10 Fun Tips from our Holiday 2014 Catalog

Hide your flatscreen TV behind antique shutters

In the pages of our catalog, you’ve probably noticed the tips that we include for design inspiration. From the products we sell to the tips we add to our catalog, our goal is to help you decorate your home inside and out to reflect your unique personality! Today, we thought we’d round up all the fun tips from our Holiday 2014 catalog.

Above, we designed this stylish, antique-inspired TV cabinet to that you can easily tuck away your flatscreen when guests are headed over. This is a great way to create a focal point on the wall (one that doesn’t have a sports game on it), while still keeping your living or family room functional for everyday life.

Narrow console table for storage

Sometimes you just need a narrow piece of furniture so you won’t sabotage your traffic flow. We understand! That’s why we made our Martin Console extra shallow, perfect for little spots where you need to squeeze in a bit more storage!

decorating tip from our catalog

One of our favorite decorating tricks for pulling a room together is to pick a color palette and then stick to it! Use patterns and solids galore, and as long as you stay within your color palette, you’ll have a stylish room. That’s what we did here. We picked a silvery gray and we used it on the rugs, sofa, chairs, and drapery. Instant polish!

decorating tip from our catalog

If you struggle to find places to hang your Christmas stockings, fear not! A floor stocking holder can go on a bookshelf, in an entryway, or next to a mantel. Plus, you can use these year round for umbrellas, leashes, or tote bags.

Decorating tips from Ballard Designs calendar

How cute are these bone-shaped stockings? Perfect for your furry best friend!
Decorating tip from Ballard Designs catalog

In a large living room or a great room, try using two rugs right next to each other instead of one large one. It helps distinguish a living space from a dining space, and if using two of the same rugs, it makes the whole space feel clean and pulled together.

Mount a paper towel holder

Did you know that our Under Cabinet Paper Towel Mount can also be mounted to the wall?

Decorating tips from Ballard Designs catalog

We love our classic Burlap Fringe Stocking and wanted to add in another style to mix and match.

Decorating tips from Ballard Designs

Our Slim Chadwick Media Armoire is the perfect size for flatscreen TV’s without totally overwhelming your room!

For more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our Photo Gallery.

 
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8 Comments

  1. Reply

    Betsy Goodman

    February 24, 2017
     

    Where can you buy the shutter cabinet that hides the tv? Sizes width height depth

  2. Reply

    Ann

    December 26, 2014
     

    Hi there! I love the shutter cabinet for a wall mounted tv. I am wondering how the cords would be hidden though. Thank you!

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      December 29, 2014
       

      Hi Ann,
      Often, people hide the cords behind the wall. This is something that an electrician can easily do for you, or perhaps you can find a good instruction on online to do it yourself! Another less invasive option would be to get a cord strip from your local hardware store. This is something that will wrap around the cord and lie flat against the wall so that it blends better. Plus, you can paint the cord strip to match your wall color!
      Hope that helps,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    josephine heffernan

    October 22, 2014
     

    I need a” wow” factor for my master bedroom ???my vision is a large iion headboard more like a piece of art.
    give me some ideas/ King size bed

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 24, 2014
       

      Hi Josephine,
      We’d love to help you with your master bedroom! Our Designs Solutions team can help you come with up an entire design plan, specifically for your space, all free of charge. Just send us your dilemma and some photos using this form, and our team will design a plan for you!
      Looking forward to helping you with your space,
      The How to Decorate Team

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    Joan Torres

    October 22, 2014
     

    How to incorporate changes subtly, without repainting walls to my open floor upstairs.

    Want to change (2) flush mounted ceiling hallway fixtures. The hallway(1) walls are a silver cloud with the Navarre runner rug in gray and that light fixture is mounted next to the attic fold down door.
    The coat closet(1) area walls, living room and dining room walls are Ralph Lauren Alfalfa glaze.
    What fixtures do you suggest. I thought about Carriage House chandeliers?

    For the dining room can I use the Signature velvet panels in mineral against Alfalfa glazed walls?
    What base can I use for a 72 x 42 beveled glass table for the dining room.

    • Reply

      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      October 24, 2014
       

      Hi Joan,
      It sounds like you need guidance. We’d love to help! Our Designs Solutions team can help you come with up an entire design plan, specifically for your space, all free of charge. Just send us your dilemma and some photos using this form, and our team will design a plan for you!
      Looking forward to helping you with your space,
      The How to Decorate Team

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