1. Think Big Picture
Before you do anything, try to envision the space as you would an
Impressionist painting, with its mood imparted by different shades and colors.
Then select objects and finishes that will make your imagined room a
2. Have a Plan
Use a floor plan to lay everything out. Make sure the space will function
well, that the traffic flow works and that the furnishings' proportions are
3. Surprise Yourself
Don't stick with what's expected. Find objects that are special and that
you really love. Don't be afraid to simply display them and let them be what
they are, even if they serve no real purpose.
4. Hold Back
Accessories and art should be things you treasure. Don't just accumulate
"stuff." It's better to leave a space empty until you've found exactly the right
piece to fill it.
5. Go for Timeless
Choose things that won't date quickly and that you won't get tired of—remember that timeless doesn't mean boring.