It’s that time of year again when we all pretend we might actually win the HGTV dream home. This year, it’s a remodeled, waterfront home in Florida so the design (by Brian Patrick Flynn) is very coastal-inspired. I love studying these homes, room by room, and finding little details that I might use in my own house. Here are a few of my favorite ideas:
- A huge photo mural solves the “what to do on the wall behind the sofa” dilemma.
- For extra tall ceilings, multiple lanterns fill space as well as one huge chandelier.
- Instead of more cabinetry, they grouped three chests against the kitchen wall.
- Grouped pendant lights are a casual, but tailored, solution to a formal chandelier.
- Think about oversized art instead of a buffet in a cramped dining space.
- Simple entryway setup: place large, catch-all (lidded) baskets under a console table.
- Use layers of the same color family, but mix textures. (Walls + distressed table.)
- Use a lower hook to hang your bag and get it off the floor.
- Place lamps on console first. Then hang art gallery wall around them.
- Forego the bulk of a bedside table and use a small chair + floor lamp.
- Start a tray collection—over the bed.
- Turkish towels and blankets on hooks are an easy way to add color.
- Use a saturated color on walls and ceiling to create a cozy cove.
- Two sofas on opposite walls provides maximum seating in small room.
- Think outside the box and beyond traditional “media room” colors and decor.
- Hang a statement chandelier lower as the centerpiece over a coffee table.
- Anchor colorful art and pattern by adding black and white in the mix.
You can see the rest of this year’s dream home here.