Designers Share the Decorating Secrets Only Professionals Know

Designers Share the Decorating Secrets Only Professionals Know

Cut Pre-Made Tile for a Custom Look
STEPHEN KARLISCH

“We typically cut readily available materials that are in standard sizes into smaller sizes of those same tiles,” Jessica Geller of Toldeo Geller reveals. The design duo used this budget-friendly method to create the custom tile design in this bathroom.

 

Wallpaper Your Appliances
BJORN WALLANDER

Have ugly appliances or simply want to change things up? Use peel-and-stick wallpaper, as designer Janie Molster did to the fridge and freezer in this kitchen.

 

Play With Pattern
ANTHONY GIANACAKOS

You can mix colors and patterns that'll push the envelope but still remain stylish and authentic. Just take it from designer Anthony Gianacakos, who did so in his own bedroom. "My strong suit is color and pattern combination," he says.

 

Fake a Window Using Mirrors
ALLIE PROVOST

In a basement room with no windows, Camila Pavone of Effortless Style Interiors came up with the idea to combine two mirrors to fake a window. It brightens up the space and makes it feel bigger.

 

Give Stainless Steel a Matte Finish
KEVIN SCOTT

"We love how this finish surface interacts with light; It is soft, subtle, and welcoming," says Suzanne Stefan of the stainless steel matte finish in her kitchen, which she created using Scotch-Brite. Learn more about the process here.

 

Find Space to Use Collected China
EMILY MINTON REDFIELD

“I wanted to fashion a space where you could have a friend over for coffee or tea…and actually use your collected china," says Marie Flanigan of this tea room she designed. It's proof that any collection can be a jumping-off point for a room.

 

Hide a Radiator With a Cabinet
LEANNE FORD INTERIORS

radiator can easily throw off your design vision. Make it a part of the room by building a cabinet over it, as Leanne Ford Interiors did here to reclaim the hallway space and turn it into a beautiful little reading nook.

 

Create a Cozy Quiet Room
KERRI MCCAFFETY

Don't underestimate the importance of a personal sanctuary. "I wanted it to feel like being wrapped in a warm blanket," says Melissa Rufty of this Southern library.

 

Use Lacquer-Effect Wallpaper
WERNER STRAUBE

"If someone draws on it, it’s a lot easier to repair than real lacquer!" — Corey Damen Jenkins

 

Bring Multifunctional Furniture Outdoors
HOMEGOODS

"Small, outdoor ceramic stools are great pieces of furniture that perform double duty. They can be used as extra seating or when placed close to a chair or sofa, they can serve as an additional surface to place your laptop during work hours or cocktails and small plates of food during an outdoor hangout." — David Quarles IV