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Creating a Stylish Salon Wall

Hanging a piece of art on the wall is easy. Assembling a collage of seemingly disparate works takes more thoughtful consideration. Read on to learn how to nail the most inspiring gallery wall.

Displaying a collection of artwork with a loose, purposefully imperfect impulse dates back to the 16th century, when collectors would construct "cabinets of curiosities" to display their pieces. Often stretching from floor to ceiling, these epic displays communicated their owners' wealth, knowledge, taste, and power. Looking to display yours? ;) Consider these design tips.

Curate a Collection

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If you're feeling overwhelmed by the thought of an eclectic grouping, consider sticking to one style of artwork. Highlighting a single artist or medium will ensure that your assortment feels cohesive. In the Spades' home, a sharp grouping of Hugo Guinness prints feels balanced and clean, yet the diversity of shapes and icons provides levity.

Go Low, Go High 

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We're conditioned to believe that we should should hang art at eye level (generally 57" at the center of the piece). However, some of the most intriguing salon walls begin just above the floor (or even, as pictured above, on the floor!). Don't be shy; your collection can sit just below the crown molding.

Mix and Match 

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According to Austin-based interior designer Maureen Stevens, a layered look calls for mixing and matching different materials. "Do not be afraid to mix different wood tones or design styles but...edit, edit, edit. Mix and match 3-5 design styles. How about Victorian Mid-Century Modern? Baroque and ornate frames will be lovely with burl wood frames; Industrial vintage calls for rustic wood frames mixed with black metal. Another tip? Do not just limit your wall to photos or art; hang mementos, objet trouvés from trips, and other amazing finds."

Add Dimension

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Consider incorporating some elements that protrude from the wall for a more bohemian, collected look.

Opt for Shelves Instead

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Looking for a less-permanent installation? Miami-based interior designer Malachy Carron recommends shelving: "I use picture shelves and stack the photos and artworks in the same style frame in an array of sizes. In my kids rooms, I use six long picture shelves with a bunch of their framed school art."

Space It Out

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Interior Designer Maureen Stevens also suggests keeping the collection tightly spaced. "Less room between pieces works best! 3-6 inches is the golden rule. A curated wall is all about cohesion and how each piece relate to one another; if they are closer then they communicate with each other more."

Make a Map

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Once you've chosen your look, be sure to map it out. Most design pros will instruct you to lay out your collection on the floor before hammering a single nail. Start by laying out a large roll of paper. Then, arrange, rearrange, and rearrange again. Once you've landed on a collage that you love, trace each piece onto the paper. Transfer the paper map to the wall and start hammering.

A Designer's Advice for Choosing a Color Palette

The space of your dreams begins with a considered color scheme.

Selecting a color palette that feels cohesive, layered, and nuanced is overwhelming to most. Yes, it's important to consider your space and the furnishings that you have, but you should also have fun with the process. We've gathered some interior design tips that will allow you to commit with confidence.

Starting from Scratch

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If you're lucky enough to work with a blank slate, select a color that you absolutely love and run with it. Beginning with your favorites will lead you to a palette that you love. Often, we're drawn to tonal or complimentary colors, so chances are, things will work together. That said, you don't want your home to feel like a clown house, so you must learn the art of editing.

Begin with the wall color (this should be your favorite color). Then, move to the main piece of furniture in the space (like the sofa) and select either a tonal shade or a complimentary color for the piece. For example, if you select a deep, lush green for the walls, consider a lighter shade of green for the sofa or a complimentary color like coral. Layer in other desired shades through patterned accent pieces and accessories in the room, and voilà , you will have the beginnings of a developed and considered palette.

Embracing What You Already Have

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If you already have a few key pieces of furniture and are looking to develop a color palette that pulls them together, here's my advice: survey all of the pieces together and determine whether or not they actually work. If you're unsure, solicit an outsider's eye. Ask the friend who is your go-to for decorating advice. If there is any hesitation, it may be time to let go of the pieces that you can live without and replace them with something more intentional. If the answer is yes, there's likely a dominant color that you can pull to serve as a unifying wall color. If the pieces are different colors but compliment one other, consider a white backdrop that allows the varying accent colors to pop.

Capturing Your Essence

Artist and style icon Beatrix Ost

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This tip may sound a bit hocus pocus-y to you, but give it a chance. Each of us has an essence that is outwardly communicated to the world with the colors we choose to wear and surround ourselves with. LA-based color expert Jennifer Butler has spent her career reading clients' colors, and ultimately, transforming their lives. You can take a free quiz on her website to understand your own color essence. Once you have a better understanding of what your true colors are, think about incorporating them into your home to bring the space to life.

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The One Piece of Furniture You've Been Missing

Whether functioning as a room divider or adding a pop of pattern, a screen will be your new best friend.

For decades, folding screens have been a go-to among decorators. They illustrate depth and add visual interest in a room. They can hide unsightly clutter or divide a room in half. They can also serve as a patterned backdrop in place of costly wallpaper. Read on to find out why these experts say you need a screen in your life.

Hide Things

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Perhaps the most obvious use for a screen is hiding clutter. In his NYC bedroom, fashion designer (and collaborator) Peter Som uses the Scalloped Screen to hide things like boxes. The bonus: it's "a decorative moment for a dead corner that helps with the illusion of height."

Define Space

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David Ries, a Senior Designer at Thad Hayes, remarks, "I like to use screens as an architectural element in a space. A way to create or define spaces with a decorative element."

Rethink the Headboard

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San Francisco-based interior designer Margaret Ash uses upholstered screens as an alternative to traditional headboards. "Using a folding screen as a headboard is a wonderful way to bring visual interest and pattern to a bed. It is an added bonus that the folding screen has dual functions and can be moved around the house and used as decoration or a room divider if you want to create a different look down the road."

Bring in Pattern

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"I love the chic insouciance of a patterned screen in a space," says The Inside's Creative Director Danielle Walish. She's currently loving our Scalloped Screen in Sand Melio and Modern Screen in Acid Floral. Both offer the perfect pop of pattern.

Mix Old and New

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This embossed 19th century screen, when paired with a light fixture by Le Corbusier, illustrates the impact of showcasing an antique screen as art. As New York-based designer Ali Reeve puts it, "Screens are an incredibly versatile way to add interest, pattern or texture into a room without committing to something more permanent. They can easily be moved and used in a variety of spaces. I love the idea of using a screen as a headboard, a space divider or displaying it as art. They can also be used to incorporate a new texture or add verticality into a space."

Add Texture

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This 1960s folding screen by Rohé Noordwolde makes use of unexpected material. Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Designs notes the importance of texture when considering a screen. "Room screens are a great way to add unexpected texture to a room. They offer a way to fill space, create visual interest in a room or add a sense of intimacy. Sometimes a large space like a loft needs a way to create more functional work and living space and adding a screen can delineate separate areas for hanging out or entertaining."


The Stylish Shoebox: 3 Ways to Maximize Space in a Studio

Just because you are low on square footage, doesn't mean you can't have it all.

A studio apartment is more than a single room combining living, dining, and bedroom; it's your self-contained world. But it's no secret that fitting everything can be a design challenge. When considering any floor plan, the first thing to ask yourself is: how do I live, and what's important to me? For instance, maybe you love to host people for an annual Oscars viewing party, or maybe you work from home and need an office. Just because you live in a studio, doesn't mean you can't do both.

Read on to see one studio, three ways.

Separate the Living and Sleeping Spaces

In this floor plan, there are three key zones for dining, living, and sleeping. This plan is great for someone who likes to host a few friends but wants to avoid feeling like everyone is in their bedroom. By using a screen as a partition, the bedroom area is clearly defined. The plan also allows for ample storage in both the living and sleeping areas.

Make the Bed the Focal Point 

This plan is perfect for the person who needs a designated work area. By floating the bed in the center, the area behind the bed remains open for a desk and a matching pair of low bookcases with lamps, providing both storage and a decorative moment. If you really want to separate the study area from the bedroom, you could select a pair of screens behind the headboard, a classic decorator move. Another go-to designer move: placing a small sofa and table at the end of the bed. In this instance, the sofa also functions as dining seating.

Make Storage the Priority

A classic studio arrangement, this plan is perfect for the person who needs the space to work hard. Drawing inspiration from Tori Mellott's studio, which was published in Domino in 2006, it features a bedroom that's separated from the desk by an open storage bookcase. The classic, budget-friendly option is the IKEA Kallax, but there are many others out there. If you have the budget, we suggest a Vitsoe system with a built-in feeling that spans from floor to ceiling.

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2019 Home Decor Trends, According to the Pros

We asked some of our favorite design pros for their tips on how to freshen up in 2019.

I absolutely love the shifting energy a new year brings. Whether it offers a fresh start or the opportunity to embrace change, a new year invites us to celebrate a new version of ourselves. Oftentimes, this change begins with a refresh of the space in which we live. Read on to find out how some of our favorite design pros are reimagining home in 2019 – from embracing maximalism to reviving the 1970s (one of my favorite decades ;)).

Add Some Punch

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After several seasons of white and beige interiors, Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez of Dekar Design are ready for some color. "We love a punchy orange. It feels refreshing and really energizing and can still be paired with lovely neutrals."

Adopt  the "More is More" Mantra

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According to interior designer Anne Hepfer, 2019 will be the year to embrace maximalism: "Leave behind minimalism and instead pay homage to the more is more maximalism movement." Hepfer believes that those who take risks and trust the creative path will end up with spaces that are more unique, fabulous, timeless, and personal.

Set the Tone

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Nashville-based interior designer Jessica Stambaugh recommends picking a color and sticking with it: "Rather than a neutral wall, pick a color and commit to it for walls, trim, and a tint for the ceiling. Even if it's fairly toned down, like this muted green living room, it instantly creates a soulful space, and allows for an entirely new context with existing furniture pieces."

Fall in Love with Chocolate

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For the Los Angeles-based interior designer Vanessa Alexander, "brown is the new black." Alexander loves using all shades of brown from espresso to caramel to create deep, rich, and chic interiors. that feel layered and dramatic.

Try an Unexpected Pairing

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If you're anything like Michael Amato, Creative Director of The Urban Electric Co., you usually "steer clear of hot, saturated colors in favor of a cooler palettes." But according to Amato, 2019 will be the year for "bolder colors and surprising pairings" like the blue and red in the photo above.

Embrace Color

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"Color, color, color! You're going to see color coming into cabinetry, details, and definitely into backsplashes. People are tired of only white and grey! The emergence of color is impossible to miss – Europe is embracing it, and it's landed in the US as well," says Nancy Epstein, Founder and Creative Director of Artistic Tile.

Opt for Pop 

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According to Martin Waller of Andrew Martin for SONDER Living, "Pop art is everywhere, and Warhol is being touted as the most influential artist of the 20th Century ahead of Picasso, Rothko and Matisse." Art.com is a great resource for finding your own Pop Art prints at a real-world price.

Decorate with Decals

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DMF Interiors founder Deborah Fribourg recommends using wall decals as "an easy way to add a funk factor to any plain wall. Plus, they're super easy to apply! (and to remove!)." You can also try removable wallpaper if you are feeling adventurous!

And Again...Embrace Color! 

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Atlanta-based interior designer Kate Hayes says 2019 is the year to "Get weird, and don't shy away from color. Life is too short, have some fun and enjoy your space!"