Create an inviting living space using earthy elements (a jute rug, rattan rocker, terra cotta pots) and plants galore. Even in a small space, a dark paint color can make the space feel cozy and inviting. Here, the mossy green shade gives the space extra dimension and pairs well with the light wood tone of much of the furniture.
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Try a twist on traditional chair rail by installing a chevron pattern like they’ve done here and opting for a strong hue. The punchy paint color is energizing and perfect for a breakfast nook or creative space. Keeping everything else in the room relatively monochromatic tones down the vibrancy while still giving the space tons of character.
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Don’t think you need to hang everything on your walls at eye level. In this dedicated kid zone, high ledges offer an unexpected spot to display artwork—leaving the chalkboard walls and bulletin boards accessible for use. The quirky configuration leaves plenty of room for creativity.
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Rather than hanging an arrangement of art on a large, bare wall, consider mirrors instead. They will reflect light and give the illusion of even more space. Pairing multiple mirrors with sculptural sconces gives the wall extra dimension. Keep the base of the lowest mirrors 8- to 10-inches above the back of the sofa to keep everything cohesive.
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Do the Math
Follow this formula when decorating a small space (or corner): pair an airy, open-back chair with a small table and an irregularly shaped rug to make the spot seem less boxy and confined. Use a mix of styles for an intentionally eclectic look.
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Rather than placing a console table to one side of the entryway, choose a round one for the center of the foyer that leaves plenty of room to walk around either side instead. This one is actually a dining table, but set up without chairs, it’s the perfect height for this space. Anchor it with a bold stripe rug and some decorative catchalls to complete the welcoming look.
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Mix it Up
Don’t shy away from bright colors—even in winter. Start small by adding a vibrant throw pillow alongside a patterned one in a more subdued hue to tone down the initial impact. If you do go all in with a bold color sofa, let it be the star of your space and keep the accent furniture finishes consistent.
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Layer, Layer, Layer
In a large space, use multiple rugs to define the conversation area. Here, a large flat weave is topped with a chunky knotted carpet set at an angle to cover even more surface area. A trio of globe lights hung at different levels creates a casual pseudo-chandelier to finish it off. Bonus: Not enough wall space for a bookshelf? Put those tomes to work by stacking a handful beside the sofa as a makeshift side table.
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