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Decorating 1838 Ideabooks

Congratulations. You’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing your first place or redoing the house you’ve owned for decades, decorating can be a challenging task, filled with costly decisions whose outcomes could haunt you for years. How do you figure out what style is right...
Decorating 101: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?
Once you’ve figured out what you want your home to look like, the big question is: Should you decorate it yourself or hire a professional? Or...
Decorating 101: How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?
You’ve just moved into a new home, and you’re ready to decorate. Or you’ve been in your home for a while and want to give the place a whole new look. And you want to do it yourself. The big question is: What’s it going to cost you? There’s...
How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Taste a Rainbow: 11 Top Home Decorating Colors and How to Use Them
You might love color; you might hate it. Beige could be the most used color in your apartment, or a stack of gray paint chips could make you cringe. No matter how you feel about color, there are endless ways to use it to make over a space, create a mood...
10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers
This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don't have any...
8 Things Interior Designers Want You to Know
Have you been dreaming of hiring an interior designer? Wondering if hiring a designer is right for you, or just want to know more about what the process is really like? We asked two Best of Houzz interior designers, Kate O’Hara of Martha...
Custom Draperies 101
I'm the biggest $@!#%& snob when it comes to dressing windows. My rule of thumb: Leave those panes bare until you're ready to drop some cash on the real deal. Pre-fab panels can sometimes turn out pretty nice, but most of the time they become a wrinkled,...
How to Savor Your Beautifully Imperfect Home
As someone who looks at a great deal of photos of beautifully designed homes every day, I know how the pangs of design cravings have the potential to overwhelm. Even three years after moving into our first home, my to-do and to-buy list is still a mile...
Room of the Day: A Piece of Manhattan Inspires a Brooklyn Apartment
From the towering trees of the forest to the solid mountains and the infinite expanse of the ocean, nature influences designers and homeowners. We frame views, choose colors and build homes to honor these anonymous masterpieces. Engineered constructions,...
Kilim, Flokati, Beni Ourain, Boucherouite: What’s the Difference?
From flat weave to shaggy, all natural or a riot of colors, these rugs are all hot with decorators — but which is which? If you’re on the hunt for a new rug, this mini guide to four types of popular rugs is here to help.
Houzz Tour: A Fresh Pacific Northwest Take on Midcentury Modern
“Wanting to spend time in your vacation home even in bad weather — that’s the litmus test,” says interior designer Ian McLeod. These homeowners are so thrilled with the renovation of their 1968 home in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, they head...
10 Tips for a College Apartment That Says ‘Home’
Your home should support you, help you relax at the end of a busy day and, when you’re a student, keep you going through long study sessions. But when it’s your very first apartment we’re talking about, creating a space that feels like home can...
How to Get Curves in All the Right Spaces
Curves can soften a living zone, draw the eye to a certain feature or focal point, and visually lengthen an area. When used well, they can enhance the flow of a room and be used to define different spaces. They can also...