Every home is different because it reflects the tastes, desires and lifestyle of the people living in it. No matter what the type of furniture or decor, there are certain elements that beautiful homes have in common. By incorporating some — or all — of these components you can create a beautiful living space of your own.

Lema's wall of shelving is a book-lover's dream.The Mysercough Water Table definitely falls in the "focal point" category.A console and side tables from Bliss Studio sport some very special legs.Ernestomeda bar.McHale's boho chandelier has a mysterious steam-punk feel.The bedroom is at the top of the list for rooms that need mood lighting.A calming, yet unexpected color palette and decor style.Practical but unexpected, Wewood's shelf is also a conversation piece.Barel's funky floor lamps are an option for a modern or eclectic home.This Noir bookcase has geometric lines.A gilded bar cart like this one from Go Home is a useful, yet luxe addition to a room.A more casual space can use a less shiny bar cart.

A Pleasing Color Palette

It doesn’t matter what kind of furniture is in a home with if the color palette is not pleasing. Choose bold, bright, neutral or serene, just make sure the colors are complementary. Give thought to the walls, decor, flooring or floor coverings, and furnishings and accessories.

A calming, yet unexpected color palette and decor style.
A calming, yet unexpected color palette and decor style.

An Impeccably Organized Closet

Clutter is never beautiful, especially if its in your closet.  Sorting, organizing and storing clothing and accessories is much easier with a beautiful and well designed closet. The old adage of “everything in its place and a place for everything” holds true. Installing a custom closet can make getting dressed not only much easier, but more efficient as well as enjoyable.

4141 Design in Miami presents a handsome custom closet arrangement.
4141 Design in Miami presents a handsome custom closet arrangement.
A closet designed by Ornare features suspended drawers with glass windows.
A closet designed by Ornare features suspended drawers with glass windows.

Distinctive Dining Chairs

Beautiful homes express the individuality of their occupants with stylish pieces, and dining chairs are an easy way to make a statement without being over the top. All dinner guests will be using these dining chairs and a special design can make even the most basic table more interesting. If it’s not possible to get a new dining table, just change out the chairs from something more dramatic.

These elegant, yet slightly funky upholstered chairs are from ArtMax.
These elegant, yet slightly funky upholstered chairs are from ArtMax.
A cleaner, more modern design can still have an unexpected feature, like the arms on this chair from Tonon.
A cleaner, more modern design can still have an unexpected feature, like the arms on this chair from Tonon.
Upholstery doesn't have to be formal or feel restrained when you choose frayed seam chairs like these from Dovetail.
Upholstery doesn’t have to be formal or feel restrained when you choose frayed seam chairs like these from Dovetail.

Luxurious Throws

Even modern or rustic decor can benefit from a touch of softness.  Most gorgeous homes feature at least a couple of cuddly throws tossed across a sofa, bench or bed. Opting for quilts, blankets, furs or other textiles will depend upon the style of the space, but regardless, they should feel special or opulent.

Asukin drapes their fur throw across this bench almost like a seat cover.
Asukin drapes their fur throw across this bench almost like a seat cover.

Mood Lighting

Of course a home needs task lighting in specific places, but without some subtle, well-placed mood lighting, it can seem sterile and unwelcoming. This is a great opportunity to use artful lighting fixtures, table lamps and floor pieces to cast a warm and relaxed mood over a room.

The bedroom is at the top of the list for rooms that need mood lighting.
The bedroom is at the top of the list for rooms that need mood lighting.
Barel's funky floor lamps are an option for a modern or eclectic home.
Barel’s funky floor lamps are an option for a modern or eclectic home.

A Conversation Piece

Including at least one piece of furniture that starts a conversation means that people will remember the space. Whether it’s subtle but unusual or a major focal point in your room, guests will take notice. This concept works for all styles of decor.

A console and side tables from Bliss Studio sport some very special legs.
A console and side tables from Bliss Studio sport some very special legs.
The Mysercough Water Table definitely falls in the "focal point" category.
The Mysercough Water Table definitely falls in the “focal point” category.
Nova's modern coffee table uses lights and reflection to call attention.
Nova’s modern coffee table uses lights and reflection to call attention.

A Special Mirror

Mirrors serve different purposes depending on where you hang them, from making a space seem larger to serving as a place to check yourself as you go out the door. But when they are rectangular and plain, they don’t have much flair. Choosing one that has in interesting frame or shape — or even a lighting feature — will make sure it stands out.

Boca de Lobo offers this piece that is as much art as it is mirror.
Boca de Lobo offers this piece that is as much art as it is mirror.
Palecek shows different options for distinctive mirrors.
Palecek shows different options for distinctive mirrors.

A Spectacular Piece

A beautiful home may be fairly basic but it will at least have one truly spectacular piece that draw attention. Whether it dominates through size, color, shape or lighting, it’s the focal point of the home.

Cosmopolitan Glass combines gemstone and lighting in a stunning piece.
Cosmopolitan Glass combines gemstone and lighting in a stunning piece.

A Bar/Wine Area

Beautiful homes make guests feel comfortable and an easy way to do that is to establish a wine or bar area for entertaining. Having a designated place for all the things needed to serve people makes it easy to be organized.

Ernestomeda bar.
Ernestomeda bar.

Or at Least a Bar Cart

Smaller homes can still offer a hub for entertaining by using a bar cart or tea cart. Whatever the event or beverage, carts make it easy to bring refreshments to the living area.  In addition, a tea cart is a stylish accent piece when not in use.

A gilded bar cart like this one from Go Home is a useful, yet luxe addition to a room.
A gilded bar cart like this one from Go Home is a useful, yet luxe addition to a room.
A more casual space can use a less shiny bar cart.
A more casual space can use a less shiny bar cart.

Beautiful table settings

A table covered with a new rug adds texture and dimension.
A table covered with a new rug adds texture and dimension.

Boost the beauty factor of a home for entertaining by setting a special table. Non-traditional table coverings, mixed dinnerware and plenty of candles are easy way to elevate a table setting. Using special china to set the table also helps create an exceptional mood.



Everyday dining can be special with fun plates like these from Finch in Hudson, New York.
Everyday dining can be special with fun plates like these from Finch in Hudson, New York.

Distinctive Wall Coverings

Nothing is more boring than four beige walls. Beautiful homes often take a few risks with special wall coverings, ranging from wood, tile, glass or even specialty wall papers. Used judiciously in the right space, unusual wall treatments can make a home seem extra luxurious.

Wall paper, like this large-scale botanical print from Flavor Paper, are trending.
Wall paper, like this large-scale botanical print from Flavor Paper, are trending.
Wonderwalls textured wood is good choice for a home focused on natural elements.
Wonderwalls textured wood is good choice for a home focused on natural elements.
Larger tiles in a modern pattern with shine add a sophisticated touch to an area. From Walker Zanger.
Larger tiles in a modern pattern with shine add a sophisticated touch to an area. From Walker Zanger.

Touch of Bling

A little bling goes a long way in making an interior beautiful. The amount used depends upon the decor style, but beautiful rustic homes also use pops of shiny metallics to spark interest.

A neutral, natural feeling space could be a suitable place for these organically shaped pendant shades.
A neutral, natural feeling space could be a suitable place for these organically shaped pendant shades.
Rangecraft's platinum hood sports Swarovski jewels, adding an even more luxe touch.
Rangecraft’s platinum hood sports Swarovski jewels, adding an even more luxe touch.

A Relaxed Retreat

The most calming place in a home should be a the bedroom. Choosing a style and decor that is relaxing is the primary goal in creating a restful retreat.

A basically neutral bedroom uses many textures and plum undertones to create interest
A basically neutral bedroom uses many textures and plum undertones to create interest

Practical But Stylish Shelving

Shelving is a must, so why not make it interesting. It’s used for display as well as storage and opting for a design that adds more dimension to a room helps make it distinctive.

Practical but unexpected, Wewood's shelf is also a conversation piece.
Practical but unexpected, Wewood’s shelf is also a conversation piece.
Lema's wall of shelving is a book-lover's dream.
Lema’s wall of shelving is a book-lover’s dream.
This Noir bookcase has geometric lines.
This Noir bookcase has geometric lines.
A mixture of closed and open shelving is a stylish option.
A mixture of closed and open shelving is a stylish option.

A Comfortable Dining Table

Whether it’s a dining room or a kitchen, a sturdy table that encourages lingering is critical. Guests will feel at home in a dining room with a great table, and in a kitchen, a super table is the hub of daily family life.

A large wooden table is always a good choice in the kitchen.
A large wooden table is always a good choice in the kitchen.
Urbia's live edge table and bench are an option for a natural or rustic setting.
Urbia’s live edge table and bench are an option for a natural or rustic setting.

Floor Coverings that Wow

Flooring is just as important as wall colors and coverings, so it should be special.  Choosing wider plank wood flooring in lighter colors or rugs that meld design genres are ways to make a home stand out.

Jan Kath's distinctive rugs combine traditional Persian patterns and abstract sections of bold color.
Jan Kath’s distinctive rugs combine traditional Persian patterns and abstract sections of bold color.
Northern Plank's herringbone wood is a sophisticated choice for flooring.
Northern Plank’s herringbone wood is a sophisticated choice for flooring.

Attractive Lighting

Light fixtures should be a focal point and not an afterthought. Yes, a utilitarian fixture from the home store does the job, but well-thought-out lighting that reflects style makes a huge difference in a home.

McHale's boho chandelier has a mysterious steam-punk feel.
McHale’s boho chandelier has a mysterious steam-punk feel.
Unusual lighting adds unexpected dimension to a home. These sticks are from Misora Emme.
Unusual lighting adds unexpected dimension to a home. These sticks are from Misora Emme.

Natural Elements

Greenery and natural elements add freshness to any space.  Even homeowners who have a brown thumb can find ways to incorporate greenery as a design element. The feel of a living thing immediately changes the mood of a room.

Neff kitchens herb garden shelving.
Neff kitchens herb garden shelving.
Polarmoss is an eco-friendly, no maintenance way to add some greenery.
Polarmoss is an eco-friendly, no maintenance way to add some greenery.
Adding a piece made from natural elements is another option. These furnishings are from UMA.
Adding a piece made from natural elements is another option. These furnishings are from UMA.

 An Amazing Piece of Art

Last but not least, any beautiful home will feature some amazing art. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but savvy homeowners know that what they display will convey their tastes and sensibilities. The most important thing is to display it with confidence and pride.

A 3-D wall piece from artist Frank Stell.
A 3-D wall piece from artist Frank Stell.
A very detailed drawing by Alexi Diaz.
A very detailed drawing by Alexi Diaz.

Incorporating one or more of these elements can help make your home more beautiful. Pick your favorites and work them into your decor style for immediate gratification.

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