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How to integrate great design by taking a critical eye to detail and learning what works and what could be improved using interior design principles

An isntant gallery gets created on an otherwise hard to decorate accent wall in a high-traffic area. It's the black and white photo treatment that can take a lot of unrelated family photos and make the feel more harmonious. Try adding a small block of wood behind each photo board for even more depth if placed in a less busy area of the room. Christopher Lowell

Here's a simple graphic and textural wall decor idea that can be done with removable ashes ice strips should you change your mind. Not that its effect really works better with a deeper toned background. The natural would could also be painted the same color of the wall for a more subtle effect. Christopher Lowell

In the theater we used this technique to add depth especially in painted sky backdrops. This is a good illustration of how to acheive the gradaded effect on an accent wall in you own home. This assures that a very strong accent color still gets introduced into your room without dominating it. Don't be afraid to try this with neutrals too (Charcoal to pale grey). Christopher Lowell

Top 10 Home decor DIY tutorials – Top Inspired

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Never be afraid of intense color in small spaces. Note that with the background deepened, the eye actually goes to the accents in the room versus the size of the room. Christopher Lowell

Small bathroom idea #home #decor

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Mirrors are often a far better alternative to wall art…especially in shared spaces. Here a hard to deal with room niche now provides greater depth to the entire room reflecting the things you already love. Christopher Lowell

Here's simple proof that adding texture to only one small accent wall, gives the room the impression that there's really more without overwhelming the space with too much texture. Christopher Lowell

Mandy Jean Chic: 12/01/2012 - 01/01/2013

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If you feel challenged dealing with color, try focusing on non color. Here the high-key environment is driven more by texture with one single dramatic accent of black. Notice that the black starts at on the wall (the shell of the room) then in pulled into the center of the room with the candle sticks on the coffee table. Christopher Lowell

Christmas in the Living Room... - At Home with Kristy Seibert

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Increasing the visual drama of a common mattress & box spring can be a simple as adding a pre-made shelf ledge then attach the fabric of your choice from it falling behind the bed. There are many options you can use to customize this simple idea to your own decor Christopher Lowell

Modular bed furniture with an embedded bed..great for an attic room or loft style area...but bookcases instead of trundle.

Storage comes at a premium but this stacked box idea painted the same color as the wall solves a lot of storage and display issues www,christopherlo...

April and May: danish dream

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High contrast drama and proper scaled graphics totally transform this small space. A bit of paint and molding....that's great. CL

Interior design: Turquoise contemporary condo

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If you're not sure about using color, remember layered texture the way to go. Because it's print free, this space will look timeless decades from now.

Laura Lee Clark Interior Design | Gallery | Kitchens

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A great way to extend store bought drapes is by adding a boarder. However the rod here should have extended at least 6" wider on each side of the window so that it didn't shroud the view. The rod could have also been hung as close to the ceiling as possible to elongate the space.

This timeless space integrates tonal low contrast elements with one accent color but what really works is that this often shared space (bedroom) is non-gender specific meaning both he and she can live with it.

The feel of this space is terrific. However, as stunning at the white wing chairs look, they very much prohibit good conversation since guests have to peer around the sides to see those next to them. Here form won out over function CL

Splendid Willow - Interior Design with a Swedish Twist

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  • Susan Clickner

    Agreed. Wing chairs should only be used at the ends of the table and also, "bench" seating is very hard on the back and not conducive to long conversations... good call.

Note the painted woodwork in a vintage environment. People (men) are often afraid to paint old wood thinking it will ruin value of the home. In fact, it preserves the feel and actually highlights the moldings better. CL

Brackets under the cabinet make it appear to be a custom piece Remember you can easily add molding to existing molding especially if moldings are painted. Here the study of line, texture and light in a neutral color pallet is timeless, fresh and modern yet traditional---note the nail heads too. CL

This chic and eclectic room is timeless since it's layered with solids and geometrics like the chevron rug never go out of style. Remember it's pattern/prints that are the first to date spaces. Also note the use of aqua starts at the shell of the room in the simple pattern-free drapes then is brought into the center of the room with the tufted ottoman. Same with the black. From the wood trim to the chair then under foot--for visual balance.

Jonathan Adler Designs a Westchester House

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Using drape as an alternative to doors is such a great idea--however, the rod hung low over the arch gives the room a rather short squatty feel. When hanging any drapes for better visual balance, place them up towards the ceiling as far as you can. This will elongate the room and make it feel much taller.

Removing Closet Doors in the Nursery

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While I'm not big on writing words all over the house, simple call out like these can give a home real character and that sense of humor that can re-enforce the wit of the homeowners

Before & After: Romantic Bathroom Re-Do | Paper and Stitch

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Note that there is no skirt on this bed. leaving it as is, visually lifts the bed and create a far lighter feel to the room then had there been drape to the floor. Sometimes less is best.

Decorate Your Bedroom In Green

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Great, soothing pallet but what gives this the real designer look is the very high upholstered headboard. Often a few things done in larger scale add drama where lots of little stuff won't. CL

Objects on walls are such a great alternative to so-so art. But not that here the color scheme of texture and neutrals allows for lots of detail that doesn't look too cluttered. CL

The Eclectic Home by Lisa: Flea Market Flair

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Murphy beds in the playroom for sleepovers - How cool is that? :)

  • Cindy Closson

    I love this! and I saw Christopher do this in 1998 or 1999 and would love to have his plans he showed on TV.

More mirror magic--here simple inexpensive frames are hung together with frames painted the same color of the walls to offer a french door or panel look that expands this space.