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Decorator Marissa Cramer says hanging your drapes close to the ceiling and wider than the window frame is the trick to creating a bigger, taller and airier space.
Photo: Brittany Ambridge
Designer Caitlin Murray spray-paints the silver bases of basic IKEA chairs gold so that they look like brass. Consider using the technique on silver, black and white metal bookcases and lamps for an instant shot of glam.
Nothing says comfort and style like multiple layers under your feet, according to decorator Eric Haydel. In this room, he layered a cowhide over a low-pile patterned carpet.
Photo: Shelly Harrison
A simple way to create depth as well as a fresh, vibrant look with minimum effort is to paint only the backing of built-ins or bookshelves, says decorator Marissa Cramer.
Whether used as a single statement piece or in a small grouping like the four shown here, mirrors lighten and open a lackluster space. Decorator Carisse Lynelle says Target is her secret “luxe for less” source for fab mirrors these days.
Books are the greatest accessories ever, according to designer Leura Spielman. They add warmth to any room. Stack and intermix tomes with fun objects for an instantly polished look.
Never underestimate the design power of old objects such as vintage blueprints, unused doors and frames, such as in this arrangement by Haydel.
Photo: Eric Roth.
Different textures make any interior look more expensive, according to Spielman. Combine sisal, leather, metal, linen and glass to make a simple space seem as if it’s been curated by a professional.
Accent pillows can look high-end but are super easy on your wallet. Designer Carisse Lynelle says they’re a perfect low-risk chance to play around with color and pattern.
The fiddle leaf fig is beloved by design pros--and the magazines that lovingly photograph their work--for its large size, lollipop shape and cheery shade of green. Designer Caitlin Murray suggests adding it or a similar big green plant to inject color into an otherwise mostly neutral palette.
Whether perking up your living room or furnishing a new home, what’s not to love about hiring a professional interior designer? Answer: The hourly rate and the markup on purchases.
Enter Laurel & Wolf, a new online service that redecorates a room for a flat $299. It’s easy: Upload a few pictures of your space and answer a questionnaire about your personal style. Then not one but five designers send you their ideas for furniture, colors and accessories. You have seven days to ask the designers questions and mull over their work before you choose your favorite. Afterward, you’ll get a shopping list and a floor plan for you to DIY. (For an extra fee, you can hire the designer to do it all.)
We love the idea of getting experts’ tips on the cheap, so we asked some of Laurel & Wolf’s top talent for their trade secrets. See their room upgrades here.
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