Decorating 1617 Ideabooks

7 Great Places for a Hammered Metal Finish
Unlike the cool, smooth finishes of brushed stainless steel and nickel that have dominated for the past decade or so, hammered metal has been in steady demand since ancient times. In addition to artistic beauty, hammered finishes also tend to be more...
Room of the Day: A Wine Country Entry Worth Lingering In
When offered the chance to participate in a decorators’ showcase, many interior designers fight to win the so-called trophy rooms, such as the living room, dining room or main bedroom. But when Kathy...
Catch the Wave of Decorating With Vintage Swimsuits
Until recently, old swimwear was usually found in attics or flea markets; but people across America are rediscovering the forgotten charm of bathing suits designed to leave almost everything to the imagination. Interior designers and homeowners are framing...
New Reasons to Love and Decorate With Yellow
Do you love yellow or hate it? Most people would probably answer, “A little bit of both.” Yellow has always been a color full of contradictions. In Chinese culture, it is the color of nobility. The Greek gods are depicted with golden hair....
Single Design Moves That Make the Whole Bedroom
I’ve been browsing the bedrooms on Houzz looking for rooms where one thing — one imaginative stroke — makes all the difference in the design. It might be an accessory, a paint color or a piece of furniture. But if that one thing weren’t...
Room of the Day: Elegant Transitional Style in a Traditional Setting
You’ll find lots of traditional architecture in New England, says Boston interior designer Leslie Fine. But that doesn’t mean you have to decorate in a traditional manner....
The Transformative Power of Ceiling Trim
We often overlook the ceiling as a place to trim, most likely because we tend to think of the ceiling as something out of sight as we focus on the surfaces directly ahead of us: the walls. But adding some trim to a ceiling can provide a whole new dimension...
Paint Color Ideas: 8 Uplifting Ways With Yellow and Green
After experiencing a peculiar weather phenomenon the other night that can best be described as “thunder-sleet,” I’m more than ready for spring to arrive. In fact, I’m already thinking of how I can pull my home from the darkness of winter and give...
Nature’s Color Wisdom: Lessons on Pink From the Great Outdoors
From the serenity of a pink morning sky over the ocean to market-fresh rhubarb and French breakfast radishes, there’s a pink for every mood and personality. It’s true that pink can sometimes get a bad rap — cotton candy and princess...
Room of the Day: Antiques Help a Dining Room Grow Up
It’s hard to believe that this dining room once “looked like a satellite store for Toys ‘R’ Us,” says interior designer Jules Duffy. “I had to tell my clients that they...
Inside Houzz: Starting From Scratch in a Manhattan Apartment
David Schiff just wanted to start over. After 10 years of accumulating furniture and accessories since college, he didn’t feel like the collected arrangement fit with his lifestyle as a globe-trotting, New York City–based management consultant...
15 Creative Touches to Perk Up the Bathroom
All hard surfaces and fixtures, the bathroom is often the blandest room in the house, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Because it’s usually small, the bathroom is actually quite easy to spice up — a splash...
Accent a Room With Colorful Trim
Picasso once asked why two colors sang if you put them next to each other. I’m not sure I know the answer. But I do know that colors can make beautiful music together when you play them off one another. This is especially true if you abandon...
Simple Pleasures: Treat Yourself to Cut Flowers
Whether scooped up by the armful at the farmer’s market, snipped from the garden or disassembled from a grocery store bouquet, cut flowers can bring life and beauty to a living space, and lift the spirits. If you don’t usually treat yourself to flowers,...
The Beauty of Contrast: Modern Art in Traditional Rooms
Whatever your taste in decoration, an element of visual contrast is a great way to make your home more interesting and personal. Something oppositional or unexpected awakens the senses. There are many ways to introduce...
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