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9 Celebrity Designers Spill Their Small but Mighty Decorating Tricks

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Here on the Style Guide, we regularly bring you inspiration by way of the most stylish interiors, and of course as a retailer, we’ve got more beautiful furniture and decor pieces to offer than you’ll ever need. But we felt there was one piece of the puzzle missing: online personalized design help. So we teamed up with online interior design platform Decorist to help you bring your decorating dreams to life. Decorist’s team of ultratalented designers are here to take the guesswork out of your home decor purchases with a complete design package personalized to fit your style and budget. Curious how it works? Head here to get your online interior design project started.

We also tapped Decorist’s roster of celebrity designers—who’ve been acclaimed by the likes of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and House Beautiful—for a few tips to help you improve your home today. We asked, “What’s one small decorating change that can have a major impact?” Read on for a few tried-and-true designer tricks for upgrading your interiors in a flash.

Brian Paquette

Photo courtesy of Brian Paquette; photo by Haris Kenjar

Photo courtesy of Brian Paquette; photo by Haris Kenjar

Pro Tip: Consider Scale

“When decorating small spaces, scale is important… to mess with,” advises interior designer Brian Paquette of Brian Paquette Interiors. “Forgo the need to fill the space with everything you think need and focus on comfort and usage—a real dining table you can spread out on, a sofa rather than a love seat, comfortable accent seating, and plenty of lighting options. And go big with your art; it makes a big statement and doesn’t have to break the bank.”

Browse Brian Paquette’s portfolio on Decorist →

 

Scot Meacham Wood

Photo courtesy of Scot Meacham Wood; photo by Thayer Allison Gowdy
 

Photo courtesy of Scot Meacham Wood; photo by Thayer Allison Gowdy

 

Pro Tip: Mix Materials

“One of the most important aspects of any design project is the interaction between the various elements in the project,” interior designer Scot Meacham Wood tells us. “For the team here at Scot Meacham Wood Design, we always strive to create interest with our textile choices, more than just by mixing patterns—we love to create an exciting mix of textiles themselves. By layering leather with silk, or wool with linen, you can keep your rooms exciting and engaging.”

Browse Scot Meacham Wood’s portfolio on Decorist →

Kendall Wilkinson

Photo courtesy of Kendall Wilkinson; photo by Paul Dyer

Photo courtesy of Kendall Wilkinson; photo by Paul Dyer

Pro Tip: Move Toward Minimalism

“There has been a tendency in the past to overfill spaces; now we tend to design to the idea that less is more,” says interior designer Kendall Wilkinson of Kendall Wilkinson Design. “The items we use in our interiors are compelling and well curated and generally need to work hard in the space. Coco Chanel famously said that women, once dressed, should remove one accessory. I think that’s true for rooms as well.”

Browse Kendall Wilkinson’s portfolio on Decorist →

Massucco Warner Miller

Photo courtesy of Massucco Warner Miller; photo by Grey Crawford

Photo courtesy of Massucco Warner Miller; photo by Grey Crawford

Pro Tip: Jazz Up Your Ceiling

“Colored ceiling fixtures add an unexpected pop to any room,” interior designers Julie Massucco Kleiner and Melissa Warner Rothblum of Massucco Warner Miller tell us. “Sometimes it’s the piece that can tie the whole room together, and other times it can mirror a color on the floor, but it’s always a hit!”

Browse Massucco Warner Miller’s portfolio on Decorist →

Chloe Redmond Warner

Photo courtesy of Redmond Aldrich Design; photo by Matthew Millman

Photo courtesy of Redmond Aldrich Design; photo by Matthew Millman

Pro Tip: Paint Your Walls

“Paint! This is total low-hanging fruit, but color has a huge impact on the look and feel of a room,” says Chloe Redmond Warner of Redmond Aldrich Design. “For an instantly more sophisticated feeling, try painting walls a dark shade such as Farrow & Ball London Stone or a mysterious blue like C2 Espionage. It will make white pieces feel sculptural, and these two options set off almost any color or pattern. For even less commitment, paint a piece of furniture with a few different shades in the same family.”

Browse Redmond Aldrich’s portfolio on Decorist →

Celerie Kemble

Photo courtesy of Celerie Kemble; photo by Patrick Cline

Photo courtesy of Celerie Kemble; photo by Patrick Cline

Pro Tip: Find Strength in Collections

“A small decorating objective that can have major impact in a room is the use of dimensional art, assemblages, or collections that add interest and sentiment and break the expectation of the ubiquitous rectangular form on a wall,” advises interior designer Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors. “For example, we have hung sprays of oyster plates and a collection of vintage tie forms, and put just about everything a bracket can hold on wall brackets—corals, vases, vintage toys, relics, etc.”

Browse Celerie Kemble’s portfolio on Decorist →

Allison Bloom

Photo courtesy of Allison Bloom Design; photo by Bess Friday

Photo courtesy of Allison Bloom Design; photo by Bess Friday

Pro Tip: Paint Pattern

“Use paint to create a sense of texture and pattern,” interior designer Allison Bloom of Dehn Bloom recommends. “In a room that feels flat due to lots of similar, solid surfaces or narrow dimensions, paint is your strongest ally. Paint is inexpensive and makes a quick transformation. The key is to think creatively. Create a pattern through stencils, or hire a local artist to help execute your vision.”

Browse Allison Bloom’s portfolio on Decorist →

Palmer Weiss

Photo courtesy of Palmer Weiss; photo by Matthew Millman

Photo courtesy of Palmer Weiss; photo by Matthew Millman

Pro Tip: Don’t Overlook Your Trim

“When painting, don’t forget the trim! If you are wallpapering, match the ground in the paper for a more unified look, or pop an accent color for something bolder,” says interior designer Palmer Weiss of Palmer Weiss Interior Design. “Or paint an entire room, base to crown, in the same color and sheen for a chic European flair. Attention to the trim immediately elevates the entire look of a space and says clearly ‘A pro was here!’”

Browse Palmer Weiss’s portfolio on Decorist →

Will Wick

Photo courtesy of Wick Design

Photo courtesy of Wick Design

Pro Tip: Change Your Floor Plan

“Don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture,” advises interior designer Will Wick of Wick Design. “Every couple of years, my wife, Jen, and I tear apart our house and completely change our furniture layout and art placement. It’s like moving into a new house.”

Browse Will Wick’s portfolio on Decorist →

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