Decorating Secrets from Boutique Owners
Tap into texture
Without bright colors competing for the spotlight, lush textures in silks, velvets and even carved woods can shine. You can incorporate them in your home in big ways, such as in large-scale furniture like this table (left) or in accessories like the tabletop box.
This hallway reflects not only Diane's love of texture, but also her fondness for murals. The hand-painted scene evokes the grand homes of Europe--plus it's a way to visually elongate a hallway.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® May/June 2007.)