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9 “A reclaimed fireplace mantel can provide a one-of-a-kind headboard—and reduce the need for nightstands when bedroom real estate is scarce. You can wire it for reading lights, too.”
—Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson, Civility Design
10 “I love removable wall decals, especially for kids’ rooms. For about $50 you can transform a nursery or create a great playroom.”
11 “Wallpaper always works for a quick fix. I like to use big-scale designs with high-contrast colors like black and white, or a toile with a bold color background and a white print.”
12 Paint a room black or another dark color to make everything, even neutrals, suddenly appear more dramatic. Anne Coyle used this trick in the bedroom she designed for the Merchandise Mart’s DreamHome (above) last fall—Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur provided the arresting backdrop and helped her create a clubby feel.
13 “Use collections to make a space feel more warm and personal. I stacked books on a modern Holly Hunt bench at the foot of a bed—it softens the space and the homeowner loves to read in bed.”
Photography: (Item 1) Courtesy flor.com; (Item 2) Jon Miller/Hedrich Blessing; (Item 4) Millicent Wong; (Item 10) Boodalee pattern courtesy 2modern.com; (Item 12) Wayne Cable/Cable Photo; (Item 13) Linda Oyama Bryan