Designer Elizabeth Backup's Three Tips for a Stylish Space

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If there's one thing that's true of interior design, it's that you can never get too much inspiration: from materials and fixtures to layouts and accessories, there's always something new to learn in order to make a home your own. But, don't be intimidated: an expert is here to help! We asked designer Elizabeth Backup for her three tips on creating a stylish space — and these simple guidelines can work for anything you've got. Read on for her advice, and remember it the next time you're facing an empty room.


Style Your Surfaces

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You can make a big impact without spending a dime by thoughtfully arranging items that you already own. If you don't know where to start, the internet is full of inspiration! Find a few pictures of lovely surfaces and try to copy the look on bookcases, credenzas, and dressers.

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Splurge on the Sofa

You really get what you pay for when it comes to upholstery: inexpensive sofas tend to look and feel cheap and don't last as long as pricier alternatives. If you're considering splurging on one item, start here.

Consider Sizing

If you're contemplating a new layout or you aren't sure if a certain piece of furniture will work in your space, get a roll of painter's tape and outline the dimensions on your floor. Live with it for a few days if need be, and see how you feel about the size before you make any changes.



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