20 Secrets of interior design

You can have your dream home with these 20 secrets which no one has ever told you about interior design. Use them to create the perfect space.

One pair of pillows always looks skimpy. Use two pairs, in contrasting patterns, colours, and textures.

Small-scale furniture only makes a small bedroom look smaller. Try a high bed and a tall headboard. Your room will grow.

An open armoire is more interesting than a closed one. Let people into your secret world.

Dark walls do the opposite of what you'd expect: They make a small room feel bigger, just ensure that you have loads of natural light in the room.

The fastest way to make over sliding closet doors is to wallpaper them.

Wall brackets can bring order to a large collection or odd shapes.

Use a rug instead of a bath mat. It was made to withstand a lot more wear than the occasional wet foot.

There's no rule that a living room has to have a sofa.

You'll never get tired of a white room.

Four lamps are better than two. You need ambient light for mood and direct light for reading

Keep throws under control. Fold them lengthwise, then in half, then tuck them into cushions.

The most versatile coffee table you'll ever own is an ottoman topped with a tray.

Too many chair and table legs can make a room "nervous." A skirted piece or two will make it feel "grounded."

Gold is back in a big way. A few accents will warm up a room.

The most indestructible fabric for dining chairs is leather or vinyl. Especially if you want white.

Mix up the seating at your dining table. You wouldn't have eight identical chairs in your living area.

If you are lucky enough to have a walk-in closet love them. Paint them, paper them, hang pictures in them to inspire you. And definitely light them.

Don't be afraid to paint a vintage piece. Every piece of furniture can't be brown.

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