Decorating and entertaining in our home can be tricky sometimes. We want to curate our space to fit our personality and individual style, host gatherings for guests, and make the most of our spaces, but we’re not always sure where to start. Well, our favorite celebrities have gone through the same issues before and have some incredible entertaining and design tips to share so we don’t make the same mistakes they did!
01. Make Rooms Intentional
Lily Singh tells us that you shouldn’t be taking your work to just any space in your home. In fact, make sure each room has its own functionality so the pieces you choose, the accessories, the colors and the overall ambiance will match perfectly what is needed of each room.
02. Timeless Is Timeless
03. Personalize Playlists
Grammy-award winning musician John Legend gives us a entertaining tip, “I make playlists for all of our dinner parties, blending vintage jazz with a little soul and hip hop.” He tends to mix several artists, from old to new, making sure every guest is entertained, no matter their taste.
04. Invest In Key Pieces
Interior designer and tv personality, Jeremiah Brent, suggests prioritizing is the key. It’s best to invest in big key pieces, such as sofas and chairs, that are timeless and transitional. “Throw pillows and accessories can be less expensive and serve as a great opportunity to play with trends.”
05. Use Experiences As Inspiration
“I feel like my travels around the world and my experiences in the industry have influenced me,” model Miranda Kerr explains about drawing inspiration from personal experiences. She feels like her experiences of being exposed to so many different materials, colors and textures have really inspired her when it comes to interior design.
06. Resource Online
According to interior designer and tv personality, Nate Berkus, you should be shopping for special materials and finishes online. “Backsplash tile, hardware, cutting boards, mirrors—there are so many beautiful options out there that you can find for prices that don’t have to break the bank.”
07. Keep It Simple
Scarlett Johansson tells us that simple isn’t boring. In fact, according to the Tony-award winning actress, you can go a long way with mixing textures while keeping a simple palette.
08. Start With A Plan
HGTV Design Star, Emily Henderson, says that “you can definitely design with spontaneity, but having a game plan before you start purchasing larger pieces can save you a lot of time and headache later down the road.” Our own advice is that you should definitely start planning the essentials ahead: colors, material, and mood or feel.
09. Highlight Meaningful Pieces
West Side Story actress, Ariana Debose suggests being intentional with what you bring to your home. “Bring things with good energy into the home to maintain the history of the house. (…) “I want to feel like the things that are present and living in my home have soul to them.”
10. Set The Mood
Actress Nina Dobrev tells us that setting the mood in the home is the most important factor. “Just the smell of warm cookies when you walk into a home is so inviting, whether it’s a holiday party, gathering, or a dinner.”
11. Play With Design
Celebrity interior designer, Mikel Welch says that he wants more people to step outside the box, embrace the beauty of design and play with it. “I want people to step outside of their box and really get out there and get inspired with design. This design world is meant for us to play and take risks and to take challenges.”
12. Recharge Yourself
Interior designer and tv personality Bobby Berk emphasizes on designing a space to help you unwind mentally and physically. “I preach a lot on Queer Eye that making your home livable and making your home a space that makes you happy can really affect your mental health and help you recharge at night, just like you charge your phone.”
13. Add Decorative Accents
John Legend says that he loves artificial trees because they never drop leaves or turn brown. In fact, he loves adding greenery in his home to brighten the decor. “We have a big olive tree in our entranceway that looks and feels completely real.”
14. Complement Basic With Impact
“Spend money on items that have a big decorative impact, and go basic in construction materials,”Berkus advises to focus on key items.
15. Balance Different Styles
“Steve and I are opposites in so many ways. He loves Edison bulbs and I love cozy couches and crystals,” actress Jenna Dewan says about her and her husband’s styles. “We agreed on a lot, actually, he’s got really good style and we blend and balance each other very well.”
16. Repurpose Existing Pieces
“Reuse what you love and repurpose it,” encourages Brent. “A little imagination can go a long way in making something feel fresh and new.”
17. Maximize Your Furniture
“Swap bulky furniture pieces like desks and nightstands with ones that feature handy compartments for storing books and tech items, like laptops, cords and TV remotes,” Henderson instructs about maximizing pieces for storage.