Every Room Should Have a Pop of Color
A monochromatic palette might bore you. And it stands to reason that a burst of color would really spice things up. Instead of doing something dramatic, though, think about adding visual interest, not through color, but through the liberal use of different textures and materials. See how this hammered tabletop and the furniture's natural woven fabrics manage to bring depth to an otherwise neutral living room?
Dining Chairs Should Match
Keep Small Spaces Simple
Even small furniture can suffocate a small room, if you fill the space with too many different pieces. Rather than go overboard, opt instead for only one or two larger pieces. Doing so can actually help you achieve a greater feeling of spaciousness. When it comes to color, a little goes a long way. Experiment with dark or bold shades to make a strong statement that stops short of being overwhelming.
Ceilings Should Be White
One Pattern Per Room
Every _____ room needs a _____.
Window Treatments Are for Windows
Wallpaper Is for Walls
Test Drive Big Decisions
Whichever rules you break, here's one to live by. Repainting the living room? First, test small areas and live with the colors for at least two days before committing. Note how the tone of the color changes in morning sunshine and evening shadows. You can also do this for other decorative introductions, such as window treatments and rugs. That way, you can be sure not to regret your next redesign.
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