While some of what you see in home decorating magazines can only be chalked up to creative genius and big budgets, even the most inspired decor follows basic design rules. Below, experts share their little secrets, from how to use color to their favorite luxe tricks, so you can give your own home that magazine-ready finish.
1. Designate a theme.
The best way to ensure decorative "flow" is to work within a theme, says art expert Jen Bekman, founder of 20x200.com, a website that sells artwork at affordable prices. Whether sports- or Paris-inspired, the focus (even if only loosely adhered to) immediately grounds the designer's creative options. For a DIY decorator, this rule of thumb is especially important, as it will help focus an otherwise overwhelming task. "As you continue to shop around, you'll notice pieces within your premise everywhere, giving you a chance to compare and contrast," says Bekman. So, not only does a theme create parameters to workRead More »from 9 Interior Decorator Secrets