Stylemaker Tips and Tricks

We asked some of our favorite stylemakers to spill their secrets for design and decorating success. Read on and start making your home more stylish.

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    Secrets: Livable Style

    It's OK if the rug is a little worn. Your home should feel lived-in, like a comfortable pair of boots.

    -- Nate Berkus, designer and author. Host of American Dream Builders on NBC. Find his home line at Target. nateberkus.com

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    Secrets: Breaking the Rules

    It's OK to break the rules sometimes. Stylemakers weigh in on how to get away with it.

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    Secrets: Editing

    When decorating a room, I go all out, then edit down to key pieces.

    -- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

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    Secrets: Purchases

    Always ask yourself, "Do I love it?" and "Can I afford it?" If you answer yes to both, buy it.

    -- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

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    Secrets: For the Beginner

    New to decorating? You won't want to miss this stellar advice from designer Bridgid Coulter.

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    Secrets: Buying Decisions

    When in doubt, buy it! I never regret a purchase, but I've often kicked myself for not buying something. If I end up not loving it, I sell it.

    -- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design editor and producer.

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    Secrets: Cohesiveness

    Throw pillows on a sofa should be in matched pairs. We want each pair to complement each other so they make a cohesive style statement.

    -- Elaine Griffin, interior designer, home decorator, and author. elainegriffin.com

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    Secrets: Small Spaces

    Don't be afraid to use big pieces in small rooms. Little furniture in little rooms feels like a dollhouse.

    -- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design
    editor and producer.

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    Secrets: Layered Flooring

    Layer rugs! Use a large jute or sisal rug as a base and layer in smaller, more decorative rugs such as patterned flat weaves or colorful vintage kilims. It will yield depth, dimension, and endless texture.

    -- Sana Keefer, prop and interior stylist behind Pip & Estella, a digital home decor boutique. sanakeefer.com

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    Secrets: Flea Markets

    The best finds are at flea markets. You never know what you'll discover. Decorating should be an adventure.

    -- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design
    editor and producer.

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    Must-Haves

    Nature

    Add a touch of nature to coffee tables with clusters of amethyst and coral.

    -- Sana Keefer, prop and interior stylist behind Pip & Estella, a digital home decor boutique. sanakeefer.com

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    Must-Haves

    Texture

    Texture is more than just a tactile sensation. It gives a place soul.

    -- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

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    Must-Haves

    Kantha Throws

    I love kantha throws. I use them to keep warm on airplanes, as picnic blankets, and to give tables and chairs a soft, colorful touch.

    -- Sana Keefer, prop and interior stylist behind Pip & Estella, a digital home decor boutique. sanakeefer.com

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    Must-Haves

    Earthy Ceramics

    I love earthy ceramics. I can’t get enough of them.

    -- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

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    Must-Haves

    Items You Love

    There should be items in your home that sing a little song to you when you walk by.

    -- Nate Berkus, designer and author. Host of American Dream Builders on
    NBC. Find his home line at Target. nateberkus.com

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    Must-Haves

    Unique Pieces

    It’s the quirky, one-of-a kind items that make a space feel special.

    -- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

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    On Mixing Styles

    Eclectic is all about bringing together what you love to make a style all your own. Bridgid Coulter explains how to get the mix right.

     

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    On Mixing Styles

    Go Glam

    Add a little glam to your space: a brass and glass coffee table, a velvet pillow, a Venetian glass mirror.

    -- Eddie Ross, BHG's East Coast design
    editor and producer.

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    On Mixing Styles

    Start Classic

    Ground a space in classic, timeless pieces, then go wild with fun
    accents that reflect who you are.

    -- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

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    On Mixing Styles

    Rock On

    Try mixing traditional pieces with splurge accessories. Think French with a little rock ’n’ roll.

    -- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

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    On Mixing Styles

    Global Mix

    Try mixing contemporary furnishings with global-inspired accessories and art.

    -- Danielle Colding, interior designer and winner of season seven of HGTV's Design Star. dcdny.com

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    Color and Paint

    Break the Rules

    Decorating rules are meant to be broken. You can paint a small space bright blue if you want.

    -- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

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    Color and Paint

    Luxe Combo

    Pale gray walls and glossy white molding always look expensive.

    -- Nate Berkus, designer and author. Host of American Dream Builders on NBC. Find his home line at Target. nateberkus.com

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    Color and Paint

    Start Small

    A safe way to add color in a bedroom is with bedding. Start with a white duvet, then add colorful sheets and shams.

    -- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013,
    Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

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    Color and Paint

    All-white rooms feel sad and dormlike. Paint one wall a bold color to make it feel intimate and happy.

    -- Lili Diallo, founder of online magazine Billie, set designer, and prop stylist. lilidiallostyle.com

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    Color and Paint

    Painting Trim

    Paint doors (and their trim) or window trim the same color as the walls so they disappear.

    -- Elaine Griffin, interior designer, home decorator, and author. elainegriffin.com

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    Color and Paint

    Ceilings don’t have to be white. Add color with paint, wallpaper, or fabric.

    -- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

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    Color and Paint

    Make a Statement

    Don't be afraid to make bold color statements in a bathroom.

    -- Erin Swift, prop stylist, set designer, and author of French Accents (2013, Clarkson Potter). erinswift.com

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    Stylish Solutions for Awkward Spaces

    In case you haven't heard, awkward is the new cool. Embrace that small corner, uneven nook, or shallow mantel with these stylish tricks that will make you wish you thought of them sooner.
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