12 Interior Design Tips We Learned From Our Readers

Updated 11/05/19
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Along with travel photos, selfies, and trendy fashion looks, Instagram offers a wealth of interior design inspiration. Yes, you can still flip through the pages of glossy décor magazines, visit furniture showrooms, and interrogate your most design-savvy friend for the latest home décor trends, but you can also simply open up a little app on your phone. Thanks to Instagram, interior designers (both amateur and professional) can reach a whole new audience of design-obsessed individuals, sharing photos of dreamy interiors that feature everything from up-and-coming brands and one-of-a-kind vintage wares.

We took to the 'gram to find out which décor elements have been resonating most with some of our readers by using our own Instagram hashtag #InMyDomaine, which gives us access to galleries of stunning rooms in every style you can think of. Right now, there are over 200,000 Instagram posts using the hashtag, offering us quite a stash of design inspiration. If you're in need of some décor ideas, take a look for yourself to see all of the beautiful interiors our readers have been sharing lately.

However, if you're looking for a quick design fix, we picked 12 favorite interior décor tips that make for jaw-dropping living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. Keep scrolling to find out what we learned from our readers and how to shop their show-stopping looks.

Make a Statement With a Contemporary Chandelier

This crisp living room comes from the Instagrammer Whitney Utesch and trust us: It does not disappoint. Pops of greenery stand out against the all-white walls, cabinets, and fireplace while a jute rug, rattan chair, and natural poufs give the space texture and warmth. The room wouldn't be complete without the contemporary black-and-brass sputnik chandelier hanging from the ceiling, which makes a statement without taking the attention away from the rest of the thoughtful décor.

world market sputnik chandelier
Cost Plus World Market Matte Black 12 Arm Sputnik Chandelier $250
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Hang Black-and-White Photography in the Bathroom

When it comes to bathroom art, you can't go wrong with a subtle black-and-white print. Take a page from lifestyle blogger Claire Wainwright's book and select a strong frame for a piece that speaks to you. Whether it's a realistic photograph or an abstract work, a soothing wall hanging can turn any ordinary bathroom into a relaxing retreat. 

Desenio Love Warriors Sky Poster
Desenio Love Warriors Sky Poster $90
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Place a Round Mirror Above the Fireplace for Dimension

We're swooning over this light-filled living room discovered on stylist Maddy Evennett's beautifully curated Instagram. The textured rug, abstract art, hanging botanicals, and leather accent chair all come together to create a serene living space. Our favorite item? The round mirror hanging above the fireplace mantle.

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Project 62 Modern Round Brass Mirror $60
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Curate a Bold Gallery Wall

Lisa Dawson is not afraid of color— and this gallery wall is proof. The daring décor features a variety of prints and photographs, all in different sizes and colors. The finished look is bold, expressive, maximalist, and simply whimsical. Get the look by hanging a few of your favorite smaller pieces of art on one wall.

First time creating a gallery wall? Check out our fail-safe tips here.

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Marmont Hill Lips Colors Red Print by Amanda Greenwood $80 $58
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Add a Touch of Glam to the Kitchen With Gold Pendant Lighting

Craving a mouth-watering kitchen? Feast your eyes on this chic space from blogger Alma Arrieta. It's a prime example of how gold lighting can add just the right amount of glam to an otherwise breezy kitchen with coastal vibes. Ditch silver accent pieces for shiny gold details to try out the style for yourself. 

Hudson Valley Lambert Pendant Light
Hudson Valley Lighting Group Lambert Pendant Light $704
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Play Around With Vintage Furniture

Robyn Donaldson turned this living room into an eclectic abode, thanks to her expert thrift shopping. The design enthusiast boasts that almost everything she decorates with was found on eBay—which is no small feat. In addition to eBay, you can go digital thrifting on other vintage décor sites to find one-of-a-kind pieces that will add character and history to your home.

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Floyd The Sofa $1,490
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Use Baskets for Chic Storage

Nothing makes a bathroom look less sophisticated than towels, cleaning supplies, and other essentials being left strewn about. The stylish solution? A chic basket that's both functional and elegant. Interior designer Kristina Lynne nails the look in this serene bathroom.

Serena & Lily Solid La Jolla Baskets
Serena & Lily Solid La Jolla Baskets $88-178
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Add a Pop of Color to the Kitchen with Leather Bar Stools

Designer Lindye Galloway took to Instagram to share a look at her own kitchen, and we're glad she did. The beautiful all-white cabinetry and subway tiles are punctuated by burnt orange leather barstools and light wide plank wood flooring. The space feels fresh and contemporary while remaining timelessly classic.

CB2 Roadhouse Leather Bar Stool
CB2 Roadhouse Leather Bar Stool $279
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Find Parisian-Inspired Décor

If you can't seem to get enough of Parisian interior design, you'll love this living room designed by Lauren MacLean. The crown molding, traditional fireplace, and soft velvet furnishings simply ooze Parisian style. Look for luxe materials and effortlessly chic décor like the sculptural coffee table and abstract art to adopt this style for your own living room.

West Elm Superellipse Glass Top Side Table
West Elm Superellipse Glass Top Side Table $249 $170
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Display an Organized Bookshelf

Another heart-stopping interior space from Lynne, this reading nook features a spotless bookshelf. Free of clutter, it elevates the corner and doesn't cramp the small space. Take time to style your bookshelf and resist the urge to pile on too many elements at once. You'll be left with a highly styled space for all your treasures to sit on display.

Anthropologie Woven Grass Vase
Anthropologie Woven Grass Vase $28
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Diversify Your Greens

As Jess Hartman of Hartman Haus proves, fiddle leaves and snake plants aren't the only ways to breathe life into your home. In this bedroom, she uses dried pampas leaves to give her space a west coast feel.

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Bob and Marge Dried Pampas Leaves $47 $42
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Embrace Natural Elements With Potted Plants

Speaking of plants, walking into Elizabeth Sparacio's Philadelphia loft is like stepping foot inside an urban greenhouse. Her botanical-filled space makes an argument for the importance of surrounding yourself in nature, even if you live in the city. While you don't need to grow an entire garden in your home, a few plants (real or faux) can do wonders—both for how your home looks and how you'll feel in it.

West Elm Faux Potted Snake Plant
West Elm Faux Potted Snake Plant $69
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