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Wallpaper is pricey, and hanging requires skill. Unless you know what you’re doing, it’s best to hire a pro. Here's everything you need to know before you get started.

This neutral room is an easy canvas for a few pops of color and pattern—an aubergine throw, a zebra pillow, and a metallic side table.

  • Kendra Fletcher

    ... or peaceful.

  • Maria Mosby

    Exactly, Kendra

  • Sue SLS

    Actually, you use neutral colors for the basics, then punch it up with color, like the picture over the couch .. maybe add some pillows in the same color. Then, when you get tired of that color you can change to another without have to buy all new furniture. It's perfect!

  • Melody Laudermilk-Stiak

    Yup, much easier and you can keep up with the trends that way too.

  • Gretchen Piofcyk

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! :)

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If you're decorating a primarily white-and-black space, bring in an unexpected piece of wood furniture to warm it up and give it personality.

Feng shui tips: If you don't often use your dining room for meals, activate it in another way. Put a plant there so you're forced to come in and water it. Or bring your laptop in and use the space as an office.

Edgings or walls made of potted plants visually delineate and define spaces. These plants help separate the lawn from the patio.

Play up the polish with striking high-gloss metals. They draw the eye and bounce around light. Gold, silver, copper, and brass blend nicely, as long as the lines of each piece are sleek.

A statement-making accent wall in a sophisticated floral print is just enough to spice up a bedroom. Keep everything else simple so nothing distracts from the power of the print.

Keep things understated with matte or textured metals. Pieces with a soft finish (brushed, hammered, rippled) are a delicious addition to a rustic room.

f you're not into sharing a desk (who is?), then carve out personal zones by transforming a spare corner. Stick to one finish for the major pieces (desks and chairs) and then let accessories show your decorative spirit.

A terrace gets a bold pick-me-up from cushions in vibrant colors (tangerine, fuchsia) and modern prints like ikat, stripes, and eye-popping florals.

Farrow & Ball Drawing Room Blue: In a space with a lofty ceiling, paint it with this rich indigo for a dreamy yet unexpected burst of color against neutral walls.

Kitchen on one side; office on the other. A simple architectural detail can divide a space without making it feel out of place.

Make over a porch with a few items (day bed, potted plants, Chinese lanterns) that will make the space comfortable and stylish.

If you're searching for a way to keep your work area from cramping your decorating style, focus on blending in.

Floating peonies and gardenias make a pretty centerpiece. Just pour water into a large serving platter, and trim the stems off each flower.