12 Home Designing Tips from Top Experts

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Odd Chair Out: "For a more interesting furniture arrangement, I like to add one odd chair to a room. If your living room is full of comfortable upholstered pieces, bring in one dining or vintage chair covered in a daring fabric to break up the monotony."

-- Nate Berkus, host of The Nate Berkus Show

Get Light Right: "You need at least three points of light in every room (not counting the ceiling fixture). There should be one lamp on either side of the sofa or the bed and one opposite to create lighting that's both flattering and practical."

-- Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, cofounder of apartmenttherapy.com and author of Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

Library Tip: "Organize books by hue for an attention-grabbing display. Red and blue boxes add more blocks of color and architecture to these shelves, creating a strong focal point."

-- Lili Diallo, author of Details: A Stylist's Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors

Give Books Room to Breathe: "On bookshelves it's not about filling every square inch. You need to leave negative space to let the eye pause and have a moment. Use framed photos, sentimental items, or random everyday objects you find beautiful."

-- Genevieve Gorder, host of HGTV's Dear Genevieve


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