Start With Good Lighting and More Advice On Filling a Home

Start With Good Lighting and More Advice On Filling a Home

Adrienne Breaux
May 17, 2014
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Where do you start when you want to fill a home? What do you leave out? What do you put in it and how do you do it? Find those answers and more in all the excellent real-life advice found in this week's top house tours.

Start with good lighting

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"Start with a well-lit space. The rest is easy if you’re willing to ignore the rules, be creative and patient. Great interiors come together over time. We also find that groupings of things look best when balanced with empty or minimal areas."

— From Masha & Colin's Worldly Abode

Get rid of excess

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"Get rid of excess and keep only the things you really love."

— From Matilde & Gustavo's Arts District Apartment

Invest and mix and match

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"Invest in the highest quality pieces that you can afford for your core furnishings (couch, dining table, reading chair); good lighting makes everything look better; don't be afraid to mix and match materials, eras and styles; plants make every room feel more alive."

— From Erin's Modern Loft

Plan it out first

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"Plan your space out if you can before moving in. We saved a lot of hassle by making a floor plan and measuring all our furniture beforehand. Also, don’t be afraid of gray walls if you have a lot of artwork or other accents."

Matt & Mel's Animated Abode

Be practical with planning money

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"Always account for at least an additional 15% on any calculations made for the costs of improvements. Things will always go wrong and you will need that buffer!"

— From Chris & Damian's Updated 1898 Echo Park Home

Find more great advice to steal for your home in all of our excellent tours:

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