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How to make your home look like it should be in a magazine

LET YOUR FURNITURE INSPIRE YOUR ROOM DECOR

You might see a piece of furniture and think, "I've got to have that!" It could be a sofa, bed or small accent. But no matter what piece you fall in love with, echo its features throughout your room—the colors, style, textures—to create a subtle connection.
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USE THE COLOR WHEEL TO MAKE A MOOD

Designers use color schemes to create a certain look. One of our favorite ways is to blend three neighboring hues on the color wheel. These colors always look great together and create a well-balanced, elegant look in a room.
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INCLUDE ONE WILD PIECE OF FURNITURE

What is it that gives a room a "designer" quality? We believe it's how designers make each room look one-of-a-kind. To get this effect, choose a unique accent piece, like a hand-painted cabinet or a graphic-print chair. Our home furnishing consultants can help you find pieces that complement your furniture for that designer look.
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BALANCE YOUR ROOM'S COLOR SCHEME

Design is all about balance, especially when it comes to your room's colors. Walls, furniture and flooring take up most of the space in a room, so it's important to keep their colors in balance. Here's our rule of thumb: if two out of three are dark tones, use a lighter hue for the third, and vice versa. For instance, dark furniture and flooring should be balanced with light-colored walls and decor.
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ADD SOME PATTERN TO YOUR ROOM

Patterns are one of our designers' favorite ways to give a room a cohesive look. Start by choosing a piece with a pattern, then look for ways to echo it in your room's decor. You can also mix in coordinating patterns. Just choose prints of different scales so they won't compete with each other. And be sure to mix in enough solid-colored pieces to keep the room from looking too busy.
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CLEAR YOUR HOME OFFICE OF CLUTTER

When planning a home office, don't forget about the design of your room. Your decor can have a big impact on function. That's why we like an office that looks calm and serene. By limiting contrast in colors, you create a restful environment. Clean up clutter with shelves or a file cabinet. When you're relaxed, it's easier to get in the zone.
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