Home decorating guide

Freshen up your living spaces with color, smart display, and strategies for maximizing style

10 rules of freestyle decorating

Expert tips on how to make the most of what you have and indulge with care

Sheri Sheridan
Thomas J. Story

The secrets to creative home decorating

Prioritize your space & choose key furnishings first

Oakland, Calif., interior designer Sheri Sheridan says the most important areas in a house are the entryway and the living and dining rooms. “These are your entertaining spaces, and they should be celebrated every day.” Each needs something big and bold, so the room feels substantial. “You want to add something tall to support flow and draw the eye up, making the ceiling seem higher,” Sheridan says. Note her Greek column in the corner.

Invest in furniture that will withstand the test of time; its basic shapes and colors serve as decorating cornerstones. In Sheridan’s house, design icons like a Saarinen dining table, a modern sofa, bubble lamps, and an acrylic coffee table balance her colorful, eclectic accessories.

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