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interior design ideas & decorating tips

  • Blue and orange

    How to quickly pick a color combination for any room

    Good color palettes start with a feeling. Before choosing a color palette for your room, decide how you want the room to feel. Once you have targeted that feeling it will be easier to choose a color palette using simple color theory. Start with the color that evokes that feeling for you and then choose from one of these three palettes.

  • MARIO BUATTA

    Here’s how to incorporate color into your home like a designer

    Color has the ability to instantly transform the entire personality of a room. It’s the reason designers spend so much time flipping through paint wheels and swatch books. Pinpointing the perfect hue and finding the right combination can be tricky, but when you nail the ideal palette, the results are guaranteed to be dazzling. AD asked some of the top talents in design to share their personal tips for mastering the art of color—from deploying punchy brights to creating golden glows.

  • White kitchen/"Secrets to make a small space look bigger"/Photo: The Nest

    9 secrets to make a tiny space look bigger

    A small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. Try these nine easy room-expanding tricks to help you maximize your square footage.

  • Parisian decorating/"Parisian decor on a budget"/Photo: Taschen

    How to get that Parisian décor je ne sais quoi on a budget

    The French have a way with just about everything, but we love their effortless ability to decorate their home. Here are nine tips that will help you beautify your space—just like a Parisian—on a budget.

  • AD's August issue.

    Laura and George W. Bush’s secluded Texas ranch

    At their magnificent 1,600-acre Crawford retreat, once known as the Western White House, Laura and George W. Bush live the green life in a house that is tailored for easygoing indoor-outdoor enjoyment

  • Outdoor rug

    12 outdoor pieces worthy of bringing inside

    With the lines blurring between outdoor and indoor decor, now's the time to get creative with your boundaries. By using your outdoor pieces indoors, you can add unique and unexpected style. Even better, you'll get your money's worth using these items year-round! Keep reading to see and shop a dozen of our favorites.

  • Hand-dipped indigo pillow from Etsy

    Summer Etsy finds to act on now

    Although browsing Etsy can be overwhelming, it's a great resource for home decor. After a lot of clicking and a few recommendations, we've come across shops deemed to be our Summer favorites. Among our latest picks include hand-dipped fabrics and custom pieces worthy of a splurge. Shop our finds, and link to your favorite Etsy shops in the comments below!

  • Degré by Eric Chevallier for Domeau&Pérès. AFP Photo, ©Jean-Etienne Portail // Degré by Eric Chevallier for Domeau&Pérès. AFP Photo, ©Jean-Etienne Portail (Degré by Eric Chevallier for Domeau&Pérès. AFP Photo, ©Jean-Etienne Portail)
  • Light walls

    Fabulous tricks for decorating small spaces

    Home décor that allows you to feel at ease in your personal space is always important, especially if there isn't much home to décor in the first place. If you live in a metropolitan city like New York, Los Angeles, or London, the trade up for close proximity to breathtaking cultural destinations and the best in nouvelle and traditional ethnic cuisine is often even closer quarters. However, just because the competitive market for affordable housing necessitates certain compromises when it comes to square footage, doesn't mean we have to sacrifice personal style when decorating small spaces. We posed our decorating issue to our favorite interior design guru, founder of Brooklyn based interior design store, Items of Interest, Susie Kurkowski. From paint techniques to lighting fixtures to furniture guidelines, here are Kurkowski's top 10 go-to design tricks for small spaces.

  • Basket Lamp by Nendo. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Nendo: photo by Akihiro Yoshida // Basket Lamp by Nendo. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Nendo: photo by Akihiro Yoshida (Basket Lamp by Nendo. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Nendo: photo by Akihiro Yoshida)

    Nendo turns traditional Japanese cooking utensils into contemporary lampshades

    Designers use utensils that have been around for centuries to create new design.

  • Zaha Hadid has become the first-ever woman to win the Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award for her creation, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects // Zaha Hadid has become the first-ever woman to win the Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award for her creation, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects (Zaha Hadid has become the first-ever woman to win the Design Museum’s prestigious Design of the Year Award for her creation, the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. AFP Photo, ©Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects)

    Zaha Hadid first woman to win Design of the Year award

    Architect Zaha Hadid's structure called "intoxicatingly beautiful."

  • Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica ©Photos by Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair // Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica ©Photos by Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair (Patch of Sky lamp by Fabrica ©Photos by Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair)

    Lamps reflect the weather outside

    The new invention is currently in the prototype stage.

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