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Emily Henderson Decorating Tips

Decorating Tip: Remember the Importance of Scale, but Also Remember to Decorate With What You Love

In this weekend's episode of Secrets From a Stylist, Emily Henderson assisted her client Michael in redecorating his open living space. Michael had recently moved into a gorgeous, two-level, Mediterranean style home, and although his furniture was quite nice, many of his larger pieces weren't scaled for the new, larger space. Emily came to the rescue, filling the space with dramatic drapery, larger sofas, and appropriately sized tables, accents, and lighting. However, she also integrated many of his pieces back into the design, including his collection of Japanese baskets and many art pieces.

When I recently interviewed Emily about her project on HGTV'd, I asked her about scaling furniture for the space. She offered some sage advice, noting that you should balance scale with your personal love of a piece.

Emily said, "Scale is obviously important and this room in particular is big. But, I don't think that you need to be bogged down by scale too much. If you have an amazing piece that you've loved forever and it’s slightly too small or too big, it can work. When buying new things for a new space, yes, make sure that things are balanced and proportioned to the space, but don't get rid of things you love because you think they look 'off'. Sometimes a little bit of 'off' is what you need in a home to make it unique."

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How do you decorate with scale in your home? Are there any pieces that you love that are a little "off"? Where do they reside in your home?

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