40+ Ways to Make Your Home Pinterest Perfect

Lynne M. Centeno

Go for the Gold

Buh-bye brushed nickel and patinated bronze, glittering gold is taking center stage. From lighting fixtures to gilded furniture, this hot hue has taken the design world by storm. Even a few small touches — like swapping out kitchen cabinet hardware or working in a few gleaming accessories will give your home an on-trend update.  

Rock a Collected-Over-Time Look

While trends in collectibles may vary, antiques are perennially in-fashion in interior design. So pick something you love — tea cups, stamps or, in the case of this home, handblown demijohns and wooden shoe forms — then dispay the pieces en masse as a collection. 

Color Your World

Goodbye greige, designers have fallen back in love with color. But, like anything, too much of a good thing can be, well, too much. To create a pleasing palette, take a cue from designer Tobi Fairley and limit your main colors to three choices. 

Pop in Some Plaid

Mix Form With Function

Add Pattern With Tile

Cue the Copper

Put Weathered Wood to Work

Reclaimed wood walls are hot, hot, hot! But, they can also be oh-so-cool as designer Brooke Wagner proves in this small bedroom where silvery gray boards installed in a timeless herringbone pattern create a dreamy backdrop. 

Outdoors: Light It Up

Brush Up Your Bookshelf

Don’t Forget Your Best Friend

Say It With Signage

Set a Stylish Table

Creatively Corral Clutter

Take Mason Jars to the Next Level

Freshen Up With Flowers

Chalk It Up

Corral Clutter With a Tray

Give Marble Its Moment

Pop In a Cheery Color

A bright pop of color is a surefire way to take any room’s look from just functional to fun. If adding a hot pink sofa is too big of a step, start small and work in bold color with pillows or a throw. 

Try Some Tuft Love

Working in a piece of tufted upholstery is a surefire way to take any room’s look from so-so to sophisticated. If you’re planning to have furniture reupholstered, consider springing for tufting — it will definitely add onto the bottom line but the luxurious look is timeless. 

Pretty Up Your Powder Room

This tiniest room in most homes is also the one the majority of guests will see. Give this small space its due with a picture-perfect makeover — pair graphic wallpaper in a happy hue with gleaming metallics to create a jewel-box effect. 

Polish Up Your Porch

Go Retro

“Nail” An Updated Furniture Look

Rely on Rope

Make Gray Your Go-To

Give Pallets New Purpose

Get Creative With Paint

Try a Cruelty-Free Take on Taxidermy

Mounted trophies are an easy way to lend a woodsy, lodge-style look to any space but if, you’re like me, the idea of mounting the severed head of a once-living soul to the wall is a definite no. Instead, give a playful nod to the trend with a mounted silhouette cut from antiqued lumber. 

Make Kids’ Rooms More Playful

Let’s be honest: I know plenty of adults who’d like to have a bubble chair hanging in their room. That aside, the tip here is to design your child’s room with play in mind — choose furntiture that makes everyday activities like reading a book or working on their laptop a bit more fun. Fill the space with colors that pop and provide plenty of hidden storage to leave floor space free for playtime.

Go for a Gallery Wall

Put Even the Smallest Spaces to Work

Style Your Sips

Wow With Wallpaper

Or, Make Your Front Door a Wow

Give a Nod to Nautical

Opt for a Moody Hue

Storm cloud gray celings, wall and trim lend a restful and decidedly masculine feel to this chic living room. In rooms designed for focus, like media rooms, home offices and libraries, carrying the wall color onto both the trim and ceiling minimizes visual distraction and creates a more unified look.

X Marks the Spot

X’s have been popping up everywhere lately — from stools and trestle-style furniture to window and kitchen cabinet mullions. Forget “A,” X has shot to the top of the interior design world’s lexicon. 

Show Your Stripes

From traditional ticking to bold bands of color, stripes are one of those patterns that work in any style of room — from preppy to ultra-mod. DIY the look with painter’s tape and two similar paint shades or create a fun focal wall with wallpaper. 

Make a Statement With Lighting

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