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7 Game-Changing Style Tricks Designers Swear By

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#1: Hang Art on Your Bookcase

If last year was all about turning your bookshelf into a work of art by organizing books by color and carefully curating your shelves, this year the actual art is taking over. Whether your bookshelf looks a bit lackluster or you’re just looking to add a bit more eye candy to the display, hanging a piece of art from your shelves definitely deserves a spot on your decorating to-do list.

#2: Try a Tree On for Size

Bring a new sense of life to your space with an indoor tree (or two). Available in a range of heights and degrees of bushiness, trees work equally well in lofty rooms, small studio spaces, and everything in between—and they provide the perfect excuse to invest in pretty pots. Our favorite varietals include a Meyer lemon tree, which does best with healthy doses of sunlight; an olive tree, for an unexpected Mediterranean vibe; or the classic fiddle-leaf fig tree.

#3: Seize Personalizing Opportunities

The most interesting homes by far are the ones that tell the story of the life being lived by the owners, so this year consider prioritizing personal over perfect. Photos and favorite bits of ephemera tucked into the frame of a mirror and a quirky collection proudly put on display are just of a few of our favorite ways to add more of you to your rooms. Basically, if it’ll make you happy every time you look at it, find a way to work it in.

#4: Max Out On a Single Motif

The old fashion adage about buying multiples when you find something you love absolutely applies to your home. If a particular pattern or motif makes your heart skip a beat, why limit yourself to a single pillow? Bonus: A repeating motif brings a sense of cohesion and polish to a space; just ask the ever-chic Aerin Lauder. Think coordinating pillows, window treatments, upholstery, wall coverings, and bedding.

#5: Discover the Power of a Pedestal

Pedestals are one of those pieces that we all often overlook—or just plain don’t understand—but decorators use them ALL the time. If you have an unloved corner in need of a little something, a pedestal is a great option. They come in varying heights and styles, which lets you find the one that best suits your space. It’s the easiest way to add instant gravitas to whatever is placed on top, even if it’s just a favorite houseplant.

#6: Opt for Oversize Art

To achieve a look that’s clean and crisp on your walls, swap out the gallery-style approach this year and go for a single statement piece of art. Yes, it’s more of a commitment in terms of both decisiveness and cost, but the impact of an oversize piece is in keeping with its size—in other words, huge.

#7: Try a Limited Palette

If you’re like us, being unsure if certain colors will work with other shades in a room can sometimes stop you from making bold decor moves. It seems counterintuitive, but adding color guardrails can actually free you up to try things like mixing patterns (as long as they’re within your palette they’re fair game), going for a major wall treatment, or choosing a showstopping shade of paint. So this year, spend more time finding a small color scheme you love, and worry less about balancing a rainbow of hues.

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6 Responses to “7 Game-Changing Style Tricks Designers Swear By”

  1. Gabriella Farcais says:

    I have never understood why a person would hang art on a bookcase. What does one do when they need to look at the books behind it? If the books behind it are not used, why have them at all? Or do you take down the piece of art every time? This baffles me. Some decorating ideas just don’t make any sense. I do, however, like your #4 idea – that is lovely.

    • kelspeth says:

      I agree. It’s ridiculous. I get it aesthetically, but… sorry, function trumps form in this case.

  2. Julid says:

    These look like the Addams family house.

  3. lulu says:

    #7’s “limited palette” looks like my college apartment! I count over twenty colors…limited?

  4. Laura says:

    All, very valid and current points! Thanks for the tips :)

  5. Ms.Crowley says:

    I’m sorry, I didn’t care for much of this with the exception of 5 and 6. A painting over the bookshelf is impractical and absurd.

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