Our Best Advice: Master These 4 Decor Skills & Up the Ante on Any Room

updated Mar 11, 2020
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If you’re interested in making your home beautiful, useful and just plain fun to be in, there are some basics of design you need to know. The good news? Once you learn this stuff, you’ll be able to use it in any room, in any home, forever. We’ll help you get started. C’mon.


Good lighting is and always will be a make-or-break element to any room and it’s so easy to get right!

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  • Dress Up Your Space & Adjust the Lighting

A Vignette

Learn to make a gorgeous vignette and you can create interesting arrangements anywhere and with practically anything.

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  • Create a Gorgeous Vignette in 6 Steps!
  • Foolproof Vignettes: 3 Arrangements You Can’t Mess Up
  • How To: Create a Visual Vignette
  • Display Your Style: Creating the Perfect Vignette
  • Easy Home Decorating Ideas: 9 Tips For Your Best Tabletop Vignettes Yet

The RIGHT Paint Color

Don’t try trial and error on your walls when you could get it really right the first time.

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Get the right furniture placement and spacing and your room will become a nicer, easier place to be.
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