5 Styling Secrets You Need To Know

Trick your guests into thinking you hired a pro with these design ideas

Photography: Masano Kawana (Main Photo)

It's safe to say that proper styling is the glue that holds a room together. It takes great skill and a keen eye to master the art of putting together or rearranging furniture pieces within four corners of a space. However, believe it or not, with a few tips and tricks, you can style your humble abode like a pro! Check out these helpful styling hacks that you can try on your next home makeover: 

1. Pick the paint color last. 

With thousands of colors and tones to choose from, it can be incredibly tricky to find the perfect paint. Not only that, the same tint can look different from home to home because light sources vary. To make sure your chosen shade matches your space, try to complete all the other elements first—furniture, accessories, or even gadgets—before using paint to pull everything together.  

2. Set up a focal point.

Every room needs a focal point to steal the show. This will set the theme of the room which helps you pick secondary pieces that match your main statement piece. It also serves as a conversation starter when you have guests over. 

3. Use a rug that can fit your furniture.

Using an area rug that is too small or too big can make your space look haphazard and undone. Create a more luxurious feel by using a piece that can fit all of your furniture within the four corners. Make sure to leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor space around the borders to avoid making the room look cramped.

4. Don’t be afraid to fuse different eras together.

For interiors that is classic and on-trend at the same time, try to experiment by creating a balance between different styles. Shabby Chic details like florals perfectly complement the Scandinavian style's clean lines and understated appeal. 

 5. Inject a sense of fun with color.

Whether it's abstract paintings, black-and-white photographs, or your kids' artwork, all of these can add an unexpected touch to your home. You can use these to highlight serious elements such as history and architecture or downplay a grand space with quirky pieces. 

PHOTOS: Masano Kawana (Main) | Marc Jao (1 and 2) | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

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