These features make everyday homes feel totally extraordinary.
Just like art, you know good design when you see it. But what, exactly, makes a space extraordinary? We took a look at some of our favorite rooms and found that they had a few features in common, no matter the décor scheme.
While monochromatic spaces are certainly timeless, they can start to feel a bit conventional. A dash of a color outside the basic palette — like the rich red table and luxe purple chair in the living room of Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley's Connecticut home — can give new life to an otherwise safe aesthetic.
You don't always have to go big to go bold — sometimes, it's the smaller details that command attention. Though the large-scale art and draw the eye in this open entryway, the circular forms of the sconces and the bold abstract handles of the cabinet definitely hold their own.
In the fabulous home of Erika Bearman (a.k.a. OscarPRGirl), designer Miles Redd punched up the minimalist kitchen with an oversized photograph of a tiger. This added a surprising focal point, lending unforgettable edge.
Wood and woven linen-like upholstery create a cozy, comfortable atmosphere — and just because the materials are natural doesn't mean the look has to be "rustic." In this living space, the simple, and chairs from ATGStores add a modern feel.
Whether it's a sentimental photograph or a priceless, one-of-a-kind work, a great interior always incorporates art. To maximize exposure, take advantage of the space over a large piece of furniture or a mantel, like in the bedroom of this historic Harlem brownstone designed by Sheila Bridges. These elements anchor the art above them, so it doesn't appear as if the framed pieces are floating on a large wall.
No matter the time of year, abundant natural light makes the intimate seating area in this handsome living room designed by Thom Filicia feel welcoming (and a little larger than it actually is). Oversized windows can also work wonders when you have a case of the winters!
A collection of lighting at different heights adds depth and lets you customize the atmosphere of the room. It's also a great way to get creative with the fixtures themselves, like the mix of in this seating area.
Wool, silk, lacquer, and metal all work in harmony in the seating area in this stunning London townhouse designed by Patricia Sanchiz. The textural elements contrast perfectly, highlighting the richness of each, like the smooth shine of the metal frame opposed to the luxe softness of the wool upholstery.
Even if a room has hardwood floors, adding an accent rug will keep décor from feeling too stark; even more, it presents the perfect opportunity to introduce interesting colors and patterns. In this bedroom, the complements the natural tones, while the subtle "striped" effect contrasts the patterned throw pillows.
The entryway sets the tone for the home, so it's important that it's chic and warm. Big or small, this space is also the ideal place to take a few risks. For example, in this dramatic entryway by Kelly Wearstler, the bold design scheme marked by stripes and metallics makes a strong first impression.
Classical rules on balance and proportion are popular for a reason — they are known to have a calming effect, appealing to our brain's inherent need for order. In the New York home of Michael Bruno, 1970s Milo Baughman sofas and custom etageres are arranged symmetrically, for a clean look that calls to everyone.