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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019

Direct-to-consumer brands shake up home renovation

Paint and supply companies Clare and Backdrop both launched in 2018 with splashy e-commerce sites, social media feeds and similar price points to their bricks-and-mortar competitors. Perhaps most notably, in …


10 home design trends to watch for in 2019

The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its annual forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends spotted among its 40 million monthly users. It …


Design Recipes: How to use Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year in your home

Pantone’s new Color of the Year is Living Coral. Orange? Not really. Living Coral is updated and fresh, not orange, not peach, but instead, according to the celebrated Pantone Institute, …


Design Recipes: The do’s and don’ts of decorating with gray

The color gray is often considered to be drab and gloomy, but the reality is, gray is one of the most versatile colors in home decor.


Why always white trim? These designers are breaking the mold

Ask most designers what color they usually paint interior trim – no matter the wall color – and they will tell you the same: white.


Upcycled treasures: Put a shine on some of the old junk in your house

Summer is a hard time for me to think about decorating; I mostly turn my focus outside to my garden and porch. But I do use these months to edit …


Making a splash with water-themed decor

Summer for many of us means reconnecting with water – lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some relaxing pool. And that connection isn’t confined just to the …


Ask a Designer: decorating indoors with plants

From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects.


Why some designers genuinely love faux materials

What you lose in integrity, you make up for in savings, and these days, most folks can’t tell the difference.


An argument for the color that makes everybody look (and feel) good

Rose Quartz is a soft light pink that, according to Pantone, fulfills “our yearning for reassurance and security.” If you ask me, it’s just the sort of calming color our …


How to bring hotel chic home

In “Hotel Chic at Home” (The Monacelli Press), author Sara Bliss tries to capture the transformative power of travel, and that moment in a stylish hotel when you say to …


Our favorite decor in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery

Pantone selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, based on research that shows everyone just wants a big, deep breath of air. “We don’t all have access to the …


After the holidays: a great time to rethink your decor

The days after the holiday guests have gone home and the decorations have been put away can be clarifying. Suddenly, rooms that have been crowded with people and gifts have …


For a look that’s truly timeless, choose historical paint colors

Every autumn, the major paint brands name colors they think will dominate decorating trends the following year. So far, 2017 looks fancy. There’s Dunn-Edwards’s Honey Glow, Benjamin Moore’s Shadow and …


Matte finishes are a top fall decor trend

Take a look through the fall decor catalogs or browse the aisles of furnishings stores and you’ll see a recurring theme: matte finishes.


Museum to Home: Collections inspire design and decor

When you visit a museum exhibit, you might be so taken by an item – a striking textile, say, or a cool artwork – that you’d love to actually own …


Mix and match is the modern way to furnish a dining room

When choosing the right dining table and chairs, there are no rigid rules. Think about mixing and matching pieces instead of plunking down money for a perfectly matched set, experts …


Makeover can take stairway to new heights

Staircase areas can be “a great spot to introduce your personal style,” says Brian Patrick Flynn, who designed HGTV’s “Dream Home 2016,” the design network’s annual house giveaway.


Decorating tricks to disguise – or highlight – the TV

Television screens just keep getting bigger, which is great if you’re an avid binge-watcher, but not so convenient if you’re trying to decorate a living room or bedroom with one …


How to decorate with antiques and heirlooms

In this age of minimalism and decluttering, the common response to an offer of a family heirloom or antique might be, “I don’t have space,” “It’s not my taste,” or …


Home decor goes tropical this summer

If there’s one decor trend that hits summer’s sweet spot, it’s tropical style.


Ideas for a cheerful post-holiday mantel

When January arrives, even Christmas-loving homeowners might be happy to put away Santa and his reindeer. But the post-holiday mantel and fireplace can look strangely bare.


Subtle variations make difference with white

NEW YORK – So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites …


Project solves puzzle of what to do with cards

We all enjoy getting Christmas cards, but what’s the best way to display them? And what do you do with all those beautiful cards at the end of the season? …


Giving front door a color boost makes strong first impression

When Tracy Proctor Williamson bought her house in Larchmont, N.Y., a year ago, it was “just a kind of dark and sad-looking building.” The front door and trim were a …


Tom Kelly: Well-decorated homes appeal to buyers no matter the season

The neighborhood kids all arrived, bundled in holiday scarves and hats, plus patent leather shoes usually reserved for weddings and Sunday Mass at St. Theresa’s. Our old house, a large …


Wide range of colors and styles should broaden holiday design choices

Following the general trend in home décor, holiday trim and accessories this year are an eclectic mix of traditional and non-traditional colors and styles. Remember when blue or pastel pink …


Allow colors to enliven your life

Recent studies show that the colors you use in your home can influence how your food tastes, sharpen your concentration, improve your sleep, and even enliven your sex life. Here’s …


3-D printing expands design possibilities

Looking for that perfect light for your home office? A new chair or coffee table? You might try making it yourself, at home, with just the click of a button. …


Proper care can ensure china, silver, crystal look their best at holidays

Company’s coming. Is your dinnerware ready? With Thanksgiving in sight and the Christmas season hot on its heels, now is a good time to take stock of your fine dinnerware …