In the dining room of this Cape Cod estate, a sea-grass rug covers the floor. Designer Kathryn M. Ireland reupholstered the owners’ Gustavian chairs and had the matching table made by the Lief gallery.
In a Hamptons bedroom by Lisa McFadden, two lively fabric patterns from Designers Guild call on a similar palette in different scales. The tulip print, Mei P’ing, graces the twin beds and Roman shade, while a geometric fabric covers the benches.
“The dining area in the great room was tricky because it’s so open,” says designer Summer Thornton of a Florida vacation home. She used Henredon’s Veneto dining table as the anchor, hanging Circa Lighting’s Gramercy chandelier over it. The slope of the arms of wicker Mallory dining chairs from Made Goods “gives them a certain elegance that separates them from outdoor furniture,” the designer says, and the vintage Indian dhurrie from Madeline Weinrib “brings age and history into the space.”
While this Maryland home features soot gray walls, a regal canopy adds a fanciful touch to a girl’s bedroom. Glass nesting tables from Donghia offer a sleek contrast. Nevis curtains by Lady Ann Fabrics are trimmed in a Samuel & Sons pom-pom fringe.
This Connecticut farmhouse nails country style. Underused neutrals rust and charcoal echo throughout with woodsy elements like oak, cedar, stone and leather.
This ultra-modern room uses color sparingly for a sleek look.
Designer Nina Farmer updated a period home with a Phillip Jeffries horsehair wall covering. Around a Keith Fritz table, dining chairs are covered in a textured linen jute from Holland & Sherry.
Pierre Frey’s Espalier wallpaper hints at a California home’s verdant surroundings, while a Serena & Lily hanging rattan chair defines another seating area. Metal chairs from Restoration Hardware are topped with Ikea sheepskins. “That’s a trick you see on Scandinavian blogs,” designer France Merrill says. “When it gets cold, a sheepskin makes things super cozy.”
In an Atlanta cottage designed by Shon Parker, a vintage Ralph Lauren Home bed rests on an antique Afshar rug; the ceiling is in Benjamin Moore’s Woodlawn Blue.
In a Nantucket beach house, the master bedroom walls have a decorative cross-glaze paint finish by Audrey Sterk, and an armchair by the window is the place for taking it all in.
Short pieces, like this tufted couch, keep an open floor plan cozy. Use area rugs to define individual “rooms” within the space.
A San Francisco apartment’s small dining room doubles as a library, where part of owner John Mayberry’s art collection is displayed — including an antique bronze Sukhothai Buddha acquired in Bangkok, a vintage zebra-skin rug from London and a lamp made from an antique Chinese burial urn.
Start with an all-white canvas and swap in seasonal accents all year-round. This summery living room uses cool blues, jute accessories and nautical accents for a beachy vibe.
Designer Christina Rottman describes this Santa Barbara suite as “one of the most luxurious guest bedrooms I have done.” Cozy bed-curtains in Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Senja fabric outfit the custom four-poster by Gregorius Pineo terra, providing a warm contrast to the black-and-white prints around the room.
In the dining room of her Charleston rental, stylist Jill Sharp Weeks mixes elements from different eras and cultures. The photography triptych by Rob Brinson features objects from Weeks’s collection of tribal jewelry.
In his designer Mackay Boynton created a dramatic backdrop for the bedroom by hanging a valance from the ceiling and along the wall and lining the canopy in a navy-and-white lattice-patterned fabric. The coverlet is an antique suzani, and the monogrammed shams are from Pottery Barn.
Justina Blakeney used her own Aja wallpaper in her home’s dining room, this time in Aubergine. It’s a bold backdrop for furnishings including a set of Verner Panton chairs — hand-me-downs from her grandparents. The vintage Bumling pendant and Turkish kilim were found on eBay.
Bedrooms can often be the forgotten room in your home because no one else sees it — but it should be the exact opposite, because it’s the one space where you get to recharge. With 100 different designer styles, there’s an idea for everyone here. And if you’re also seeking inspiration for other areas in your home, our bathroom and living room design galleries have hundreds of gorgeous tricks to steal.
Grownups can have pink bedrooms too. Colefax and Fowler’s Bowood wallpaper covers the walls and ceiling of a townhouse bedroom. A pink shade tops Thomas O’Brien’s Paolo sconce, matching the monogrammed linens and tufted bench.
A custom settee covered in cobalt fabric brings a surge of life to the master bedroom in a 1930s Georgian home. The headboard and Roman shades are in Chelsea Editions’ Gold Vine.
A family home’s master bedroom “has a cocooned, tree house feeling,” says designer Chloe Warner. Oly’s Willa bed is topped with shams in a checked pattern by Chelsea Textiles and a lumbar pillow in a Lee Jofa linen.
A neutral palette doesn’t always mean playing it safe. Layer textures and mix in flea market finds to keep things interesting like this glam home and avoid a flat appearance.
In the circa-1790 dining room of his Catskills, New York, weekend home, designer Juan Carretero painted the ceiling a high-gloss blush. “It gives your complexion a candlelit glow,” he says.
On the 40th floor of a Manhattan skyscraper, a round vintage table by Eero Saarinen echoes the curve of the windowed wall. The vintage Prague dining chairs are by Josef Frank.
In the kitchen of a South Carolina home by Michelle Prentice, a Danish dining table is surrounded by Jacob Kjaer chairs in Bretano’s Royalsuede and vintage French armchairs in Lee Jofa’s Tahira Ottoman fabric.
Our home design director Sarah Richardson elevated this cozy gray-and-cream bungalow with surprising touches of orange.
Your style may be posh, your furniture can still be cozy. Plush sofas and armchairs rule the roost in Ellen Pompeo’s L.A. home. “It’s fancy in a cool way, not in an ‘I can’t sit there’ way,” she says.
To create a calming atmosphere in a California vacation home, designer Frances Merrill brought in neutral colors, including a floor painted in Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray. A Blu Dot Dodu bed in oatmeal wool felt and boudoir pillows in Kerry Joyce’s Rigoletto velvet add texture, and the bedside lamps are from West Elm.
Whether it’s a complete overhaul or a quick change, spice up the family’s favorite room with these pro tips.
At a Lake Tahoe retreat, the formal dining area mixes rusticity and refinement. The custom plank table is large enough to seat 14 guests. The Aesthetic dining chairs are covered in a hair-on-hide leather by Cortina, “which feels perfect in the mountains,” says designer Matt O’Dorisio.
This breezy Florida living room (with happy-hued pillows) is as pretty as it is practical. The sofa is upholstered in water-resistant fabric to create a put-your-feet-up attitude.
The key to subtle color lays at your feet. A patterned carpet plays up the neutral furniture in a New Jersey home, while a similarly-hued pillow adds another punch to the armchair.
Architectural flat-file cabinets in his small bedroom give owner John Mayberry a surface for drawing as well as storage for completed works.
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A master bedroom designed by Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth celebrates softness. It features an upholstered headboard from Joseph Company and bedding made from Rogers & Goffigon fabrics. Two skirted chairs by McAlpine for Lee Industries sit beside a custom steel-frame mirror, hand-silvered by R Squared. The ceiling fixture from Remains Lighting is one of several lanterns in the house.
Dinner parties aren’t a problem here. In a home near Washington, D.C., the custom walnut table has rosewood banding and extends to seat 16.
Steal a space-faking secret from this tiny Brooklyn apartment. Choose a few full-size furniture pieces instead of cramming in lots of smaller ones. The living room will feel larger, and you’ll have a sofa you actually like to sit on.
Inject personality into your living space with energetic hues and quirky secondhand finds, like this colorful apartment’s coral sofa and gilded accent pieces.
Don’t forget to punctuate color with natural texture. Sarah Richardson used wicker baskets, a wood-frame mirror and an antique pine dresser to warm up this rustic cabin.
Walls in Benjamin Moore’s Clearlake are overlaid with a white-palm motif in a Florida bedroom. A portrait of the designer’s mother holding her dog hangs over the canopy bed.
With eight walls to work with, Charleston decorator Angie Hranowsky softened harsh angles with a bold Élitis wallpaper. A sculptural Room & Board canopy bed adds some geometry of its own in a neutral white.
A Brunschwig & Fils wallcovering gives a Hamptons dining room by Lisa McFadden an intimate feel.
In the dining room of Nestor Santa-Cruz’s Texas home, a re-edition of Poul Kjaerholm’s PK54 dining table is paired with vintage Maison Jansen chairs. “The table’s cube base talks to the square backs of the chairs,” notes Santa-Cruz.
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Achieve the drama of a major art piece inexpensively by displaying a tight grid of small frames.
HGTV host Emily Henderson uses a “hero color” throughout every room to pull it all together. In her Los Angeles home, blue with gray and olive accents creates a casual, layered look.
The verdant dining room of a Long Island home features walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s zesty Grenada Green and curtains in Quadrille’s Forbidden City fabric. Dining chairs are covered in a velvet by Schumacher. Antique chandelier from Meg Braff Designs.
In a Florida guest bedroom, designer Tammy Connor covered twin headboards in Matteo’s nubby Knot throws to amp up texture. She also made a graphic pattern on the wall out of vintage spools of thread.
Need space, stat? Swap boring shelving for more decorative options, then load up on fabric boxes or baskets to hide an overflow of knick knacks.
In a renovated Tudor beach house on the New Jersey shore, Colleen Bashaw conjures a riot of boho quirk for Scott Belair, the cofounder of Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. The breakfast room’s wallpaper is Brett Design’s Knit Large.
In a pattern-happy home, Anne Maxwell Foster and Suysel dePedro Cunningham covered the bedroom walls in Sandberg’s Raphaël wallpaper. A Tilton Fenwick for Target headboard is upholstered in the duo’s Jax fabric for Duralee.
Graceful prints and a muted palette lend quiet intimacy to a guest bedroom in a mountain getaway. The walls and valances are in a Brunschwig & Fils hound-dog toile. An antique needlepoint of terriers watches over the room.
A custom de Gournay wallpaper creates a secret garden in a Manhattan apartment. The cushions on the Scalamandré bamboo armchairs are covered in Mengikat by Kravet; the settee is also by Kravet.
In the breakfast room of a 1930s home, designer Christopher Maya cultivated a lighthearted mood with an oval table of his own design and Hepplewhite side chairs from J&M Antiques that he stripped and bleached to give them a relaxed look. Floors were painted with an octagonal honeycomb pattern by Artgroove. Curtains and walls in a custom Tree of Life pattern from the Christopher Maya Collection. Italian chandelier, David Duncan Antiques.
A Dallas home feels bohemian and well-traveled thanks to wood floors and gray walls. The neutral base helps a bold kilim-covered sofa and mix-and-match throw pillows shine.
Yep, white furniture can work in a house with kids. Just choose durable fabrics (a leather couch) and surfaces (the plastic rocker, the lacquer table) that wipe clean easily.
This Toronto home achieves balanced decor without being too matchy-matchy. The furniture and accent pieces are diverse, but the symmetrical design grounds the look.
Exposed brick and a thrifted coffee table work together to create a country vibe in this rustic room. Consider your living space as a place for your collections, too, like this homeowner’s vintage fans.
The petite scale of the Colonial-era house required designer Jill Sharp Weeks to abandon symmetry and overlap one of the master bedroom’s windows with the king-size bed. The upholstered headboard is by Restoration Hardware, and the lamps are from Ralph Lauren Home.
Give beige a break. Dramatic hues can drench a large living room, like this inky wallpaper. The deep blue provides a surprisingly neutral backdrop.
To nail the hue of a Manhattan dining room, Celerie Kemble matched Fine Paints of Europe lacquer to a Pantone color. Kemble’s Yves dining table and Cassandra chairs in a George Spencer Designs velvet are from Henredon.
The quickest way to let light in starts at the source. Replace heavy fabric curtains with gauzy ones, making sure the panels go all the way to the floor. To accentuate a tall ceiling, mount the drapes about a foot above windows and doors.
Makeover a room by rethinking the pieces you already have. Use up leftover wall paint on the frame of an old chair or refresh curtains and pillows by sewing fancy trim along the edge.
Setting up a booze station on your bar cart is a no brainer — but using it as an end table (especially when space is limited) to display blooms, art and coffee table books is just genius.
Measuring just 250 square feet, a tiny guesthouse copies a staple of Scandinavian style. Bright white shiplap creates the illusion of added space.
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The neutral palette throughout a South Carolina home is maintained in the master bedroom, where Michelle Prentice chose Kravet’s Wild Silk for the curtains. The four-poster bed is from Hickory Chair. With its many mirrored surfaces, “the room sparkles so much at night, it feels lit by candlelight,” the designer says.
Zoffany wallpaper frames a niche in a colorful Texas home’s guest bedroom. Antique furniture and white bedding balances out the bold walls.
Antique Chinese porcelain birds rest on gilt-wood brackets in an eclectic dining room by Mackay Boynton. The dining chairs are from a local country club. The cashmere throw on the cane armchair is by Ralph Lauren Home.
Designer Nina Farmer layered shades of gray with autumnal colors in a New England home’s master bedroom. The walls are now sheathed in Phillip Jeffries’s soothing silk-and-abaca wallpaper. The custom Roman shades are in a Holland & Sherry print. A Circa Lighting ceiling fixture casts a warm glow reminiscent of the golden leaves on the river birch trees that line the property.
Designer Gary McBournie covered a Nantucket cottage’s dining room with reflective Champagne on Pewter Leaf wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries. “It’s really nice at night, with the candles lit,” he says. “It provides a soft, dull reflection with great warmth.” The chairs are designed by Duane Modern.
Perfectly paired linens bring this elegant master suite together. The exterior canopy and bed skirt are in Manuel Canovas’s Solange fabric, and Leontine Linens’ bedding has a curvaceous border that visually anchors the bed in the ethereal space. Tufted armchairs upholstered in Holland & Sherry’s Kensington wool felt face a TV that slides out from under the bed.
The restoration of a Charleston guesthouse revealed traces of blue pigment on the original lime-washed walls, which inspired the palette of a guest room.
Save square footage without sacrificing seating by using dining chairs in the living room. A rattan-and-cane perch takes up less real estate than a traditional recliner.
In a blue-and-white beach house, Schumacher’s Feather Bloom sisal wallpaper by Celerie Kemble “acts like a breather,” says designer Andrew Howard. He hung a pair of lanterns by Circa Lighting above the homeowners’ existing Hickory Chair table and chairs. “They feel less formal than a chandelier.”
Change up tired decor with this quick DIY. Add old wood planks to a coffee table as a bonus shelf. And skip painting — the weathered finish has more character.
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After a dramatic makeover, a Texas dining room now bursts with high-octane design, from the Zuber wallpaper to the molding’s Pantone shade of Piquant Green.
Avoid future boredom with calm colors using texture and pattern. In a dreamy beach house, muted prints in the same palette keep a neutral room from looking bland.
Don’t overlook a DIY project. Justina Blakeney designed the curvy headboard with built-in nightstands for her “Jungalow”. The bed is dressed in a Matteo duvet cover and a vintage Moroccan wedding blanket. The rug is by Blakeney for Loloi. The ceramic pendant lamp and artwork are vintage.
For a wind-scoured, airy feel, designer Tammy Connor gave a beach house bedroom a queen bed made of recycled wood. Framed shore-bird prints from Antonio Raimo Galleries hang in a tight grid, and vintage hurricane lamps were turned into reading sconces by John Turner.
Textiles can make a world of difference, especially in worldly patterns. Designer Michelle Nussbaumer covered dining room chairs in Senegalese prints for a big dose of “wow.”
“This room was inspired by Charleston’s eclectic history as a melting pot of various cultures and religions,” designer Cameron Schwabenton says of a 1770s guesthouse. A vintage Bottega Veneta suitcase sits against the rough plaster wall, and the linen and raw-silk canopy creates the illusion of a four-poster bed. The Douglas Balentine drawing over the bed is meant to serve as the room’s centerpiece.
The antique wooden beams are a welcome contrast to the modern furniture in an airy farmhouse.
A Hamptons dining room features Modern Living Supplies chairs in a Rubelli fabric. The custom Knotty Bubbles chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman.
An open floor plan like in this Connecticut cottage creates one large space for entertaining. Two columns (garage-sale finds from years ago) stand at the corners of the kitchen, anchoring the room.
In the master bedroom of a Charleston guesthouse, the custom cypress platform bed has a roll-out trundle for guests with children. The hand-blown-glass chandelier is by David Taylor. The fur pillows were made from a vintage Pierre Cardin coat.
To update a ’60s Houston house, Ray Booth and Elizabeth Kennedy outfitted the dining room with a sleek Bradley table. The McAlpine for Lee Industries chairs are covered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen blend and the curtains are in a Holly Hunt fabric.
De Gournay’s hand-painted tea paper gives a Connecticut dining room its dazzle, while the mirror came from an an antiques show. “It’s perfect,” says designer Elizabeth Bauer Watt. “It has a great shape, but it’s not a big gilt thing taking attention away from the paper.”
Look to the opposite end of the color spectrum to tie everything together. A moody blue grounds a windowed living room by Sarah Richardson without overwhelming it.
In a Florida pied-à-terre, walls in Benjamin Moore’s Salmon Peach contrast with curtains in a green Norbar Fabrics linen and a Dash & Albert rug.
Catherine Olasky chose “one of [her] all-time-favorite prints” — Nympheus linen by Thomas O’Brien for Lee Jofa — for the dining room curtains in her Texas home. South African Wonki Ware pottery is displayed in one of two hutches original to the house.
In the dining area of an island getaway, a Sedgwick & Brattle rope-wrapped chandelier hangs over a custom Global Views table. The McGuire chairs have cushions in a fabric from Jerry Pair.
The pink upholstery on these vintage chairs pop thanks to a coat of high-gloss white. Floors here and throughout the Virginia house are painted in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore mixed with clear stain.
Designer Lindsey Coral Harper piles on patterns in her Manhattan bedroom, with Quadrille’s Bali Isle wallpaper and a Jayson Home chair covered in Madeline Weinrib’s Daphne ikat. The Madison headboard from Lamshop is upholstered in Kravet’s Guilty Pleasure. The wardrobe and stool, in a Duralee fabric, are vintage Milo Baughman. An Ikea armoire has hardware from Nest Studio.
Lilac runs throughout a Park Avenue apartment, including the master bedroom’s custom headboard and hummingbird wallpaper by Cole & Son. Linens from Restoration Hardware cover the bed, and the swing-arm light is from Vaughan. Pottery Barn’s Duncan Diamond rug adds a neutral counterpoint to a room filled with pattern and color.