8 Stylists' Tricks That Really Work

We look at a lot of photos of interiors, and there are a few tricks we see again and again. Why? Because they almost always work...

We've asked a few magazine writers, stylists, and photographers about how they stage a home, and every single one told us that they rarely add anything, but they often subtract. Editing is probably the single easiest way to ramp up a room's sense of style.

Simplicity applies to color as well. Photos look great when you group similar hues together in a collection or keep the color scheme as basic as possible.

We also see a lot of photos with just one or two details that show someone actually lives there, whether it's a pair of shoes by the door or a half-full water glass. For examples from the full list, click through the photos above:

1 Leave a couple of things out of place.
2 Display your best stuff, and hide the rest.
3 Group collections by color to create a sense of cohesion.
4 When in doubt, decorate with symmetrical pairs.
5 Make an instant tablescape with artwork, books, and a lamp.
6 Subtract, and then subtract some more.
7 Use one large-scale piece to create a focal point.
8 Don't forget the plants and flowers.

(Images: Living Etc., Tine K Catalog, Marie Claire Maison, Ideal Home, Phoebe Howard, Seven, The Rug Company, Inspace)

Post originally published 10.16.09

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