29 Design Lessons We Learned From Domino Magazine

Domino Magazine was basically Pinterest before there was Pinterest. And I couldn’t be happier that it’s back in print.

1. You can never have too many picture frames.

Why even try to limit yourself?

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2. Or just photos in general.

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3. Paint your ceilings.

With stripes!

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4. Surround yourself with books.

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5. Fuchsia walls are 100% acceptable.

And they will transform your walk-up’s kitchen.

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6. Classic French decor doesn’t have to be stuffy.

Throw something into your decorating mix just to tell your friends it’s “Napoleonic.”

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7. Paint it black.

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And always have plenty of plants around.

[source: Domino’s Book of Decorating]

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8. Your old brown couch can still look good with the right wallpaper.

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9. Use open storage in the kitchen.

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Domino was down with rustic before it became a household word.

Interior by Sharon Simonaire.

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10. Mix and match your art.

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And make it pop with bright white walls.

From Johnson Hartig of Libertine’s home.

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11. Take inspiration from the movies.

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Like this take The Royal Tenenbaums room from the January/February 2006 issue.

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12. Make your backyard as special as the inside of your home.

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13. Hoarding can be elegant.

It helps stave off an intervention if you have some killer wallpaper, too.

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14. Decorate all the way to the ceiling.

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Playing with height opens a space right up.

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15. Light fixtures can make the room.

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So time to call the electrician.

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16. Nurseries don’t need to be pink or blue.

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Thank goodness those days are over.

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17. A fireplace doesn’t have to be functional.

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Isn’t it sometimes better to have a gorgeous focal point than warm feet?

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18. Don’t be afraid of patterns.

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It is possible to mix different prints in different styles and still keep it fabulous.

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19. Your shoes can and should be part of your decor.

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An idea whose time has come.

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20. A pop of color is everything.

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And there’s no rule that says you can only have one.

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21. And come to think of it, so is Pop of Cat.

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22. Always use stripes.

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They make a clear statement in any room, whether they’re skinny or fat and bold.

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23. Paint the front door.

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It’ll cheer you up every time you walk through it.

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24. Think green

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Locally sourced and upcycled materials can make a gorgeous, eco-friendly home. From the issue where Domino built a home for Katrina survivors.

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25. Primary colors are unexpectedly modern in a kitchen.

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Take cues from your favorite children’s book.

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26. Always consider the unexpected.

Turns out that paisley wallpaper and antlers are kind of a match made in heaven.

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27. Beige doesn’t have to be boring.

There are endless ways to punch up neutrals.

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28. Display collections of things.

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As random as they may be.

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29. Lastly, tell a story.

Whimsy is always current.

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