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Easy Decorating Ideas


Easy Decorating Ideas

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Classic patterns are just right for those who love feminine, muted tones and delicate blooms—and the vintage feel that they evoke. An elaborate rose-bouquet print on a broad expanse conjures fairy-tale grandeur. But you don’t have to go that far: Tiny buds on a bedside lamp shade or a quilt bring the same sort of enchantment without sending the message “No boys allowed.” Switching up the palette with saturated colors makes old-fashioned blooms look current.

Decorating With Florals

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Florals 101 It’s hard to talk about florals as a single category because, like flowers themselves, each pattern has its own personality, determined by style, size, and color. Floral prints can seem intimidating at first, but once you have a few guidelines, they’re not difficult to work with—and they’re guaranteed to add life and joy to a space. Here are New York City interior designer Sara Gilbane's top pointers.

Decorating With Florals

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The Real Simple Cordless Roller Shade features a thermal back for better light control, energy efficiency and a uniform exterior look from the outside. It's also cordless and provides improved safety for homes with children and pets.

There's something remarkable about a kitchen with an eclectic side. Mixing styles can add both charm and comfort to a space. This kitchen starts with a more traditional foundation (pale blue walls and island, dark wood ceiling beams) and then welcomes more surprising touches like a chandelier, stainless steel refrigerator, and floating shelves.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Just as you'd decorate a living room around the mantel or a bedroom around the bed, plan your kitchen around the cooking zone. The blue range cooker is—and should be—this kitchen's focal point. For a home that relies on plenty of storage, hang extra floating shelves to hold cookbooks and containers.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Think beyond the primary functions of the kitchen and consider how it can seamlessly extend into the other areas of your home. When a few rooms spill into the kitchen, it's time to create a balanced flow, which can be accomplished with a cohesive and simplified color palette. Boring? Not a chance. Here, the splashes of red weave into different nooks like the kitchen counter accents, cushioned bench, and living room side chair and window treatments.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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There’s something just right about gathering around a kitchen island for a late-morning breakfast. The green-and-blue–tiled backsplash feels right at home in this space. Make your kitchen work hard by tucking in needed storage like corner shelves and built-in drawers and cabinets in the island.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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The quintessential white kitchen never goes out of style. This one is made especially inviting with natural touches like flagstone floors, oak island and ceiling beams, and a farmhouse-style table. The extra seating along the island make it a comfortable spot for casual breakfasts or mid-afternoon coffee.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Think beyond the primary functions of the kitchen and consider how it can seamlessly extend into the other areas of your home. When a few rooms spill into the kitchen, it's time to create a balanced flow, which can be accomplished with a cohesive and simplified color palette. Boring? Not a chance. Here, the splashes of red weave into different nooks like the kitchen counter accents, cushioned bench, and living room side chair and window treatments.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Large vaulted ceilings and multiple windows can make a room feel larger than it actually is. 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.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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There’s something just right about gathering around a kitchen island for a late-morning breakfast. The green-and-blue–tiled backsplash feels right at home in this space. Make your kitchen work hard by tucking in needed storage like corner shelves and built-in drawers and cabinets in the island.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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The quintessential white kitchen never goes out of style. This one is made especially inviting with natural touches like flagstone floors, oak island and ceiling beams, and a farmhouse-style table. The extra seating along the island make it a comfortable spot for casual breakfasts or mid-afternoon coffee.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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A sleek, modern kitchen needn't feel cold. If you're starting with a black-and-white foundation, infuse it with some color, like the muted aubergine on the overhead cabinets. Add texture by layering a striped rug over a seamless floor. Rather than recessed lighting, hang a pair of chandeliers from the ceilings for an unexpected twist.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Short on square inches? A tiny kitchen (and a tight budget) requires careful and creative planning. A gray-and-white palette gets a burst of charm from bright pops of lemon and turquoise. If you don't have much cabinet space, bring in freestanding pieces to hold appliances, dishes, and other kitchen essentials.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Large vaulted ceilings and multiple windows can make a room feel larger than it actually is. 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.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Decorating a large kitchen can be an intimidating task. If you choose to stick with a neutral palette for the larger items (white walls, black granite counters, and ivory cabinets), then you'll have greater freedom and flexibility to update accents like textiles, runners, and even place settings.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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A really great stove can transform a kitchen. For a nice pop of color, consider a pretty splashback like a marine blue glass. To make a kitchen homey and high-functioning, hang storage racks from the ceiling for frequently used pots and pans.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Short on square inches? A tiny kitchen (and a tight budget) requires careful and creative planning. A gray-and-white palette gets a burst of charm from bright pops of lemon and turquoise. If you don't have much cabinet space, bring in freestanding pieces to hold appliances, dishes, and other kitchen essentials.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Use every inch of space for smart, space-saving storage. This 16-cube shelving unit steps up to the challenge of holding plates, linens, and serving pieces. For an unexpected decorative touch, line the backs with wallpaper so it coordinates with your style.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Warm up a neutral kitchen by inviting different shades (gray, ivory, cream) and textures into the picture. Storage is maximized with a wall of cabinets, floor to ceiling.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Use every inch of space for smart, space-saving storage. This 16-cube shelving unit steps up to the challenge of holding plates, linens, and serving pieces. For an unexpected decorative touch, line the backs with wallpaper so it coordinates with your style.

19 Amazing Kitchen Decorating Ideas

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Embrace Spontaneity: Quirky vignettes are perfect for drawing visitors away from the main seating area toward intimate corners. Unexpected juxtapositions, like a low-riding chandelier above a tufted ottoman, spark curiosity and add delight.

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Create Your Own Work of Art: A composed display feels friendly and charming against a casual (and marked-up) chalkboard wall. The recipe? Something high and curvy, something low and wide, and a natural element that offers a burst of color.

5 Ways to Create a Cozy Home

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Invite Nature Inside: A terrarium, like a bowl of fish, adds life to a room. It also reflects light, so it’s nice for brightening dark walls. Delicate greenery feels calming and homey—and sophisticated when contrasted in a sleek, modern orb.

5 Ways to Create a Cozy Home

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Red velvet arm chair in sitting room with red wooden dresser, patterned rug and framed art on walls: Soft materials—rich velvet upholstery and a luxe alpaca throw—clustered with hard, shiny surfaces create intriguing tactile interplay (sort of makes you want to pet the furniture). Don’t be afraid to tuck a big, generous chair into a snug nook for an intimate reading spot.

5 Ways to Create a Cozy Home

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