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Learn From The Pros: Decorating Dos and Don'ts

by Andrea Doxey July 06, 2020

Learn From The Pros: Decorating Dos and Don'ts

We've all been there - we had BIG plans for our space and then when we go to execute our perfectly 'pinned' vision board something just doesn't add up and it seems to fall flat. There's a lot to be learned from trial and error, but in the interest of saving time and money, we've rounded up the best celebrity designer decorating dos and don'ts to help make your vision come to life!

Timeless Pieces

The Dos


"Prioritize. Invest in big-ticket pieces, like sofas and chairs, that are timeless and transitional. Throw pillows and accessories can be less expensive and serve as a great opportunity to play with trends." - Jeremiah Brent

Keep it Fresh

“Freshen up your pillows and throws each season in main living areas. It can completely change the look of a room without breaking the bank.” -Denise McGaha

Layer Your Accent Pieces

“Layering creates depth and enables visitors to view a vignette as a whole while inviting them to take a closer look. It’s okay if your lampshade covers a bit of your wall decor and if your tabletop accessories or flowers overlap your lamp.”—Jen Going

Mark Sikes - Chocolate Brown & Camel

"This color combination is timeless and classic, but right now it’s feeling modern and luxurious. I’m really into colours, textures, and finishes that provide luxury at home."

The Don'ts

Don't Be Too Precious

"Use and enjoy your antiques and unique finds, especially in a utilitarian room like the bathroom. Keep cotton swabs in a hand-painted tin or sea-grass box; hang art that can survive a splash." Bunny Williams

Don't Go for a Rug That is Too Small

"A high-quality rug isn't cheap — and the bigger you go, the more expensive they become. Because of this, you may be tempted to go for a smaller, more affordable option, even if that means sacrificing design. If that's the case, the best thing you can do is forgo a rug altogether. A rug that is too smalltakes away from the space, although you would hope it adds visual value. If you insist on getting a small rug, it should at least be able to sit under the front legs of your furniture pieces." - Lauren White

Don't Always Follow the Rules

"As for rules I’ve tossed out, I don’t agree that dark wall colors make a room look smaller. It’s just the opposite. I also disagree that you can’t use large furniture in small room. Those two ideas are just straight-up wrong." - Erin Gates

Em Henderson - Hanging Art Correctly

"Art hung the wrong way on a wall is like a character in a movie wearing a really bad wig...it's just kinda hard not to see it, and you wish so bad you could just rip it off, knowing that everything would be so much better without it. It doesn't ruin your experience, but it's just terribly distracting. Try and hang your art at eye-level where possible."

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