Stylish Solutions: 10 Rules for Foolproof Decorating

From the perfect pillow-pairing formula to the ideal curtain-hanging height, these tips and tricks make it easy to style your home.

1. PALETTE MATH:
For a room that looks polished (not chaotic), choose one color for 60 percent of the space, a second color for 30 percent, and an accent color that’s brighter than the others for the remaining 10 percent.
2. CREATE A FINISHED FOYER:
It’s easy to style an entryway—all you need is a spot to sit, a mirror, and a table (or shelf), with a small area rug to define the space.

ottoman

​3. SWITCH UP SHAPES:
If most of the furniture in your living room is boxy, choose a round coffee table, ottoman, or side tables to balance the room’s aesthetic.
4. CHOOSE THE RIGHT COFFEE TABLE:

An ideal coffee table is two-thirds the width of your sofa and a couple of inches lower than the seats (typically 14 to 16 inches from the ground).
5. HANG CURTAINS HIGH: 
Instead of installing them directly above the window, hang curtains between the ceiling and the top of the window, and your room will feel a lot more spacious. (Side note: don’t let the bottoms pool on the ground; they should just graze the floor.)

6. MOUNT A MIRROR: 

Place a mirror across from a sunny window—it will bounce light around the room, making it feel brighter and bigger. The just-right height for hanging it: 60 inches from the floor to the center of the mirror.
mirror

7. ADD AN AREA RUG: 

A rug makes a room warmer and more welcoming, but it should never float in the middle of the floor. Anchor the rug by placing it under at least the front two feet of a chair, sofa, or bed.
8. THROW-PILLOW MATH: 

For a sofa that looks styled, follow this formula: choose two 20-inch square pillows in a matching bold pattern, and place one on each end of the couch. Next, add two 16-inch pillows in a coordinating solid color, overlapping the square pillows. Finish by placing one lumbar pillow in a subtle pattern (like a pinstripe) in the middle.

Photo :  David Prince
9. PLAY WITH PATTERNS:
For no-fail pattern mixing, combine bold, large-scale prints with subtle, smaller-scale prints in complementary colors
10. THINK IN THREES: 

Similar-sized accessories on a shelf or a table look better grouped in odd numbers. Even amounts can feel too uniform and stiff.
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