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Resolution 6: I will try at least one idea from the inspiration photos I’ve saved. You’ve been compiling Houzz ideabooks, putting bookmarks in design books and ripping photos out of magazines for years. These aren’t just for some fantasy house or far-off date. Take one simple idea and implement it, whether it’s rearranging some shelves, putting together a proper bar cart, displaying your jewelry in a new way, corraling coffee table objects on a tray, setting up a different centerpiece and tablescape, trying a new color or having that tattered Oriental rug in the attic upholstered onto an ottoman. Who knows what accomplishing one small design task will lead to? You may wind up trying a new one every weekend. Share: If you try something new inspired by an image you’ve saved, please snap a photo and tell us what you’ve done. We’d love to see what you’re up to around the house in 2017!More8 Life-Enhancing Home Resolutions for the New YearSlow Down and Ease Up: A Sanity-Saving Approach to Life
Blend beige with blues. With the warmth of brown and the coolness of white, beige is quite a docile neutral that borrows cool or warm tones from surrounding colors, so you don’t have to stick to warmer colors to tease out its subtleties. Inky blues, rich amethyst and peacock turquoises are up-to-the-minute colors that add instant luxury.
2. Vary levels. When making mantel magic, it’s all about scale. Pull together an artful array of framed photographs and decorative objects of various heights. For a cool and modern look, stick to no more than three colors.
Rearrange your mantel. As with shelves, there are no rules for arranging the mantel. In fact, I was just thinking that a lot of designers tell me that grouping things in odd numbers is best. Then I looked at the photo I’d chosen as a favorite mantel and realized everything is grouped in even numbers (two candlesticks, two framed photos, four vases). So rules — throw them out the window. Having said that, my only rule is to keep stepping back to admire your work and assess where adjustments are needed.Inspired ways to refresh the mantel
Avoid placing like items at opposite ends of a fireplace mantel. (Imagine how dull this mantel would have been if one candlestick sat on each end.) Instead, rely on clusters of objects to balance one another. Propped and overlapped photographs feel more casual and curated than art that's hung, and in this instance help unite the vignettes on either end of the mantel.