Design Lesson
May 19, 2011

23 decorating tips from our editors

By: Amanda Etty

23 decorating tips from our editors Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
May 19, 2011

23 decorating tips from our editors

By: Amanda Etty
tip-10.jpg Photography by Stacey Brandford

Tip 1: Go for texture
"I believe that every room should include elements with different textures. Choose furniture and accessories in various finishes -- glass, wood, metal or lacquer -- to give the room depth and make it feel collected, not matched." - Tamara Robbins Griffith

 

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Photography by Virginia Macdonald

Tip 2: Mix styles

"Mixing different styles of furniture together adds personality to a room. For example, pair a Mid-Century dining table with a traditional settee." - Ann Marie Favot

 

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Photography by Ryan Brook

Tip 3: Incorporate meaningful pieces
"The best way to add personality to a room is to infuse it with meaningful treasures -- objects should not only be aesthetically pleasing but also tell a story." - Catherine Therrien

 

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Photography by Ryan Brook

Tip 4: Bare your books
"I like removing the dust jackets from large hardcover books to reveal the colour and texture of the binding and the simple lettering on the spine." -Margot Austin

 

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Photography by Virginia Macdonald

Tip 5: Start from scratch

"When adding accessories to a room, begin with a blank slate. I often clear off the surfaces -- bookshelves, coffee tables, countertops -- and start fresh. First assess the architecture without visual clutter, then inject some colour and personality one piece at a time." -Tamara Robbins Griffith

 

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Photography by Edward Pond

Tip 6: Stock up on white dishware
"White dishware offers a classic look that can be dressed up or updated seasonally with accent plates and table linens." - Tamara Robbins Griffth

 

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Photography by Ryan Brook

Tip 7: Opt for large blooms
"Large-headed flowers like peonies, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums are fast and easy to arrange, and you only need a few stems to fill a vase." - Margot Austin

 

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Photography by Donna Griffith

Tip 8: Edit your bed

"Just say no to too many cushions on the bed!" - Margot Austin

 

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Photography by Ryan Brook

Tip 9: Keep ceramic pitchers on hand

"I rely on white ceramic pitchers. They're great in the kitchen to store utensils, as a decorative element on open shelving in the kitchen or dining room or for displaying flowers in any room." - Margot Austin

 

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Tip 10: Create your own artwork
"Creating interesting artwork can be inexpensive and easy. Try framing wallpaper, fabric remnants, or pages from books and magazines." - Catherine Therrien

 

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Photography by Ryan Brook

Tip 11: Make paint your friend

"Never underestimate the power of paint. I'm always on the hunt for inexpensive objects that can easily be updated with a coat of paint." - Christine Hanlon

 

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Photography by Virginia Macdonald

Tip 12: Keep floral arrangeents casual

"For a pretty display on a dining table, group three casual floral arrangements of different flowers but all in the same colour." - Margot Austin

 

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Photography by Angus Fergusson

Tip 13: Style your bookshelves

"When styling your bookshelves, include more than books. Mix in a variety of items, such as boxes, baskets, framed artwork or photographs, vases, collections and candles. Your options are limitless -- I often like to include a pretty handbag, depending on what room the shelves are in." - Ann Marie Favot

 

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Tip 14: Go geometric
"When it comes to picking accents, look for clean lines and interesting geometric shapes." - Christine Hanlon

 

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Photography by Virginia Macdonald

Tip 15: Group your accessories

"There's something harmonious about large and medium-sized objects grouped together with an even smaller decorative piece nestled in front." - Tamara Robbins Griffith

 

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23 decorating tips from our editors