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Should Lights Match Throughout Home?

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ANSWERED BY ASHLEY MECHAM • JUL 10, 2019

Hi Brittany,

This can be a tricky question as it depends on if the upstairs is open to the downstairs. If you have a foyer that is open and can clearly see the hallway upstairs or even lights upstairs I would suggest to keep the lights the same for a cohesive look. 

Now if there is a distinct seperation between the upstairs and downstairs, like...

Hi Anna-Maria,

One of the rules I always get is do my furnishings styles have to match?  The answer is no. Now do the colors and the finishes have to? The answ...

Hi Barb,

Before I answer this, I have some questions for you. Are the appliances dated? Are they in good shape?  If they are in good shape and note dated yes. ...

Hi Evelyn,

The neutral tones of the sofa you are debating I think will work great in your space. I've added in some pictures to your board of lighter toned gray sofas in traditional living rooms and they all pair nicely with warm elements like wood. Some ways to make sure that the couch fits i...

Hi Jill,

Hi Jill,

There are furniture rules you should stay true to and there are rules you should break. In the seventies and eighties everything in your living...

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Choosing a Bath Mat

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ANSWERED BY ASHLEY MECHAM • JUN 10, 2019

Hi Amber,

The days of matching bathroom sets are behind us, so looking for a unique and design look in the bathroom doesn't have to be difficult. Since you have found a shower cur...

Hi Wan,

Continuing flooring throughout different spaces is a great way to keep a cohesive feel throughout a home. That can be said for even a small half bath. With the smaller space of a powder room continuing flooring from the hall to the bathroom is a greatway to make the powder room feel la...

Hi Shelby,

Creating a cohesive exterior is important to the curb appeal of your home! Ultimately the best option for a consistent exterior is just to remove the shutters. You could stop there or maybe try just adding trim around the windows to dress them up instead of the shutters because of t...

Hi Victoria,

Thank you for reaching out to the Decorist Design Bar! I love your kitchen nook and your quartz dining table with the tulip base. What a great statemen...

Hi Victoria! 

 

Thanks so much for reaching out! I am one of the biggest wallpaper advocates around, so you’ve come to the right place with this questi...

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Accessory Help

Need help picking accessories to give your room a new look? Our interior designers can help with pillows, tabletop or mantle decor, lighting and lamps, art, rugs, and more. Examples of Accessory Help questions include help on creating a gallery wall of art an pictures in your living room, finding new bed linen and lighting to update your bedroom, decorating a nursery with wallpaper, or giving your family room a new look by adding new pillows and a new rug in a fresh color.

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If you need help with a tricky floor plan, decorating a tiny space, or ways to mix two different design styles, our interior designers can give you professional advice to find a design solution. Examples of Design Dilemma questions include help on creating different functional areas within an open concept floor plan, making a tiny bathroom feel larger, or finding ways to mix traditional furniture in a modern style space.

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Our interior designers have decorated thousands of rooms between them and have worked with the whole spectrum of color. If you're trying to decide on a paint color for any room in your home, or to do a little DIY transformation of an item of furniture, our designers can help. Want the perfect shade of blue for your bedroom or a bold accent wall in yellow for your living room that won't look too glaring? Submit a Paint Color question and get your answer in 24 hours.

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If you're having trouble finding that one item of furniture, our designers can provide you with options personalized for your space. Looking for the perfect sofa that will work in a traditional style room? Need a small-scale armchair to fit into a cozy corner? Our designers have access to special brands and are up to date with the latest design and decorating trends in the marketplace. The interior design who answers your design question can provide you with options that you might not have thought of, from brands you may not be as familiar with.

Choosing Art

Finding art is one of the most frequently submitted questions our interior designers get. Art can help transform a space and is one of the hardest things to find. Great art also doesn't have to be expensive and our interior designers are great at finding options at every decorating budget level. The most interesting and dynamic designs also mix art from different styles and our designers can help you put together different pieces of art in your room.

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