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Photo: Courtesy of Mona Hajj

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Go Monochrome

Before you fall down a Pinterest rabbit hole of the best paint pairings for your dream shade, consider this advice from Baltimore-based interior designer Mona Hajj. "You don't want to break up the room with color," she says. "Use one color on the walls, the molding, the ceiling, even the windows. The idea is to not interrupt the space." The consistent color scheme creates the illusion of a larger area, so focus on a tone that helps the whole room work together.