By Anna Kocharian

Published on March 24, 2016

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It’s your most public space. You greet company, entertain friends, and hang with the family. Sure, you can count on the sofa, the coffee table, and a few additional seating options. But the room needs to be personalized through decorative touches. Here’s some inspiration.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

a place for your books

Your collection of first editions aside, designate an area to feature a few choice titles that complement your style.

See our creative tips for organizing shelves  and a clever trick to  brighten them in three easy steps .

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Photography by LUCAS ALLEN

window treatments

An empty window space is an incomplete one. Dress the frames with a set of drapes to maximize the height of the room, providing it with a simple yet elegant finish.

We’ve got the scoop on how you can make ceilings soar.  

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Photography by FRANCESCO LAGNESE

coffee table style

A well-curated table keeps essentials on hand – minus the clutter. Stick to things that make like favorite books, vases, or trays. No, the remote control does not count as an essential. (Good try though…)

Here’s what you need to know on  styling one to fit your decor.

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Photography by Brittany Ambridge

something on the walls

We’re all about the walls. Gallery of frames. One eye-catching print. An oversized mirror. Choose to decorate with pieces that will make the space totally your style. 

Just starting out? Here’s what you need to know about buying art and a few tips on hanging it like a pro. 

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Photography by ANNA WOLF

pops of color

Offset a neutral palette with hints of an eye-catching hue . It’s the key to an instant uplift.

Shop pillows here .

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Photography by DAVID NICOLAS

painted walls

A can of paint really is the easiest way to add personality to a room. As for the color, well, that’s up to you. 

Here’s everything you need to know on decorating with color.

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Photography by LESLEY A. UNRUH

a side table

A simple accent piece doubles as a geographically-convenient (and temporary) spot for all the neccessities for a little lounge time. 

Shop side tables .

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Photography by PASCAL CHEVALLIER

personal touches

Dedicate some shelf space for an edited assortment of pieces that reflect your personality. Throw some favorite framed photos to the mix as well. 

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Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO

light fixtures

A little lighting goes a long way. If you don’t have a ton of natural light, then bring in table lamps to set the right mood for your space. 

Check out the simple ways lighting can brighten up your space .

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

the right seating arrangement  

Small space. Large space. We can’t stress this enough. It’s important to think about the shape of your room and its function. Arrange for how you will be using this area. 

Get more tips on arranging furniture.