Newell Turner's 31 Tips for Designing a Home

Newell Turner's 31 Tips for Designing a Home

Sarah Coffey
Jan 27, 2009

House Beautiful Style Director Newell Turner has been building his dream home over the past year, while the magazine follows the process. We featured his eclectic living/dining room on AT back in October, as a Recipe for Style. Now that he's almost finished, he has a few lessons learned...

Excerpts from Newell Turner's words of wisdom:

  • Plan Ahead: "Good decorating starts with a good floor plan."

  • Build Up, Not Out: "Ceiling height is as important as the square footage of a room."

  • Capitalize on Closets: Turner says that closet systems are key to maximizing your home's available space. "Otherwise, you have a rod, shelf, and wasted space up top."

  • The Power of Paint: "Painting door panels 50% lighter than the full door gives them greater definition."

  • Last but not least, a sentiment close to our own hearts: "Well-designed small houses can be more livable and enjoyable than McMansions."

For all 31 tips from House Beautiful, click here.

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