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10 Ways to Start Decorating a Room from Scratch

By |Jan 9, 2017|Decorating, How To, Tips & Solutions|6 Comments

Ballard Designs Winter 2017 collection

For our Decorating Dilemmas column, we can’t even count the number of times we’ve gotten this question: “I just moved into my new home, and I have no idea where to start!” That’s because decorating a room completely from scratch is intimidating! You have no where to start and yet so many choices to make. We pulled together some easy jumping off point so you can start decorating your room from scratch:


Why You Need to Balance Light and Dark Pieces in Your Room

By |Jan 6, 2017|Decorating, Featured, Tips & Solutions|3 Comments

Balance light and dark pieces in your space to give your room movement and personality

Open any decorating book or magazine, and you’ll probably hear a lot about wanting the eye to move around your space. That movement makes a room interesting, makes you want to take in all the details, walk through the space, and oftentimes, the pieces that give a room movement are also the ones that give it personality. One great way to bring movement to your room is to balance the light and dark pieces. This decorating principal is a must-do which is why we’re discussing it today!


Our Winter 2017 Preview: Unleashing Your Inner Decorator

By |Jan 5, 2017|Decorating, Featured, Furniture, Tips & Solutions, Winter|7 Comments

In our winter 2017 catalog, we want to help you unleash your inner decorator

Once the decorations from the holidays are down and you’ve welcomed a new year, it’s the perfect time to turn a fresh eye to your home. What do you love about it? What would you like to change? Where do you turn for inspiration? To help you answer those questions and more, we chatted with our Senior Vice President, Karen Mooney, about becoming your own decorator, the very best trends we love and her absolute favorites from our Winter Catalog.


Decorating Dilemmas: Paula’s Townhouse

By |Jan 4, 2017|Decorating Dilemmas|0 Comments

Updating a 90's townhouse with a neutral and blue color palette

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.


Podcast, Episode 6: Bedding Expert & Stylist Beth Mars Dean

By |Jan 3, 2017|Decorating, podcast|4 Comments

Our bedding guru answers your questions and shares the secrets behind a catalog-worthy bed

This week, we are interviewing our own bedding expert, the stylist that makes all of the beds in our gorgeous rooms, Beth Mars Dean. You probably never knew a bedding stylist exists, but she’s the lady that makes sure all of our beds look picture perfect and snooze worthy. For all of your bedding questions answered, be sure to listen to this episode!


Our Complete Styling Guide to Consoles, Bookshelves, and Coffee Tables

By |Jan 2, 2017|Decor & Pillows, Decor & Pillows, Decorating, Entryways, Furniture, Living Rooms, Tips & Solutions|3 Comments

Ballard Designs' complete guide to styling your bookcases, consoles, and coffee tables

Picking out the right furniture pieces, fabrics, and rugs is only half the challenge of decorating your home. The second half, and sometimes even the most difficult part, is ‘styling’ your room. We think of ‘styling’ as a way to display the decorative objects that you’ve collected and love. It’s that final touch that takes your furniture pieces from simply something functional to something functional and beautiful. For all of us, the decorating objects we use to style our space may be different, but there are some universal strategies that will make styling your home easier.

We scoured our archives, surveyed our design teams, and questioned our stylists to break down all the steps and best tips for you.


Our 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

By |Dec 30, 2016|Decorating, Tips & Ideas|2 Comments

Whew, what a year 2016 has been! Before we officially ring in 2017, we thought it only fitting to look back through some of our best posts here on How to Decorate.

Use a series of paintings to fill a blank wall in a living room