Styling 101: The designer’s top tips for styling the interior | Siouxland Homes

It’s the smallest details that make the difference between an average interior design and something exceptional. Over the years, I’ve developed preferences and proven methods for styling an interior space, whether it’s just for fun or for a photo shoot. Here are my top tips:

Start styling your part from the corners and work towards the center of the part.

Think on a larger scale. If possible, invest in larger and fewer accessories rather than hoarding small items.

I firmly believe that books are the best decorative accessories. They instantly warm almost any room.

Always try to bring a splash of color to match the artwork hanging in your room – for example, a pair of accent pillows or a cluster of vases in a color chosen from a nearby painting.

Consider nature. Be sure to leave room for flowers and other plants in attractive containers. They are great visuals and do double duty by refreshing the air and the room. Earth provides natural decorations. An unusually shaped stone, geode or tree branch will make a great table piece and conversation starter.

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Mix different finishes in a room so you don’t end up with too many prints.

Add a rug under a cocktail table. This will keep the table from appearing to float and will anchor it to the rest of the surrounding furniture. The rug can contrast a bit so your design doesn’t look like over-thinking.

Make sure your lighting is up to snuff. Bad lighting can ruin a beautiful room and vice versa, good lighting can make an average interior sparkle.

Mix up your furniture. Nothing looks less artificial and dull than when a room is furnished in the same brand and style of furniture. For a bit of uniqueness, don’t be afraid to mix in some antiques. You can also mix something old with something new…something shiny with something matte.

If your room needs a complete makeover, move the furniture. You can even try adjusting a few pieces, like in your living room area, so that they are angled. You may need to leave a few objects against the walls so you can still recognize the shape of the room.

Add fruit to your tables. Put it in bowls, whether silver, crystal, wood or woven wicker. And feel free to spread the love by adding a few bowls around your home. They are also a great tool for a healthy snack.

I like a bar. A tray above any table makes a snapshot. A few bottles of wine or your favorite libations, goblets and napkins, an ice bucket and canisters of blenders and voila! You have a bar.

Finally, my best advice when it comes to kitchens: declutter. Put away all devices that are not used daily. The same goes for condiments and any other counter items. Bake a cake, decorate it anew and place it on a cake stand. It will make everyone smile.

Joseph Pubillones is the owner of Joseph Pubillones Interiors, an award-winning interior design firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. His website is


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