11 Steps to a Well-Designed Room

Design experts share their tips for creating a stylish space that is uniquely your own.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionYour space should look like no one else's. Let your style evolve over time by seeking out unique decor that truly reflects your taste.
"Sometimes people buy the furniture showroom. They get a bedroom suite where the nightstands match the headboard and the headboard matches the dresser," says designer Jackie Glisson. "Instead we want it to look like we put some thought into it, so it's not something you'll see in your neighbor's home." The best way to accomplish your own unique look is to avoid buying matching furnishings from one store and instead, shop from a variety of retailers, auctions and flea markets. You don't need to buy everything at once. Establish a basic look and feel and let your style and decor evolve over the years.

Also, when they're shopping, the pros know that form and function are equally important. You'll never relax on a rock-hard sofa no matter how much you love the fabric and working from home won't feel right if your desk isn't big enough to keep everything organized.