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23 Ways To Trick People Into Thinking You Hired An Interior Decorator

Pro-level techniques that'll make people think you outsourced the work.

1. Liven up a neutral palette with throw pillows that boast lots of bells and whistles, like these pretty Nate Berkus ones.

2. Embrace an atypical ceiling by painting it — and the walls — a bold hue.

3. Incorporate a bright end table in turquoise or red for a memorable decor scheme.

4. Make a mismatched sofa and chairs work by sticking to the same fabric and style. Go bold with the colors!

5. Fall for a printed love seat or sofa and build off of it as a focal point.

6. Put bathroom lighting on the sides of your mirror instead of above it for a significantly more flattering glow.

7. Think UP when it comes to mantel art for an interesting vignette and bigger-feeling space.

8. Make an easy gallery wall look pulled together by putting all your random art into coordinating frames.

9. Or, fill up a wall with a BIG piece of art that takes up two-thirds of your wall space.

10. Choose wisely when it comes to wood finishes on furniture. Teak, oak, walnut, rosewood, and natural cherry look pricey.

11. Find the right paint paint shade for your project with this tiny color-matching tool.

12. Hang curtains at just the right height, aka somewhere around 6 to 12 inches above the window frame.

13. Have at least three "layers" of lighting in every room, like overhead, task lighting, mood lighting, etc.

14. Leave at least 12 inches between furniture pieces for people to walk — which is doable in even this studio apartment.

15. Hang your wall art at eye level for some everyday appreciation.

16. Measure once, twice, even three times to make sure your area rug fits the room.

17. Let in lots of light without compromising your color scheme with sheer white and colorful curtain panels.

18. Play with the same pattern in different colors to keep things interesting. Test the waters with polka dots.

19. Paint the interior side of your front door as a colorful touch to an oft-forgotten surface.

20. Style any open shelving for the perfect #shelfie and use it as an opp to display that diptyque candle you're scared to light.

21. Layer plants in pretty vases for a lush look that keeps the eye wandering.

22. That goes for art, too. Stagger framed pieces against a wall to create the appearance of a robust art collection.

23. And finally, add a faux-fur accent for a high-end look that says the person who signed off on it cared zilch about practicality.

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