It's not just for little girls, and it goes with way more than frills and lace. The color of the moment is cheery, sophisticated, and even sexy. Here are tips on how to get the hue right - whether you're eighteen or eighty.
1. Use Pink as an Unexpected Surprise
Adding pink in a small space, like on the wall of the foyer, makes a statement without too much investment. "You can go this intense in an entryway, where you don't spend that much time," explains designer Jonathan Berger who chose Razzle Dazzle by Benjamin Moore for a Brooklyn townhouse. "It's a 'Wow!' moment that says, 'We're brave, we're bold,'" he says.
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2. Choose a Pink with Purple Tones
Select a rich hue in high gloss for a seductive bedroom like this one by designer Jamie Drake. "Orchid pink is wildly lush and not at all juvenile," he says, "This room feels almost aromatic, redolent of complex perfume."
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3. Try Deep Pink in the Dining Room
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It's not just for little girls, and it goes with way more than frills and lace. The color of the moment is cheery, sophisticated, and even sexy. Here are tips on how to get the hue right - whether you're eighteen or eighty.Read More »from 7 Grown-Up Ways to Decorate with Pink
Could your living room use a makeover? There's no need to redo the entire room or splurge on a new sofa. Just add a decorative pillow (or three), and you'll change the look of the entire space. Go ahead and keep that old couch!Read More »from 6 Simple Ways Pillows Can Refresh a Sofa
1. Build a Collection Around a Theme
"Textiles can change the entire feel of a room. This collection has a well-traveled look, and the colors are happy. A wild mix only works when there's balance - pairs, and colors of equal intensity. Black anchors the other colors, and the throw makes it all cozier." -Ellen Hamilton
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2. Try Texture
"There is nothing more beautiful than creams and whites. But when all the shades are similar, you need a mix of textures to keep it visually interesting. This is a luxurious, soft feeling. You want to sink into the pillows, or throw a few at someone." -Barbara Westbrook
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3. Put Together a Pairing
"To keep a look clean, I like to work in pairs, with patterned pillows in
Need to perk up the palette of your home? Opposite colors are key to creating stunning, dramatic rooms. "Good color schemes always have complementary colors to keep them from being too obvious," says designer Tom Scheerer. Look to the color wheel when picking the perfect shade: Pair purple with yellow, blue with orange, and red with green. While not for the color-shy, these color combos are guaranteed to really show off a space.
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1. Orange and Blue
Try out opposite colors using low-commitment accessories like pillows. "You should always use color in a way that gives you flexibility in the future," advises designer Melissa Warner. In the living room of her West Hollywood rental apartment, she chose orange wool pillows by Judy Ross to perk up a blue vintage sofa reupholstered in Yoma's Savanna velvet.
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2. Red and GreenRead More »from Opposite Color Combos That Wow
You may not be walking down the red carpet, but you can still throw a swank soirée that evokes the timeless glamour of Tinseltown. Combine a classic black-and-white color theme with these retro-chic accessories, and you're guaranteed to have a blockbuster affair.Read More »from Vintage Hollywood-Inspired Oscar Party Decor
1. Shiny Cocktail Tray
Inspired by the facets of sparkling gems, this shimmering, mirrored tray brings a touch of polish to any party. Mirage Tray, 17" DIA, $80. Z Gallerie.
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2. Sexy Retro Apron
You'll be in the starring role - and keep your party outfit red carpet-ready - when you flaunt this flirty apron. The Lady's Apron, 28.5" L 29.5" W, $32. Anthropologie.
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3. Art Deco Napkins
Classic stripes bring a couture touch to otherwise plain paper napkins. Stripe Border Black and White Beverage Napkins, 5" x 5" folded, $5 for 20. Plates and Napkins.
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4. Feather Centerpiece
Add drama - and conjure up the glamour of 1920s
Want ideas that go beyond the clichéd bouquet of roses? These simple decor tips are sure to spice up the holiday and your home.Read More »from 8 Easy Ways to Add Romance to Any Room
1. Flaunt Skirted Furniture
Skirted furniture can really help beautify a bedroom-or any space. Besides a bed skirt, like the one in designer Melissa Rufty's New Orleans home, try throwing a tablecloth over a side table in the entry or even invest in a skirted chair for the living room. Either way, a single piece of furniture where the legs aren't visible will up the romance factor.
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2. Forget the Roses
A dozen roses are pricey and predictable. Instead, seek out one single bloom that's sure to make a statement, then float it in a beautiful bowl. This magnolia looks stunning all on its own.
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3. Choose a Chandelier
Want to make your dining room really dreamy? Consider updating the lighting. It's a small investment that will bring big results. (If you're not experienced with wiring,
- House Beautiful Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 20, 2011 6:24 PM EST
Want to perk up the color palette or personality of your home but don't want the hassle (or cost) of an entire renovation? Just a few little touches around a room can yield big results. Here are fast and easy tricks that will pull together the whole look of your home.Read More »from 10 Affordable Ways to Redo a Room with Accessories
1. Go seasonal.
Be inspired by the weather outside. "We love using objects seasonally, like bringing out the white pottery when spring arrives. The important thing is to have different levels of things to notice in a room," says Healing Barsanti Home co-founder Patricia Healing.
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2. Pile on the pillows.
Swap out pillows in the living room to add touches of color and pattern. They're an easy way to transform the entire look of a space, and they're a lot less of a commitment than painting an entire room. "Pillows are one of the easiest and quickest ways to experiment with color," says interior designer Sheila Bridges.
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3. Focus on your favorites.
- House Beautiful Magazine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 12, 2011 6:09 PM EST
Tired of the same old kitchen, but don't want the hassle (or price tag) of an entire renovation? These fast and easy updates take the room from make-do to magnificent.
1. Refresh Your Cabinets
An easy way to update cabinetry is by painting the insides a contrasting color, like architect Gil Schafer and his color consultant, Eve Ashcraft, did in this western Connecticut home. You'll be sure to enjoy the unexpected detail every time you reach for a glass, or you can even try removing cabinet doors to get the look of open shelves.
2. Add Table Lamps
Placing table lamps on your island or dining table makes your kitchen feel like a room, not a laboratory. Designer Robert Stillin did this with Visual Comfort's Column lamp to make the 2009 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year feel more cozy.
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3. Try a New Gadget
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Resolved to clean up your act this year? Tackle one room at a time with these easy tips on how to organize and declutter your home.
Keep the foyer uncomplicated. The simplest entry halls, such as this one by designer Peter Dunham, provide a place to temporarily set packages down and some seating for pulling off foul-weather gear.
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Add tall shelves to take advantage of all available space. This office by architect David Mann also functions as a library, where custom shelving units provide enough space for books, photos, and decorative pieces.
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Get creative with storage options. Interior designer Melissa Warner converted a spare bedroom into an office. She wallpapered the sliding closet doors, giving the room instant color and patterns - and a place to stash supplies.
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4. Living Room
The bedroom is supposed to be where you relax, unwind, and get a good night's sleep. But with today's multitasking lives, your bedroom could be collecting more clutter than hours of beauty rest. Here's how to determine if your space needs simplifying - plus solutions to nix the clutter. Want more organizing ideas? See our New Year's Resolution Tips for Every Room.Read More »from 4 Signs Your Bedroom Needs a Make-under
1. Problem: Your TV rules the bedroom.
Solution: As severe as it may sound, a television doesn't belong in a well-ordered bedroom. It brings with it remote controls, DVDs, cords, and other mess-producing items that counter the main purposes of the room. Bedrooms should be a cozy space for decompressing, like this serene master bedroom by designer Ginger Barber.
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2. Problem: Your closet door won't shut.
Solution: It's time to start editing. Expert organizer Julie Morgenstern recommends first starting on paper. Ask yourself, "What are my favorite clothes?" When considering
Move over, taxidermy. The New Year is here, and with it comes a host of new home trends. We checked in with top interior designers to see what's inspiring them in 2011. From Egypt to edgy glamour, here's our forecast of what new design styles could be about to come.
1. Go Wild
"Animal-print velvets." -Alexa Hampton
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2. Handmade Finds
"Things by local artisans made with environmentally friendly, renewable resources." -Michael S. Smith
3. Ancient Civilizations
"I'm in an Egypt mood." -Meg Braff
4. Artistic Inspiration
"Art! We're reinterpreting great modernist paintings as patterns for rugs, fabrics, and wallpapers." -William Diamond and Anthony Baratta
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5. Painted Everything
"Paint, paint, paint! Painted furniture, painted walls in offbeat colors, painted floors à la Sybil Connolly." -Suzanne Rheinstein
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