“Some people have a natural eye for design, but if you’re more in the camp of those who can’t do anything without consulting Pinterest board upon Pinterest board before making any major changes, we feel you. And even those of us who leave and breathe interior design, some inspiration and guidance never hurts. We’d love to have an interior designer on speed dial before deciding exactly where and how hang to hang that sweet new wall art we bought on a whim so we don’t make any major mistakes. But until we win the lottery, we’ll have to settle for trusting our guts, and taking plenty of decorating tips where we can get them. We’ve compiled some secrets straight from the pros to help you with all your decorating needs.”
Choose the Right Bulbs
“Choosing the right light bulb is very important. LED bulbs are energy efficient, and they can look great.”—Paloma Contreras
Try Out Wicker
“Wicker is an element I love for its texture and versatility. Wicker baskets are so functional for storage, but a wicker animal brings a sense of whimsy.” —Amy Berry
Upgrade Your Light Switches
“Update your light switches! Elegant controls add a spectacular element to an older home or character to a new one.” —Courtney Hill
Even Rentals Can Get an Upgrade
“These doors were uninspiring and ugly,” says designer Keita Turner.
See how she “hacked” a custom upholstery job here.
Invest in Antiques
“Great art and fabulous antiques only get better with age. It’s better to cry once and have a forever piece.”—Chandos Dodson Epley
Trust Your Intuition
“Follow your gut. If you have to talk yourself into liking something, you probably don’t.”—Olivia Erwin