Make your rooms feel more relaxing with our simple decorating tricks to marry effortless style with carefree splendor.
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When a room has a great outdoor view, let it lead the way. A soft, coastal-inspired palette paired with rustic finishes and abundant natural light gives this living room a sense of relaxed sophistication. Woven textures layered underfoot and fuss-free furnishings make this space a cozy family hot spot.
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Block-print patterns, plump seating, and layers of accessories make this small bungalow's living room comfortable enough for everyday living. White walls and built-ins surrounding the stucco fireplace visually expand cozy quarters. Kick up the contrast in an all-white room by painting window frames black.
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Dressed in Layers
Create coziness, depth, and detail by varying types of textures -- smooth, coarse, and fibrous -- in small rooms. In this living room, a mostly neutral scheme gains interest by marrying luxe fabrics with honey-hue tones. Unexpected hits of color such as a pillow or a throw enliven the space and can be changed out cheaply.
Choose a Color Palette
Instantly relax rooms with a new color palette. Use these expert tips to find the best hues for your home.
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Begin and end each day in a soothing space that practically disappears into the surrounding landscape. Earthy materials and spa comforts such as honed limestone flooring, a walk-in glass enclosure, a soaking tub, and a soaring ceiling take this narrow master bath to new heights.
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Sit a Spell
At the end of a long day, there's nothing better than coming home to a serene setting. A living room awash in natural light, layered textures, and earthy hues does the trick. Leggy furniture helps this room feel light and airy, not boxy.
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A crisp white room is gorgeous on its own, but adding slipcovered furnishings and a few flea accessories is a chic way to give your hangout space a casual air. Use textiles to bring in color and pattern; here, simple blends of pillows take this cottage setting to a whole new place.
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Open for Gathering
For rooms that are meant for relaxing and gathering, keep comfort top of mind. Encourage impromptu hangouts by arranging furniture for conversation -- and don't forget to pile on the pillows!
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Classic but relaxed details produce a sense of timelessness in this relaxing, light-filled kitchen. Tried-and-true materials such as white subway tile, a mercury glass pendant, and oak flooring give this airy kitchen its kick-off-your shoes feel.
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Light and Airy
Use an airy mix of furniture to foster spaciousness in a small living room. Woven elements in the window treatments, furniture, and area rug further the ambience while adding a casual patina. Large planes of neutral color wrap the room, while pops of peachy pink and sunny yellow strike a happy note.
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In this dining room, timeworn pieces mingle with contemporary finds to create a tranquil space packed with personality. Brick walls and rich wood flooring add natural texture and warmth to the tone-on-tone color scheme and balance industrial-style dining chairs. In place of small pieces of art, a large framed map creates a dramatic focal point above a storage bench.
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Touches of dark wood and creamy woven elements nod to this home's coastal locale. Crisp white walls and pared-down window treatments offer a clean slate for watery views to take center stage. A mix of coral and chocolate brown pillows calls to mind combing tropical beaches for seashells.
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Barely-there gray walls introduce a whisper of color to this dreamy, light-filled bedroom. A band of eclectic accessories unites to fill the space with quirky, whimsical charm that invites guests to sit a spell.
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Repeating a color throughout a room makes it look polished. A coat of sage green paint splashed on walls brings the room together, marrying the gardeny greens and yellows found in the upholstered ottoman, striped area rug, and accent pillows.