15 Decorating Tips To Make Your Home Look Magazine-Worthy
Why do magazine interiors look so perfect? Talented designers and stylists, great lighting, and professional photography is the honest answer. But in the age of Instagram, where practically everyone is snapping pictures of their spaces, we’re pulling back the curtain and sharing tips torn straight from the pages of House & Home. Click through for clever decorating moves that will make your home look like it belongs in a magazine.
It’s a recurring theme — so many standout rooms in our pages are elevated by a sculptural light fixture. Some criteria that makes the difference between expected and exceptional includes a large scale, a warm finish, and beautiful lines.
Picture this wall bare and it’s easy to see why these plates make this image sing. An edited collection not only reveals a homeowner’s passions, but it enlivens a space.
Some will scoff, but a lush tribal rug updates spa-inspired bathrooms with softness and color that a white terrycloth bathmat could never muster. It’s a classic stylist’s move.
Want the look of instant order? Symmetry delivers a polished effect that’s innately calming (human brains are even programmed to prefer it). A large piece of abstract art keeps this living room from feeling overly stiff.
Plants can go in and out of fashion just as furnishings do (think of the ubiquitous ’80s ferns, now supplanted by the darling of the houseplant world, the succulent). Ficus standards have too been jostled aside for more tropical options, like large palms and fiddle leaf figs. Here two large palm standards up the luxe impact of this living room.
Steal a page from designer Brian Gluckstein’s showhome and tie a gallery wall together by selecting the same style of frame and matting. He furthered unified the look by choosing artwork with a garden theme and the result is arresting and intriguing.
An unexpected find or vacation souvenir brings a layered touch to homes. Whether it’s a Moroccan pouf or kilim rug, global pieces often feature beautiful handiwork which makes them unique, and in turns makes a space look memorable and personal.
What goes around comes back around, and right now this shape is having a major moment. Perhaps it’s the soft, organic shape that’s a perfect complement to curved furnishings that are also trending, but they instantly make a space look fresher.
Not all wallpaper is created equal. When a pattern combines quality with a classic print, like Cole & Son’s Nuvolette pattern, it’s worth it. Can’t swing a whole room? Buy a double roll for a feature wall.
Don’t limit yourself to just changing up your linens — it’s equally easy to transform the look of a bed by layering up an upholstered headboard with a great textile.
Skip the solid panels for something with personality. The artisanal quality of these drapes in a pattern by Kelly Wearstler acts almost as artwork and serves as a vibrant frame for a window.
Consider it the antidote to standard hotel and gym-issue towels. The fringe and subtle stripe of Turkish Hammam towels are anything but cookie cutter, and unlike terry versions they look amazing casually draped from a hook.
It’s a common dilemma that homeowners struggle with when it comes to heirloom pieces: an antique frame plus dated upholstery can feel dowdy. A graphic indoor-outdoor fabric breathes new life into a traditional cane-back chair and turns it into a piece of art.
No fireplace? Transform a plain wall into a focal point with a mantel and smart styling. This living room fireplace swaps out flames for a framed map topped with a picture light, and an artful arrangement of birch logs.
Too often this medium is overlooked in favor of framed artwork, but sculpture injects a tactile, sensuous volume into spaces that’s unexpected. The choice of the clear plinth keeps the look modern and fresh.