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Be Your Own Designer: 10 Flawless Ways to Lay Out a Living Room

Our living rooms wear a lot of hats: we watch TV, entertain friends, have conversations and spend time reading in them. Sometimes they double as home offices, playrooms for kids or even dining rooms, too. With all these considerations, it can be tricky to decide how best to arrange this area, but thinking about the feeling you’d like the space to convey in combination with how you’ll spend time there is a solid way to start. Here are 10 living room layout ideas to get those creative wheels spinning.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Survey Says: Here’s What People Really Think of Decorating “Rules”

A recent poll by Arearugs.com asked people from all walks of life how they really feel about so-called design rules. Their mission? “To find out if the principles we read about in design magazines mirror the preferences of the average American.”

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Posted on Sep 3, 2017

Black Walls = Instant Grown Up Home (Here’s How to Make Them Work) — Why It Works

White walls seem to be a designer secret weapon: they open up rooms of all sizes (make small rooms seem larger, large rooms appear…even airier) and look incredibly crisp and cool; plus, it’s easy to match your room’s decor to the snowy hue (because, well, white goes with everything). You know what other color is just as easy to work with (even if you might not think so at first glance)? Hint: It’s the complete opposite of white.

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Posted on Aug 31, 2017

10 Common Color Mistakes You Should Stop Making

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Color is kind of tough, if we’re being honest. Or more accurately, a lot can go wrong when attempting to use color in your home, even with the best of intentions. Here are 10 of the most common color mistakes at home — and how you can fix them.

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Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Pillow Talk: 6 Ways to Style Decorative Bed Pillows

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The way you make your bed up can say a lot about your decor style. Like to keep it simple and no-fuss? Neatly stack the pillows you sleep on, smooth out your linens and turn down your top sheet and bedspread. You’re done. However, if you prefer something with a little more decoration, we’ve created six simple set ups you can copy at home in your own bedroom. Check them out!

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Posted on Jul 9, 2017

Styling Tricks for Round Coffee Tables

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Recently, we shared our expert tips on how to style a coffee table . The table we used specifically, though, was rectangular, and some readers chimed in to request help with how to arrange a round coffee table. Though most of the same principles apply no matter what shape you’re working with, I’ve rounded up takeaways and inspiration for round tables.

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Posted on Jun 30, 2017

Furniture Placement Ideas for an Awkward Living Room Layout — The Room Layout Doctor is In

If you’ve ever lived in an apartment, particularly a small apartment, this situation probably sounds familiar: you’ve signed a lease, you’re so excited about your new place, and then you realize—you have no idea where to put the furniture. And that’s where we come in. In this new column, we’re tackling the weirdest and most perplexing space planning solutions. Did the Room Layout Doctor do a good job of fitting everything in? You be the judge.

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Posted on Jun 26, 2017

Help! How Do I Place Furniture in This Strangely Shaped Studio? — The Room Layout Doctor Is In

One of the most perplexing things about moving into a new place, especially a small place, is where to put the furniture. This apartment, with its curving wall of windows, presented a unique challenge. How do you create both a bedroom and a living space (and maybe a dining room and a study, too) in a place that’s so small, and so unusually shaped? We went to the drawing board to come up with a few ideas.

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Posted on Jun 20, 2017

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