Living Color

Photography by Denise Davies

Redecorating a space can be overwhelming. The endless options and preferences of design can befuddle a homeowner and stop creativity in its tracks. However, Denise Davies, founder and CEO of D2 Interieurs (, says that there are no hard and fast rules. Here, she offers practical advice, along with specific examples from a project she completed in a mid-century home. Even the most nonplussed homeowner should feel inspired, whether starting from scratch or just giving an old space new life.

Think quality over upfront price. The pieces you’ll use most often will see the most wear, so they should be high quality to ensure that you never have to hunt for a replacement. Invest in a well-crafted living room set that will hold up to the punishment inflicted by children, pets and daily life.

With so many varieties of lighting available, you can easily incorporate sculptural fixtures while maintaining their primary function—illumination. An impactful light fixture is also a great way to make a statement in an otherwise sedate room. Additionally, try for at least three sources of light in each room: ambient, task and accent.

The artwork in your home doesn’t necessarily have to match your interior aesthetic. If you live in a Colonial with traditional furniture, nothing looks cooler than an abstract hanging above the fireplace. When you find a piece of art you love, don’t hold off on purchasing just because you don’t think it will go.

When shopping for furniture, don’t feel limited only to pieces that match the type of home you live in. Don’t be afraid to buy something that might not “match.” You’ll always find a place for special pieces you instantly fall in love with. It’s your space, so decorate it the way you want to.

Incorporate color in your design, thoughtfully. For a fun kid’s room, use white walls and a punchy accent wall or ceiling, so as not to overwhelm the room. For common living spaces, use a neutral-toned palette with pops of color, which allows you the flexibility to easily change your aesthetic on a whim.



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