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Decorate like a designer: Try out these designer details secrets

A bathroom counter feels fresh, modern and elegant. (Design Recipes/TNS)
A bathroom counter feels fresh, modern and elegant. (Design Recipes/TNS)
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Design isn’t always seen and heard. Often the best design techniques are small, hidden touches. Less is often more. Some of the best designs aren’t always made in the big moments but in the small details. From color to the right furniture, fabrics, artwork and accessories, we’ve assembled some designer details secrets.

Incorporate shape blocking

This involves the repetition of shapes or patterns to make a design feel cohesive.

Use thoughtful accents

Accessories are critical elements of a room. Incorporate colors and items that look like they belong together.

Go white

Sometimes white or neutral colors can make a soft and soothing palette.

Use pops of color

Subtle but purposeful pops of color can help highlight a space.

Vary height

Don’t use items that are all one height.

Use vignettes

Vignettes are small, thought-out design elements such as successfully paired together.

Don’t ignore surfaces

Don’t forget surfaces such as dressers and countertops. These are great opportunities to continue your design statement.

Dress your shelves

Bookshelves or open shelves throughout the home should be functionally yet aesthetically pleasing. Blend books with decorative elements.

Don’t forget artwork

Consider artwork instead of mirrors over dressers. Often this is an opportunity to continue a color story in a room.

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go green

Infuse greenery or natural elements. Many designers use organic and natural elements such as moss, greenery, reeds, branches, twigs and stones as filler design elements for spaces such as shelves, countertops and side tables.

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