25 Aesthetic Room Ideas for a Low-Key Viral Home

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Max Burkhalter

Lacquer Your Ceiling

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Thomas Loof

An easy to execute (if labor-intensive) home hack: Make your ceilings shine! In this Nick Olsen project, the designer turned a trad interior on its head with a coat of light blue lacquer on the ceiling. The sky’s clearly the limit in this space.


Put Your Inspirations Front and Center

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Max Burkhalter

In the office of J.Crew womenswear director Olympia Gayot, who worked as a portrait painter after studying at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, garments hang from a vintage French iron clothing rack alongside a lo-fi personal touch. It’s a basically a Pinterest board come to life.

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Match Your Walls to Your Sofa

a home office with deep emerald walls has an emerald velvet sofa, a small black side table with a vase of ferns, a dark wood desk with ornate legs and a panther on top, and a framed abstract painting
Maureen M. Evans

Whether you have a fancy sectional or a slipcovered couch from Ikea, your sofa is a great way to incorporate a pop of color and texture into any room. Take it to the next level by matching your walls to the seating upholstery, as seen here in the Portugal home of jewelry designer Matthew Harris—especially if you want to make a big impact in a small space.


Be Open to Fun

a dining room has wood paneled walls, a chunky wood table with six chairs, a glass wall with door opening to an outside terrace, a large handpainted globe pendant, and a large abstract painting with green hues and shapes
Chris Mottalini

Designer Garrett Hunter balanced out the eye-catching lines of this dining set with a an oversized lantern, hand-painted by local Los Angeles artist Jeffrey Cheung. If you’re feeling created, you can DIY your own design.


Celebrate Saturated Hues

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Nicole Franzen

In the dining area of Orior creative director Ciarán McGuigan’s Brooklyn apartment, the black round dining table is contrasted by square-framed dining chairs featuring bright blue leather upholstered cushions. Do the same, and your guests just might need to sit down for the big reveal.

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Opt for an Analogous Color Scheme

a large modern artwork on a wall faces the to a windowed door to a bedroom that has a wall of frosted glass with terra cotta colored drapes, a bed frame covered in brown fabric and a lighter brown spread

Designer Casey Kenyon created a cozy nook in this Manhattan apartment by encasing the sleeping area in glass-paned doors, allowing light to reach further into the space without sacrificing privacy. A monochromatic color scheme ties the look together.


Make Lighting a Focal Point

a brass bed with a fabric headboard and matching bedcover, the wall behind covered in an amber gold fabric, a marble and leather table next to the bed, and a brass, glass, and suede pendant light above
Stephen Kent Johnson

Granted, the entirety of Apparatus CEO Gabriel Handifar’s Manhattan apartment is luxurious. But one easy takeaway from the stunning loft space that you could use in your own home? Make lighting a focal point! By incorporating a sculptural fixture by the bedside, the boundaries of the room are defined and accented.


Drape Fabric!

bed with oatmeal colored coverlet and hanging bed linens on the wall behind and a small scrolly leg night table on the right
Chris Mottalini

Gorgeous fabrics are a great way to add personality and texture to any space. But if you can’t afford upholstery or custom curtains? Just drape it! The effect can be studied and elegant, as seen here in a West Hollywood home designed by Andre Herrero of Charlap Hyman & Herrero.

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Incorporate Unexpected Materials

a screening room has a desk, cabinets, and drawers made of stainless steel, above desk is a tv screen and shelves with a curtain behind them, deep blue rug, desk chair with wood base and canvas seat and back
Chris Mottalini

The kitchen isn’t the only place where you need ample storage. This home office nook in a Miami project by Charlap Hyman & Herrero sings, thanks to aluminum cabinetry.


Balance Clean Lines with Raw Edges

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Tim Lenz

The tailored shape of this bouclé sofa is beautifully offset by a live-edge cocktail table in a SoHo apartment designed by Nicholas Obeid. Complete the look with a gauzy Roman shade and a cream paint job.


Play with Graphic Elements

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Tim Lenz

Bedding becomes a striking graphic element in the bedroom of this Christian Siriano project. A curvaceous headboard punctuates the space, which is tied together with a muted color palette.

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Keep Things Grounded

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Stephen Kent Johnson

Designer Sarah Zames of the Brooklyn firm General Assembly worked with actor Amanda Seyfried on this Catskills home, outfitting a guest bedroom with cement tiles by Commune. Set into the reclaimed-oak flooring, they work in lieu of an area rug.


Mix Old and New

in the entry with white walls and a dark wood floor is spanish mission style console flanked by two metal chairs with wavy backs and cushion seats, a vintage table lamp, wall sconces, and a large wall mirror
Tim Lenz

Designer Augusta Hoffman mixed eras and inspirations to create this entryway tableau, featuring a Spanish Mission-style sideboard, custom-designed mirror, and contemporary seating by Design Frères.


Keep Organization Front and Center

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Maureen M. Evans

Don’t forget that you can have an aesthetic kitchen too! Racks of spice jars and sets of bowls filled with napkins—keeping things organized and at hand was key for designer Mark Grattan, whose Mexico City kitchen features beautiful tile and open shelving.

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Incorporate Statement Plants

an office and guest room has oak paneled walls and cabinets with a large matte black ceramic vase, an orange sofa with a cylindrical back, and orangey red s chair, a deep teal rug, and light wood window blinds
Kelly Marshall

There’s nothing more aesthetic than an oversized arrangement. In the Manhattan home of athletes Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird, the guest room-cum-office is outfitted in wood paneling with a sofa by Flemming Busk. The mini side table is the perfect touch for holding incense.


Consider Unconventional Arrangements

a dining room has light blue walls, a rose and deep blue patterned banquette, two square glass topped tables, four orange and two blue dining chairs, twin frosted glass pendants, and a surrealist painting,
Stephan Juillard

A sofa in the dining area? Two tables instead of one? Designer Pierre Gonalons made this Paris duplex sing with his custom banquette, twin tables, and chairs in the dining room. You can get the look at home by keeping an eye out for matching sets and pairs.


Match Your Ceiling to Your Flooring

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Ori Harpaz

Designer David Lucido made this L.A. home pop with a taupe ceiling that picks up the earthy tones in the floor tiles. The cocooning effect keeps the focus on the room’s architectural details.

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Paint Your Cabinets

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Matthew Williams

The firm Studio DB created an eye-catching kitchen nook in this Manhattan apartment. Sliding porthole doors serve a practical purpose, helping to minimize cooking smells, while the cabinet fronts and walls are painted a soothing pale green.


Make a Splash with Your Bedding

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Brian W. Ferry

Your bed makes a huge statement, so why not make it a bold one? This basement-level bedroom in a Brooklyn project by the firm Civilian packs a huge punch with an orange duvet cover with matching pillow cases.

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Sean Santiago is ELLE Decor‘s Deputy Editor, covering news, trends and talents in interior design, hospitality, travel, and luxury. He writes the So Courant! column for the magazine and elledecor.com.


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