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1. When you think neutrals, don't just think beige. Think white, cream, grey, black, navy, brown, and even yellow.
Rather than choosing just one as your starting point, what if you used more than one to create a multi-dimensional base of furnishings, finishes & fixed elements and then layered in some accent colours?
I think you'll find that neutrals can play well together and you don't have to feel restricted by using only one.
2. I love it - for you, not for me. How many times have we said this to a friend while shopping?
We like something, we think it's cool, interesting, different and exciting. But, it couldn't possibly be right for us. Um, why not?
Ask yourself why you're limiting yourself and your homes potential with this type of thinking. What's the worst that could come from taking a leap and trying something out of the ordinary in your decorating? Even if your answer to that question is scary, I say it's time to try it anyway!
3. Rethink white trim. While It does have a certain crispness to it that is awfully appealing, somewhere along the line, we all got it into our heads that it's the only option.
Not so, my friends.
More and more I find myself returning to the classic look of trim & walls painted out in the same colour. It's timeless and exudes a certain level of elegance.
4. Feeling hungry for something out of the ordinary in the gallery wall department?
Sometimes when you feel like you've seen it all, the simplest adjustment can make the whole idea new again!
Try creating an angled gallery wall somewhere unexpected, like on the angled wall space below your stairs, or in line with angled ceilings.
5. Don't be afraid to make a bold statement! The whole school of thought that says "small pieces for small spaces" couldn't be more wrong.
By cleverly furnishing your small space with large-scale furnishings, you give the illusion that it's bigger and deserving of those full-sized pieces.
We all know that one fabulous way to achieve the look of more space is with mirrors. But, don't stop there… Make your mirror do double duty!
An over-sized mirror, like this one, functions as a sculptural focal point, while giving the illusion of more space.
Leave it room to breath. If you're mounting this baby on your wall, let it stand alone.
6. I'm a big believer in the "nothing is better than something mediocre" mentality.
What we choose to surround ourselves with is a mighty powerful thing. Everything from your sofa, down to your coasters should make you smile.
Even functional items need not be boring, average or "meh", especially when fun & interesting alternatives exist.
7. Use your "stuff" to make a style statement.
Things like records, tapes, CD's, magazines & books need not be tucked away.
Instead, put them on display.
They help tell your story throughout your home.
They shed light on your interests, your taste and even your guilty pleasures.
8. Why do we think that pendant lights only belong over dining tables, islands & counter tops?
As pictured, this homeowner ran a vintage pendant from the wall to the ceiling on a cord. There are oodles pendants that come with designer cords these days too, making this a perfect option for homes that aren't hardwired for overhead lighting.
But, why not take it step further?
Hang two pendants on either side of your bathroom mirror in place of sconces. Hang one over your coffee table for an intimate glow. Hang them nice and low, over your bed, desk & entryway console table.
9. You really can't go wrong when you outfit your home with white (or neutral) walls, wood floors & some sexy wood furnishings.
Because, with a space like that, you're free to explore colour, texture & pattern and make a big statement without the fear of "messing up".
There's no worrying about "will this match that". Everything goes with white & wood.
10. The trick to bold decorating? Small doses.
Bathrooms and powder rooms are the perfect places to go a bit crazy with bold colour & pattern.
You can afford to get a little nuts because you spend so little time in these areas, compared to your other living spaces.