From a fresh coat of white paint to choosing comfortable, neutral furniture, decorating experts share their advice on creating a cheery, inviting home.2695565
1. Mix It Up
"The most interesting rooms mix cultures and periods," says real estate broker Royce Pinkwater. "I like to juxtapose high and low. It makes it more casual and homey." Collaborating with the designer Eric Cohler, she decorated the living room of her New York apartment with a 1930s coffee table by Jean Dunand, '40s armchairs by Andre Arbus, '50s Swedish slipper chairs, and a '70s mirror by Neal Small.
2. Choose Colors That Flatter You
"I think I speak for all women - and probably men - when I say I want a room to show me off at my best," says Pinkwater. She decided on a lavender palette in her house to complement her green eyes.
3. Decorate With What You Love
When painter and stylist Craig Schumacher moved from a 10-room Dallas house into a four-room apartment, it didn't hamper his style. His decorating