The way Shannon Smith transforms a bare apartment into a cozy home might cause you to confuse her for a magician, or an interior design fairy godmother at the very least. The secret to creating a stunning home, she says, is to focus on three things when decorating. “I am a firm believer that you don’t need a lot of stuff to make your space feel finished. If you consider these three things — texture, color, and scale — you can make any space feel cozy.” Keep reading to hear what Shannon has to say about approaching each.
1 Texture: The More The Merrier
“Add texture with area rugs, drapery, vintage pieces, or natural fibers,” Shannon advises.
“Layer color in your space to add depth, even if it’s neutral,” she says. “I always try to choose three colors — a light color, a dark color, and something in between — and scatter them throughout the space.”
“Large art pieces, leaning floor mirrors, and big area rugs accentuate the height of the ceilings or the width of a room,” explains Shannon. “If you are worried about living in a small space, focus particularly on this tip as it will usually make your space feel larger.”