False. Sofas can seriously limit your options. Instead, consider floating chairs away from walls and into conversation areas. The space will feel more welcoming.
Au contraire! Many times, a dark hue can make a tight space feel larger. Ultimately, the only rule about picking a paint color for a room is this: Always use a color you love.
Forget that. "The ceiling is the sixth surface of a room," says designer Arthur Rooks. Incorporate it into the room's design with colorful paint or wallpaper.
Pops of color can work wonders in a room, but they're not always necessary. Trending now are white kitchens: cabinets, countertops, walls and appliances — all white. If you're not courageous enough for that, consider an all-white powder room instead. So fresh!
Animal lovers everywhere are making their homes more pet-friendly. From catios (patios for cats) to doggie retreats (shown here), wide-open pet spaces are on the rise.
Let your furniture move around with your guests, as needed. It's less important where the legs fall and more important that a seating arrangement makes for easy conversation.
With so many marvelous patterns and designs to choose from, how can anyone select just one to be the star of the room? Mix florals with stripes. Large polka dots with small ones. Pair different colors of houndstooth or different shades of quatrefoil. Do what makes you feel good.
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