The 50 Best Decorating Tips of All Time
Sorting socks, reading Infinite Jest, decorating our homes: Some things, simply put, are never finished. In the hopes of helping you decorate savvily for all the rest of your live long days, we went ahead and rounded up the 50 greatest design tips and tricks in our arsenal.
1. Mount curtains high above your windows
The closer to the ceiling, the grander the room will feel.
2. Hang art pieces right at eye level
Aka 57 inches off the ground.
3. Station pretty baskets around the house
Three cheers for strategically placed clutter catchalls.
4. Style decorative objects in odd numbered groupings.
Use the “rule of three,” people.
5. Layer your light sources
Task, ambient and accent: Layers = warmth.
6. Always, always make your bed
Nothing says “I don’t care about my home” quite like a duvet cover crumpled on the floor.
7. Use rugs to separate zones
Voilą: Insta-dining room in your open-concept kitchen.
8. Think of produce as decor
Fruits and veggies in a bowl make a gorgeous centerpiece in a pinch.
9. Decant your dish and hand soap
The presentation is just light-years better looking.
(Image: Courtesy of Homepolish/Design: Helen Bergin/Photography: Joyelle West)
10. Clean your windows regularly
Trust: It makes a world of difference.
11. Edit your countertop decor by 90%
It's the one trick to a pretty kitchen.
12. Make big statements in tiny rooms
Powder/laundry rooms + brazen wallpapers are always a good idea.
13. Pendants should hover roughly 3 feet above surfaces
That goes for islands, bars and dining tables.
14. Use real bowls for your dog bowls
So much prettier.
15. Never place your bed in direct alignment with your door
Big feng shui faux pas (it blasts you with "energy").
16. Fresh flowers, always
And fresh water too (no murky green business, thanks).
17. Add real rugs to utilitarian rooms
Like the kitchen and bathroom—for tons for warmth and character.
18. Test-drive paint samples before committing
You never know what that navy really looks like until you see it in the light at every time of day.
(Image: Courtesy of Homepolish/Design: Kevin Clark/Photography: Daniel Wang)
22. Colorblock your bookshelves
Perfectionista and proud.
23. Karate chop your pillows
Easy luxe vibes (and stress relief, trust).
24. Place furniture 2 inches from your walls
That’s right: "Float" your furnishings to make the room feel breezier.
(Image: Courtesy of Homepolish/Design: Jae Joo/Photography: Julia Robbs)
25. When in doubt, undecorate
Less is so much more when it comes to tchotchkes.
26. Switch up coffee table decor often
It’s the easiest way to make the living room feel fresh again.
27. Never splurge on trends
Treat yourself to inexpensive decor pieces to stay fresh and modern.
28. Only buy what you love
Even if that means deliberating over a bed frame for two years.
29. Fill forlorn corners with plants
They can literally improve your mood.
30. No TV in the bedroom
And if you must, hide it.
31. Remember that everything looks better in a tray
Booze supplies, perfume bottles, you name it.
32. Use the 2:2:1 throw pillow rule
Symmetry makes for the ultimate couch hack.
33. Consider furniture that does double duty
Like garden stools that double as side tables or ottomans that double as coffee tables.
34. Lean your art
Super chic...and no holes to patch up later.
35. Use table skirting to disguise clutter
Or transform your furnishings on the super cheaps.
36. Use outdoor fabrics indoors
They stand up better to kids and pets.
37. Use your coffee table clearance
Psst: There’s room underneath for extra seating.
38. Add a 'hero' piece to your living room
A huge painting, sculpture or mirror lends major design cred.
39. When in doubt, paint it white
Walls, dressers, scuffed baseboards.
(Image: Courtesy of Homepolish/Design: Justin DiPietro; Photography: Claire Esparros)
40. Hang mirrors across from windows
They bounce the light around make rooms feel so much brighter.
41. A rug should never 'float' in a room
Always have furniture legs placed on top to ground it.
42. Add moldings to fake ceiling height
...and make your house look fancier.
43. Leave an element (or two) undone
Always leave something mussed to make a space look warm and lived in.
44. Place a rug between a wood table and a wood floor
To serve as a buffer.
45. Make sure your bed has two entry points
The key to an elegant bedroom—and happy marriage.
46. Add one black object to every room
Every space looks better with a little contrast.
(Image: Courtesy of Homepolish/Design: Talia Laconi; Photography: Tessa Neustadt)
47. Use matte finish paint to brighten a room
It allows for the most even light dispersion.
48. Add at least one antique to every room
New looks best when mixed with old.
49. Invest in professionally framing your art
Note: The mat should always be 1.5 times as wide as your frame.
50. If something doesn’t 'bring you joy,' toss it
Thanks for that one, Marie Kondo.