interior design

Get Out! Create a Great Outdoor Space

Making the most of our outdoor spaces is top priority these days. To get you started, five top designers show how they created functional open-air living areas that look great and add comfort and value to their clients’ homes all season long.

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Create a Bathroom Oasis without Breaking the Bank

Renovating a bath is an investment that can make daily life more enjoyable while adding value to your home. Three top designers show how to create a show-stopping space by mixing quality basics with splurge-worthy accents that will look amazing and keep your budget on track. Design by Marianne Jones; Photo by Beth Singer.

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Scale & Proportion

In interior design, size does matter. Just because a piece can be squeezed into a space doesn’t mean that it belongs there. Scale and proportion are paramount. Furniture, lighting, art, and accessories and how they work in relationship with one another need to be carefully considered, as design firm RL Concetti has done in this image. Three design pros weigh in with their expert advice on attaining proper scale and proportion.

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Some Bright Ideas

The days are getting  noticeably shorter and Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 1, so it’s the perfect time to focus on lighting. Proper lighting contributes immeasurably to a space (as seen in this kitchen designed by Schaerer Architextural Interiors), whether it’s task lighting or atmospheric. Three top designers share some illuminating tips about how to best take advantage of natural and artificial lighting.

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Designers’ Go-to Colors

Whether you’re looking to make a bold statement or create a neutral background, updating a room’s paint color is a simple way to make an immediate impact. Several top designers share their tried-and-true favorite colors they rely on again and again in their design projects.

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Window Treatments

With spring right around the corner, windows take center stage as our thoughts turn to balmy breezes and the sun-filled days ahead. Top designers share their tips for creating window treatments that frame the view and finish the room beautifully.

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Open Floor Plans

While prior to World War II, most homes had a central hallway that provided access to separate rooms with specific functions, innovations in construction materials and a more casual lifestyle have given way to homes with more open concepts. Several of the area’s top interior designers share their tips for creating functional open floor plans for their clients’ homes.

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Mantel Décor

The holidays are right around the corner and many of us will be adorning our fireplace mantels with seasonal favorites. But the holidays aren’t the only opportunity to dress up this key focal point in many homes. We asked a few of the area’s top designers to share their tips for creating a stunning mantel.

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