Have you ever wondered how to make your home look like it was perfectly put together by an interior designer? Senior Curator Brittany Gersh is as savvy about iconic decor as she is about art, so we turned to her for insider advice on designers’ go-to pieces. From lighting to furniture to textiles, these are the items that experts pull to create the kinds of spaces people dream about. Much like advice that works when styling an outfit, Gersh suggests a good plan of attack when designing a room is to, “Pick one major piece as a focal point and start building around that.” How to select that one piece? Start with one of these six things that every interior designer knows can set the scene for an inspiring space.
Cassina La Rotonda Dining Table, $4,295
Often the first thing you see when you walk into a room (as well as the place people gather), designers know that your coffee or dining table is an opportunity to make a strong design statement. Try a piece with strikingly modern legs visible through a glass top or a dramatic pedestal base.
Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos Taraxacum Pendant Lamp, $1,010
“Lighting is one of the most underrated details in a room,” says Gersh. “For interior designers, however, it’s one of the biggest considerations when styling a room. It sets the tone and enhances the other design choices throughout the space.”
Alexander Calder, Sky Bird, 1974, $1,500
“The best interior designers start with art first before they develop their concept for a room,” Gersh says. “A strong piece of art should be the centerpiece of a room.”
Tufenkian Wool Rug, $3,150
“The same way shoes make the outfit, rugs make the room,” Gersh advises. “The best way to give your space a polished look is to invest in a rug that ties the colors, textures and other elements of the interior together.”
Eames For Herman Miller Lounge Chair, $3,500
Instantly recognizable even to those who aren’t design geeks, an iconic chair like the Eames lounge or the Barcelona chair is a no-fail investment piece that will never go out of style. Plus, this means they’ll retain their resale value if you’re ready for an interior refresh.
Vintage Bronze & Glass Bar Cart, $400
Designers have to think not only about how a room will look, but also how it functions. A metallic bar cart adds a visual accent and makes it easy to host by putting drink fixings and glassware in easy reach.
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