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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.

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


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

Get more deets on this National Geographic-inspired color scheme on Homepolish here and a guide on how to make the perfect gallery wall here.

Get a set of 10 picture frames from Amazon for $35.04+. / Available in four colors.

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

Avoid any stuff that looks too shiny or unnatural. This dining set hits the mark with a deep wood finish that doesn't look cheap. Check out the rest of Bri's home tour on Designlovefest here.

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

Scan a color and get exact matches on your device for leading paint brands like Benjamin Moore, Valspar, Sherwin-Williams, Kelly Moore, PPG, and more.

Get it from Amazon for $49.


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

Chris Patey for MyDomaine / Via

Check out MyDomaine's must-know decorating rules here.

Get an adjustable 48- to 86-inch curtain rod from Amazon for $12.99 and a blue curtain panel from Bed, Bath & Beyond for $9.99.

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

Get them from Amazon: glass ceiling light for $59.99, brass three-light floor lamp for $49.95, and can mini accent light for $11.99.

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

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Check out the full apartment tour on The Everygirl here.

Get the same sofa from West Elm for $999+, a similar coffee table from Wayfair for $96.99, and a similar rug from Amazon for $59.80+ in many sizes.


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

Kate Spade New York

If you're feeling fancy, get the pictured products from Kate Spade New York: table lamp for $570 and the desk for $3,095.

If you're on a budget, get similar products: gold foil and glitter polka dot lamp from Zazzle for $49.95 and a mid-century two-tone writing desk from Target for $161.49.


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.

Well all know those candles are potent enough that you can get away with not lighting them for a while anyway. See more shelfies on Le Zoe Musings here.

Get Diptyque candles from Nordstrom for $32+.

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.

It'll be our wildly practical little secret.

Get it from Gilt for $24. / Available in three colors.

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