We all have that one friend whose home looks effortlessly cool. The kind of home where everything is just right, but looks as if it took a weekend to throw together. The rooms in the NoMad hotel have this same appeal — hip, casual, and definitely worth emulating at home.Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, the NoMad is located in a revived Beaux Arts building in — naturally — the NoMad (North of Madison Square Park) district of Manhattan. While the reception area, library and bar are gorgeous, they're a little dramatic for home design. The rooms, however, are full of ideas for apartment living, from filling small spaces to dealing with awkward doorways.
- Sick of gallery walls? Try hanging your art in an even, horizontal line around the room. It looks cool and nicely shows off each piece.
- Take advantage of tiny spaces. In this room, the wall between the windows could have easily been overlooked. Instead, it cleverly houses a small desk that adds dimension while also being useful.
- Hang a neutral curtain over an awkward doorway. Paired with neutral walls, this curtain looks elegant and visually expands the space, while providing privacy.
- Try a bold hue on half the wall. If you want to try a bright color, but are too nervous to do an entire room, try doing an accent panel partway up the walls.
- Group lights together. We say it time and time again — accent lights make your home look bigger and more welcoming. Here, a sconce and a floor light are paired together in the same corner — they each serve a purpose and together they add an eclectic touch to the room.
For more information, see The NoMad Hotel.