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Color Theory 101: Making Complementary Colors Work for You

Do you remember the color wheel? Conventional color wisdom has it that colors that lie opposite to one another on the wheel—or complementary colors—are especially pleasing together. And lest you dismiss this as the color equivalent of an urban myth, there’s actually scientific evidence supporting the idea that certain colors look good together. Here’s how to make it work for you.

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Posted on Feb 15, 2018

The Dos & Don’ts of Perfectly Matched Paint Touch-Ups

It happens: Your niece draws a crayon masterpiece on your living room wall, or you scratch the molding while moving furniture . . . and now you’re searching the basement for touch-up paint. Before you pick up that paintbrush, check out our top ten touch-up tips to follow—and the five biggest mistakes to steer clear of!—if you want to avoid repainting the entire room.

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Posted on Nov 7, 2017

Design Master Class: 6 Pro Tricks to Know When Arranging Your Room

One-click online shopping and free shipping has made the whole furniture buying process seem super easy and accessible. But what happens when you start unboxing pieces and realize you have absolutely no idea where to put them—or worse, whether they’ll even work with the rest of what’s in your room? Arranging furniture is really an art form, but the good news is there are several guidelines you can follow to help you figure out the process. Let these six expert tips be your starting point in setting up your ideal space, whether you’re working with hand-me-downs or starting from scratch.

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Posted on Oct 23, 2017

One Room, Many Windows? Pro Tips for Choosing Window Treatments

While having “too many” windows may sound like a good problem to have (hello, vitamin D), treating multiple windows in one space is often a task best left to the professionals. With so many variables involved, it’s hard to know what treatments will look good together until the installation is complete (aka once it’s too late). Luckily, Los Angeles-based interior designer Taylor Jacobson shared with us some insightful rays of wisdom on how to do it right the first time, so you can treat your windows with confidence.

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Posted on Oct 21, 2017

How to Skillfully Combine Multiple Rugs in a Room — Decor Match Maker

(Image credit: Emily Henderson)

An open floor plan can have great appeal — fewer walls generally create a better flow and allows for natural light to shine throughout. But since the eye is taking in a lot of space at once, you have to be a little more careful about your furnishings, especially rugs. Next to wall color, floorings are the most dominant visual in a space simply because of the size. When you’re talking an 8′ x 10′ Beni Ourain or a 9′ x 12′ graphic flatweave, that’s a lot of ground cover (and its not always as effortless as Emily Henderson made it look in the boho-chic space above).

When you have more than one seating area in a space—dining area, living area, etc.—you’re going to need multiple rugs to get the job done. I reached out to designer Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design for a crash course on how to combine rugs.

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Posted on Oct 9, 2017

Get it Right: How To Pick the Perfect Rug Size for Your Room — Be Your Own Designer

(Image credit: Ana Kamin)

A new rug can be one of the most anxiety-inducing purchases you can make for your home. For one thing, even the small ones seem shockingly expensive. For another, once you understand the importance of rug size in creating a comfortable space (spoiler alert: bigger is better here) they become even more so. There’s also room use and orientation to contend with. To take some of the guesswork out of choosing the size of rug for your space, we’ve created a handy illustration with all the rug rules you need to know. Happy shopping!

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Posted on Oct 2, 2017

The Dos & Don’ts of Hanging Art: An Illustrated Guide — Be Your Own Designer

As a designer, poorly hung art is probably my number one design bugbear. I’ll walk into an otherwise lovely room, and immediately want to re-position pieces I see as too high, too low, or not suitable for the space (don’t worry, I don’t actually do this—I’m detail-oriented, not crazy). Avoid these all-too-common design pitfalls by referring to our pictorial guide to hanging art like a pro.

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Posted on Sep 24, 2017

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

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