Want to make your home look like you hired an interior designer? Steal some of these secrets interior design pros recently shared with House Beautiful and your abode will be cover-story ready in no time:
Choose a color scheme. Boston-based designer Gary McBournie says to start with a basic color scheme for the whole house then let it play out a little differently in each room.
Paint your window trim. Who said windows need to be white? Designers suggest trying shades of green to have window trim blend with the outdoor scenery or even black so that at nighttime, trim virtually disappears.
Offset deep colors with white. Celebrity designer Joanna Gaines says to try saturated colors by balancing them out with white so they’re less overwhelming. For example, paint the top half of your wall a deep green and the lower wainscoting a bright white.
Invest in the sofa. Designers agree, one area not to skimp on is your sofa. Put your money into a well-made statement piece that will last for years.
Keep neutrals interesting. Neutrals can add a great look, but keep it interesting by utilizing a variety of textures and finishes, such as matte linens, soft velvets and shiny silks.
Mix up your tableware. Add interest to your table setting by mixing various sets of antique china and silverware.
Pair your patterns. When using patterned fabrics, more is actually more, says designer Meg Braff, so don’t be shy about using a variety of patterns in one room. Just be symmetrical about your approach so there is the same textile on the other side of the room. For example, use one of the same patterned pair of throw pillows on chairs placed on opposite sides of the room.