‘NFS,’ as in Not For Sale,” architect Phillip Liederbach recalls with a laugh. “It gave us a responsibility to elevate it. We obsessed over it.”

When Lee Cavanaugh and Sarah DePalo of Cullman & Kravis make their yearly trip to the Paris flea, they send finds home in a group container to keep costs down.

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Designer Ken Fulk keeps the bedding playful in the bedroom of his Massachusetts vacation house. “The mix-and-match nature of the patterns and faded batik prints make it feel like it’s a collection of old textiles brought back from a journey at sea,” he says.

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Just because the back of these shelves are tucked into the walls, doesn’t mean they can’t make a dramatic difference when painted a bold orange (which designer Kay Douglass knew all too well).

To switch up a room’s vibe, designer Ashley Whittaker recommends replacing one piece of furniture in an otherwise totally traditional living room with something super modern (it can be from another room in your home) — like this acrylic coffee table.

Designer Alex Hitz admits the huge portrait of his close friend (the late Nan Kempner) is a bit “ridiculous,” but fun. This placement adds interesting texture when in a spot you don’t usually see paintings hanging.

“You mix things up with old and new,” suggests textiles and interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland, as she did in the living room of her Santa Monica home; a room where the furnishings include 17th-century French chairs, an 18th-century Mexican console, and a cocktail table from her furniture line.

Soft colors give this Savanah, Georgia kitchen, designed by Mary Jo Bochner, a calming presence, which allows accessories to stand out. Reorganize your bookshelf by color to add a pop in the corner of your room.

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A Seattle couple’s comfortably quaint 650-square-foot Vashon Island getaway serves up slipcovered, salt-weathered charm.

Instead of meshing a color scheme with a sense of place, designer Irakli Zaria used rich gold and turquoise as an antidote to gloomy London days in this chic pied-a-terre. “In a place where there are such cloudy skies, it makes no sense to have a gray interior,” he said.

It’s easy to gravitate toward the usual suspects like wood and leather when trying to craft a textured living space, but branch outside of your comfort zone. Emilie Munroe of Studio Munroe recommends drawing from your own personal style, especially the articles of clothing and patterns you’re attracted to.

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This bathroom is so small that designer Krista Ewart knew it would be too much to cover the entire room — but a small section of Albert Hadley paper makes a statement and is much faster from start to finish.

Rather than art, a high-impact wallpaper can give a subdued room some wow-factor. The 19th century wallcovering from this luxe Milan apartment was purchased at auction in France and adapted to the room. “We created the missing parts, the plinth and the ceiling frame, to depict an Italian capriccio, a fantastical and bucolic landscape with architectural features,” Laura Sartori Rimini of Studio Peregalli says.

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Swap out your formal chairs (in this case, bright blue and green ones) for a few rustic metal ones. Designer Ramsay Gourd did this to create a more casual atmosphere in the dining room.

In the living room of an Atlanta house by designer Beth Webb, an elm plank table from Clubcu doubles as a dining table and a display for a collection of Chinese porcelains. “The pieces don’t have to match, but they do have to play together well,” she says.

If Chip and Joanna Gaines have convinced you that your abode needs shiplap, you’re usually best off installing the boards horizontally rather than vertically. “It can really expand a space, making it feel larger than vertical boards can,” says Jason Arnold. “Horizontal boards also feel more contemporary.” Vertical boards, however, can be ideal for rooms with high ceilings.

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Seasoned with coastal character, this historic home packs ample seaside charm into its tiny (sandy) footprint.

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Can you imagine how simple this bathroom looked before it had a bright blue floor? The quick change by designer Kari McCabe allows the tub to take center stage and makes us want to soak in there all day long.

You don’t need to go bright in order to create visual impact in a room. “[My wife] wanted to dial it back into her aesthetic, away from the color,” says David Kaihoi of the 400-square foot New York studio he renovated for his family. “I agreed, but suggested we do that with texture and pattern.”

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Faux fur has quickly become a luxurious way to add a bit of depth and variety to a space. “When we use faux fur, we’re looking for some really luscious texture in the room,” says Erin Gates. “If you look at a space and everything is neat, tidy and clean, you want something that’s sumptuous and cozy. It’ll really elevate the space.”

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This is not the time for e-shopping, people. “It’s just so hard to tell on a computer screen what the color really looks like,” Arnold says. “You might think it looks red, but in reality, it’s watermelon pink.” Not to mention the texture of the rug may be totally different than what you were expecting.

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To soften the modern edge of stainless steel, decorator Alisa Bloom put a traditional spin on the kitchen cabinetry of her 1920s Chicago penthouse with brass inlays. With the help of a local hardware maker, she even designed her own hinges and drawer pulls. “I would never go into a store and just buy something,” she says. “It’s all about the process and the hunt.”

Sure, your eyes may want the most modern, chic couch in the showroom. But your back may not. “In my experience, it’s really better to test out seating and take the time to look at the dimensions,” says Sharon Blaustein. If you’re tall, for instance, you might want to opt for a depth of between 40 to 42 inches for a sofa (rather than the standard depth of 36 inches).

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Allow your space to continuously change—as your life does. “Remember that your home should always be evolving, just as you are,” says Kelly Framel, creative director, stylist and founder of online magazine The Glamourai. “I am constantly picking up new treasures on my travels. Your nest should always be a place of comfort and inspiration, and it’s a constant work in progress.”

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Instead of hanging a painting on a bare wall, accent it with a rich, velvet curtain background. “Curtains just create a great, calming energy in which you feel very shrouded and comforted, making for a luxurious and restful environment,” says Framel. “And being able to put a really great pop of artwork in front of that textural colored backdrop has a lot of impact.”

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To avoid being locked into a single style, lighting designer Lindsey Adelman switches up the fixtures in her Park Slope home on a regular basis. “It’s part of my creative process,” she explains, “I love to see things in context, in real life—to live with them.”

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Instead of tossing that random roll of wallpaper, use it to give your window treatments some color. Designer Zim Loy used Pierre Frey’s Espalier to wallpaper the vinyl shades in her guest bedroom, but to speed up the project, use stick-on paper.

“I love to see the layers of time and renovations,” says California-based interior designer Patrick Printy. “To me, it deepens the effect.” Achieving a sense of harmony that feels organic is key.

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Looking beyond the traditional with wallcoverings can create a truly standout design presence. “I do think I might have scared [architect Ken Linsteadt] a little bit when I announced I was planning to install two levels of green floral fabric on the walls of the grand salon,” says Ken Fulk of his Sonoma Valley lakeside retreat, yet the fabric gives the high walls a richness that wallpaper alone might not have achieved.

Make what’s old new again by invigorating antique pieces with colorful fabric from the 21st century. Take, for example, the two 18th-century French bergère chairs here, upholstered in a hot pink Maharam fabric. “Maharam is a very modern, contemporary fabric company, with velvets that are really bright in color,” says Bikoff. “That color was such a pop of freshness and youthfulness on these old chairs.”

Want to make a variety of bright colors cohesive? Think about how you would arrange a flower bouquet, as Sasha Bikoff did in this SoHo apartment. “The same can apply to a space, but you need to find a connection,” she says. “Here, that connection is the fabric on the dining room chairs, which showcases colors also found throughout the room.”

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When renovating a building that already has plenty of character, like this 1920s Spanish Colonial home in Los Angeles, it’s all about striking the balance between what you add and what you leave. “We wanted to make it feel more holistic while still honoring its heritage,” designer Steven Johanknecht says of the decision to keep the original hand-carved ceiling beams and wrought-iron chandeliers while removing mismatched materials from previous renovations.

Art director Vivia Horn’s zen upstate New York home makes use of an unexpected gift to give her traditional kitchen a dose of fun. This breakfast table made of a refurbished hibachi—a present from the late wrestler and Benihana restaurateur Rocky Aoki.

The guest bath in Fulk’s vacation home feels authentic to the period of the house, but also clean and modern. However, a vintage barrel adds a ton of personality in the space.

Before this red and white patterned tablecloth hit the table, this room was quite traditional. But with designer T. Keller Donovan’s touch, it becomes an eclectic room with tons of personality. (And fun fact: That tablecloth matches the custom Thibaut furnishings in the adjacent sitting area.)

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Jonathan Scott, home design expert and brand ambassador for Stearns & Foster, recommends owning two sheet and comforter sets, so you can swap them out by the season. “In winter, you want warm and inviting bedding, like faux fur and bulky blankets,” he says.

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“Floating furniture away from the walls creates more intimate seating,” Burnham says. That means all you have to do is shift your furnishings a few inches to totally transform the vibe in a room — as seen in this California home.

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For the entrance hall of this Pennsylvania farmhouse, designer Jeffrey Bilhuber opted for a curtain instead of a door. The deep yellow fabric pops agains the regal blue wall color and adds rich texture to the space.

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“A lot of people love the idea of really simple, modern living—it’s appealing, it’s nice and it seems serene,” says Erika Yeaman, a Homepolish designer and owner of YES Associates. “But the reality of maintaining that is a little tricker. Mixing Scandinavian design with bohemian style warms it up and makes it feel more homey and attainable.”

Kate Reynolds, co-owner of Studio Four NYC, believes in pairing big-ticket items with budget finds. “I think a room balances out better when you have different levels of price and craftsmanship,” she says. “It helps you notice the statement piece more.”

Half of the wall means half of the time, right? Here, gray creeps up to the middle, while the rest remains white, creating a subtle, yet super stylish, statement.

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Enhance the natural beauty of your home with sea-themed accents, crisp whites, and splashes of bold color.

In this case, designer Gideon Mendelson added a bright yellow throw and fresh flowers to flip an otherwise tame, blue-and-white color scheme on its head.

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Designer Zim Loy discovered Hackerware on eBay: “There’s tons of it, and it’s so cheap!” She started collecting it for her dining room, then covered the whole wall with plates to create the same effect as one big piece of art.

The best way to balance out sleek lines and contemporary furniture is by adding a few unique natural elements, from drift wood to greenery. “I don’t like to look around a house and not see touches from the outdoors,” interior designer Tamara Magel says.

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Employ area rugs to become softer hardwood floors. Throw area rugs give warmth and may add great texture, shade and personality to your own living space. Hardwood floor surfaces are beautiful and effortless to keep but they general shortage the comfort that carpeted floors offer, particularly within the cooler months. Location rugs can also put fun and functionality in order to your liveable space . Use various of varying patterns and even fabrics together to display your character. Or include several rugs of the particular identical pattern and material , or different textures yet the same color. Typically the possibilities are endless. An individual can change your place rugs to reflect the particular seasons using warmer shades and fabrics for chiller months and lighter types for the warmer instances of the year. Presently there are many lovely 100 % cotton , washable area rugs which usually are perfect for those properties with children. There definitely is no reason exactly why a house with young youngsters cannot become an elegant one.

Add a suspending pot holder to your own kitchen. Kitchens are designed to be warm in addition to inviting. We spend significantly of our time throughout them whether it become for preparing meals, helping meals or entertaining. Some sort of hanging pot rack is advantageous elegance. Kitchens are designed to feel as although they are in continuous use and a suspending pot rack certainly can make one feel this method . In addition to searching so wonderful, (there are extensive sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space beneath has become freed up to be able to store other items. Almost never has anyone complained involving having too much storage area.

Change your workout. Mix way up patterns and textures. Combine up old and fresh , expensive and cheap. There`s nothing wrong with putting family heirlooms alongside your current modern couch. Great insides decorators will tell an individual that one of typically the most important aspect to be able to decorating your house is that this reflects who you are usually , your personality and your own style. A vintage Chippendale workplace that was your grandfather`s tells a story. That tells the story associated with your past. The modern day couch you became adoringly obsessed with and just had to purchase likewise tells a story, your existing story, and there is definitely no reason the offer and past can`t co-exist beautifully together. A similar may be said for skill. You might not need to place an art work by Salvador Dali on a single wall next to some sort of Monet, but there`s not any reason why they cannot become in the same area together. With fabrics regardless of whether it be furniture, carpets or pillows, varied colours and patterns would bring warmness and texture into the lifestyle space.

Coloring or wallpaper your bookcases. This instant pop regarding color will brighten in addition to re-energize any room! It can amazing how something thus simple as a layer of colorful paint can easily instantly energize and convert your space. This integrated bookcase would be easy and ordinary minus the brilliant blue interior. Possibly the easiest and most inexpensive approach to transform a boring area is always to apply a layer of paint somewhere unpredicted . Bookcases are an perfect place to start since you don`t need to coloring a large area. Additional fun places to incorporate some sort of pop of color consist of painting fireplace mantels, the particular insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.

Living green . Add plants to be able to your liveable space . Add these people to every room, smaller or large, few or even many. Plants could be an economical means to accessorizing the space and adding shade and texture. Not just are plants beautiful although many can clean family air and balance dampness . They can absorb contaminants and remove harmful fumes from the air. Zero home should be with out these wonderful greens!

No matter if you`ve just moved and looking for a fast , little home pick-me-up, or even perhaps something better, presently there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers use that you simply too can effortlessly do with minimal energy and cost. Sometimes the particular smallest things associated with very best impact. It could get digging in a hand mirror , a painting, a light fixture or even a vegetable. You want to make softer your walls, brighten some sort of room, or increase warmness to your living area. Have a look at these clever design and style as well as observe how they can encourage you!

Paint smaller bedrooms in softer, lighter colours to make the room sense larger. The living place above is a wonderful sort of how to be able to maximize a small livable space . A room of this specific size provides the tendency to be able to seem cramped, however the significant windows, light colored wall surfaces and ample usage of showcases not only reflect the particular natural light pouring throughout from your doors and the particular windows nevertheless the use involving mirrors also provides optic illusion of space, producing the room seem greater than it actually will be . Conversely, darker colors can make a room sense smaller. Even with the particular abundance of natural light-weight and the strategic saving of the mirrors, this specific room in a deeper shade might have an even more boxed-in feel with it.

Make use of what you already possess to decorate. Many of us include items in our control , probably packed up throughout boxes somewhere and have not given them a 2nd glance. Your property needs a few accessories. Rather than running in order to the store, take some sort of good look at everything you already have. Trays, wood made , acrylic, metal or sterling silver can be on leading of luggage racks, teas carts, trunks, bedside dining tables and coffee tables regarding extra texture and dimensions . Arrange candles on all of them , frames or pile textbooks on top of all of them . Plates can be strung to create wonderful wall membrane art. Art from kids books can be presented and hung in nurseries, children`s rooms or their own bathrooms. You will end up being amazed at your talent with what you previously have!

Wicker baskets. Straw-plaited baskets are an cost-effective and elegant method to put storage to any area . Baskets can be applied to store and exhibit books, architectural and interior decoration magazines, toys, towels plus blankets to name some sort of few. Place a few smaller wicker baskets for the counter-tops in your kitchen in order to beautifully display and shop your fruit and veggies.

Slip into a thing a bit more comfortable!. Slip includes frequently get an awful rap but they are usually truly wonderful things. They will can act as a methods of changing your furniture`s look to reflect typically the seasons. These easily taken away coverings improve a superior look without constantly having to worry about people dirtying or even spilling on your pieces of furniture . Slip covers are best for rooms used usually by children. Over some sort of white slip-covered couches provides air of an informal , comfortable, easy yet superior elegance.

Employ decorative mirrors to include immediate light to your livable space . As seen above, mirror may also be used to make some sort of small space feel greater . For larger rooms, or even any room with a new more limited amount involving natural light, mirrors located directly across in the house windows , will add instant lighting . Decorative mirrors may also be used within lieu of art to be able to fill empty wall area . Large or small, wall mirrors add light and sizing to your living area.

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