Top Designer Tips to Style Your Nightstand

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Style your nightstand with pastel colors and mid-century modern inspiration. Image: Williams Sonoma Home

Nightstands have a way of attracting clutter with everyday use. Is there really a way to organize the items we keep close at hand every night? We spoke with top interior designers to find out their favorite ways of maximizing this small surface while making it a stylish focal point in the bedroom. Instead of using your nightstand as a catch-all, you can style it to be functional and attractive with these simple ideas:

Creative Nightstand styling

Use nightstands to express your unique creativity and taste. Image: Lisa Gilmore

Get creative with personal touches

Interior designer Lisa Gilmore, known for her colorful and glamorous design, shares her out-of-the-box tips to style your nightstand in unique ways:

Get Your Home Ready to Sell with These Easy Updates

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A beautiful color scheme makes any home a buyer’s favorite. Image: Wayfair

When getting your home ready to sell on a busy market, it may not make sense to take on big home improvement projects. Once you’re confident that your home does not need any major repairs that will stop a buyer’s home inspection, you can focus on easy updates to make your home more appealing. Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom might be out of your budget or time frame, but there are still plenty of small updates you can make in key areas to get your home ready to sell.

Five ways to wow potential buyers

To impress potential buyers, there are five specific areas of your home to focus your decorating efforts. Don’t worry — these quick updates are not expensive. If you already hired a real estate professional, they can help determine your probable buyer

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Neutral kitchen staging
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More Is More: 9 Ways to Rock the Maximalism Trend

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There’s more to love in a maximalism-style living room. Image: Caseys Furniture

We love maximalism design for its lush colors and the “you can’t mess this up” style it delivers. Decorating trends kept minimalism strong for many years, until the idea of Hygge and the comfort lifestyle swept in. Decorating for comfort meant filling our homes with things we love. Maximalism means enveloping our homes with even more of those things. This style isn’t messy or random — you can’t achieve the look simply by filling your space with decor. You don’t have to commit 100 percent to maximalism, but you can borrow the best of the trend to transform your space. 

Maximalism: the basics

Gorgeous Ideas for Fall Porch Decorating

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Autumn is the perfect season for fall porch decorating. Image: Pottery Barn

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We absolutely love fall decorating. This is the season of pumpkin-everything, with rich and warm colors that welcome our friends and family into our homes. Decorating your porch for autumn starts with colors. Before you begin your fall porch decorating, you’ll need to create a color scheme. You’re definitely not limited to using only the typical fall colors, like orange and brown. You can expand your fall color scheme to include colors that look best with your home’s exterior. Here are some inspiring ideas for your fall decorating color scheme:

Best colors for fall decorating

10 Creative Ideas for Dining Room Walls

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Black dining room walls create a dramatic color palette. Image: Ramsey Interiors

Our dining room walls are the one space in our home that gives us creative license to do something totally unexpected. Even the tiniest of dining rooms can handle patterned wallpaper and dark wall colors. Yes, your dining room is shared with family and guests, but most often it sits empty. The good news is that because your dining room isn’t used 24/7, you can be more creative with color and decor. We love the idea of making our dining rooms a place where we want to spend more time. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for creating your dream dining room with creative wall inspirations:

Wood accent wall

A reclaimed wood accent wall warms up a light and open dining room. Image: Amek Custom Builders

1. Warm up your dining room with reclaimed wood

It’s a challenge to warm up

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12 Living Room Rug Ideas That Will Change Everything

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A modern pattern with accents of black and gold jazz up a neutral living room rug. Image: Rejuvenation

We’re always interested in easy ways to rev up living room decor. If you can only add one item to make a big impact in your space, an area rug is an excellent choice. The right living room rug can pull all of your accent colors together, add pattern to a neutral color palette or soften hard edges in a contemporary room.

5 things to consider when choosing a new living room rug

  • Size: Make sure your rug is the right scale for your room.
  • Color: Your new rug looks best if it features at least two of your accent colors.
  • Comfort: Choose a rug you love, but it’s also important that it feels good underfoot.
  • Care: Check the cleaning and maintenance of any rug you are considering.
  • Style: The good news
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20 Awesome Dorm Room Bedding Ideas for Inspiration

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Pastel dorm room bedding is a relaxing choice. Image:  Overstock

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We know that when you’re living in a small dorm room, your bed is everything. Your bed is not just the focal point of your room, it’s your homework space, sleeping spot and where your friends flop down for a visit. You want your dorm room bedding to reflect who you are while also setting the style for your space, especially if you’re sharing with a roommate.

We found bedding ideas for the most popular dorm room styles. When you go strong with your bedding decor, it sets the tone for the rest of the room. Add hot trends like macramé, mixed metals and fluffy accessories to customize your room. Here are

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Glam dorm bedding
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8 Swoon-Worthy Wallpaper Ideas

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Runge Chevron Temporary Wallpaper by Wrought Studio. Image: Wayfair

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Decorating with wallpaper is back in our creative toolbox. We’re loving the new patterns and colors. This is not the paper that we rush to cover or remove when we buy a home. The top wallpaper trends include graphic patterns, large-scale florals and metallic accents. In addition to the enticing new selection of colors and patterns, temporary wallpaper is now available from most major home retailers. This means there’s an option for every home or rental. Here are some of our favorite ways to use wallpaper:

Rose Gold Wallpaper

Create a stunning accent wall with a stylish pattern like Graham & Brown Rose Gold Reflections. Image: Graham & Brown 

1. Create an accent wall

When your space

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Tropical blue wallpaper
Stone mural wallpaper
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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

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A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it
Aqua front door
Lilac front door
Pastel green front door
Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
Cobalt Blue Front Door
Yellow front door
Orange front door
Gold front door
Peach front door
Pink front door
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12 Fresh New Front Door Colors to Welcome You Home

Cottage front door ideas

A cottage porch is the perfect spot for a colorful front door. Try Clark +Kensington Vintage Peach to get this look. Image: The Cottage Building Company

We love the look of a colorful front door to welcome guests into our home. Perhaps our front door is like our home’s jewelry — adding a little sparkle to the curb appeal. Painting your front door is one of the quickest (and prettiest) ways to change up your home’s exterior. Front door colors can be warm, cool or neutral. The freshest colors are warm and cool. You can use them as an accent in your exterior paint color scheme. Here are the freshest front door colors that we’re loving right now. 

Cool Front Door Colors

Our favorite cool front door colors include blue and purple shades. Green can be considered a cool color, but it can also be considered warm if it
Aqua front door
Lilac front door
Pastel green front door
Light blue front door
Purple front door
Green front door
Cobalt Blue Front Door
Yellow front door
Orange front door
Gold front door
Peach front door
Pink front door
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12 Dreamy Velvet Sofas You’ll Love

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Velvet sofas have found their way back into our living rooms. Once thought of as formal, velvet sofas and chairs had a renaissance in the 1960s when global decor was hot and earth tones ruled. 

Your velvet sofa can be a statement piece that you decorate around, rather than a predictable staple in your living room. This is your chance to lose the beige couch and dated accent pillows.  The new velvet sofas are often rich with jewel tones like royal blue and emerald green, but pastel colors are popping up in our living rooms, too. Here are some of our favorite velvet sofas in luscious colors: 

Velvet Sofas in Jewel Tones

A velvet sofa in a jewel tone doesn’t have to be

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7 Easy Ways to Decorate With Lilac

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Rich lilac walls highlight pretty white accents. Image: PPG Voice of Color

Lilac has unseated Millennial Pink as the most exciting pastel for our homes, and we couldn’t be happier. While pastel pink can be a soothing addition to a contemporary color palette, lilac and lavender are more versatile and easy to use. Once thought of as nostalgic and sentimental, today’s lilac works wonderfully in contemporary spaces with clean lines and simple decor, and in rustic spaces with a simple color palette.  Painting is an easy and quick way to introduce a new color to your home when you’re ready to decorate with lilac. Here are six on-trend lilac paint colors we love:

Six paint colors you’ll want to try

Why Your Foyer Needs Color (And How to Choose It)

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The foyer color combination of aqua and white creates a tranquil space. Image: Alexandra Rae Interior Design

We love foyers that are filled with color and personalized accents. Your foyer is not just a welcoming transition into your home; with a little planning, you can give guests a preview of what’s inside. Even if your home doesn’t have a dedicated foyer, you can still create a designated space near your front door that is both beautiful and functional.

If you use your side or back door more often, your foyer becomes a mudroom. Despite the name, this can be every bit as attractive as a traditional foyer — in fact, borrowing from the most useful features of a mudroom makes any foyer an essential space in your home.

Basic must-haves for a stylish (and functional) foyer

No matter where you situate your foyer, there are a few necessary items to
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7 Unexpected Ways to Update Your Kitchen Color Palette

We hope you like the products we recommend. Just so you are aware, Freshome may collect a share of sales from the links on this page.  After our long-term love of neutral and sparkling-white kitchens, we’re all craving a bit more color. You don’t have to change everything about your beautiful kitchen just to add new colors to your palette. Adding colorful accents can be inexpensive, although you can also choose to have a bigger impact by increasing your budget. Before you start shopping, it’s important to narrow down your wish list for your new kitchen color palette.
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Gold accents warm up a white kitchen. Image: Designs by Craig Veenker

Goals for updating your kitchen color palette

There are a few different reasons you may want to update your kitchen color palette:

Dark Colors in Small Spaces? Yes You Can! (Here’s How)

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Exotic prints and eclectic accessories brighten dark colors in a living room. Image: Ethan Allen

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Small rooms can be a decorating challenge, and we often reach for light colors in hopes of making the room look larger. However, a light color palette isn’t the only way to decorate a small space, and it doesn’t always make a room look larger. Don’t be afraid to use dark colors in even the smallest rooms of your home. With a few easy tips, your small spaces can handle a dark color palette.

Your powder room is the perfect spot for dark colors

Powder rooms may be small, but they can pack a big decorating punch. Your powder room or guest bath is used less often,

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Color Knockout: 20 Accent Chairs That Will Rock Your World

Colorful accent chairs are making waves in decor, and it’s not hard to see why: They’re an easy way to update and invigorate your space. If you find yourself boxed into a too-neutral color palette but you’re not ready to make a huge change to the room, add an accent chair for color or focus. One or two new accent pieces can turn your color palette around instantly. With your new accent chair color in place, adding a few decorative accessories in the same color will give your space that elusive put-together look.

Accent chairs are available in every decorating style and color, making it easy to find the perfect match for your home. Here are some of our favorites in the top decorating styles.

Contemporary accent chairs

Contemporary style is clean and unfussy, and contemporary accent chairs are great for rooms where you need a simple addition without clutter.
Modern Teal Chair
Green Modern Accent Chair
Contemporary White Chair
Contemporary Teal Chair
Lilly Pulitzer glam chair
Royal Blue Chair
Teal Accent Chair
Green Glam Chair
Colorful Boho Accent Chair
Fuchsia Boho Chair
Gray Print Boho Chair
Pink boho chair
Modern Farmhouse chair
Rustic Modern Plaid Chair
Modern rustic accent chair
Rustic modern accent chair
Blue mid-century chair
White mid-century modern chair
Wood mid-century modern chair
Mid-century cow pattern chair
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8 Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

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Modern farmhouse kitchens are rustic and relaxing. Image: Todd Glowka Builder, inc

Modern farmhouse style is a huge influence on kitchens right now. HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” propelled this warm and welcoming look into our kitchens in a big way. To achieve this style, it’s important to start with the must-have elements before bringing in your own creative touches. Once you nail the basics of modern farmhouse style, you can personalize it with your own color palette. Below, we outline eight easy tips for adding your own colorful accents while keeping a relaxed and rustic vibe.

Modern farmhouse style must-haves

  • Rustic architectural features like open beams, wood floors and unfinished mantels are the most recognizable elements of the modern farmhouse design.
  • White or light neutral colors are the most common palette.
  • Furniture is often artisan-created or designed with a craftsmen-like appearance.
  • Lighting should be the most modern element of the
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