5 Foolproof Interior Decorating Secrets

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Play with patterns, add splashes of color, layer area rugs and hang your drapes higher. Interior designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors lets you in on these and other trade secrets, so you too can create that "wow" factor in your home.

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1. Patterns Don't Have to Match

Polka dots and stripes! Ikat and chevron! Combining patterns can be tricky; but mixing, when done well, can create a chic and eclectic look. Get it wrong, though, and you'll end up with a busy room. Follow these rules of thumb for mixing patterns like a pro.

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2. Accent with Color for Budget-Friendly Versatility

Neutral interiors are oh-so calming, but no one likes an endless expanse of beige. Spice up your existing color scheme with these tasteful ideas to sneak in some brighter hues.

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3. Layer Rugs to Create an Instant Focal Point in Any Room

Layering is a decorating trend we never saw coming. Surprisingly though, pairing rugs together can introduce a playful element to a room, while adding depth and dimension. Here's how to mix and match for maximum impact.

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Also, don't miss our West Elm Inspired Rug Tutorial.

4. Curtains and Drapes Can Make Your Room Feel Taller

Let's admit it: Most of us don't know the difference between curtains and drapes. From choosing the right covering to hanging window treatments correctly, our primer has you covered.

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5. Seat Depth Is Important When Picking a Sofa

Sofa shopping can be overwhelming. If you don't know where to start, we're here to help. We've broken down the key features you'll want to consider before you make your decision. It's one way to avoid buyer's regret (or a serious meltdown at Ikea).

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