Geometric shapes have meaning beyond math class: Circles represent harmony, triangles indicate power, squares are about stability and order. Keep these meanings in mind when you decorate — or feel free to forget about them if you just happen to like a certain hexagon-patterned pillow and couldn’t care less about the shape’s symbolism. Your home will still have an up-to-the-minute look, which is the point.

When it comes to decorating the walls in their home, most people’s go-to is a painting, print or photograph. But there’s a whole world of other good-looking wall hangings you might like. If you want to mix it up a bit, consider some of these non-artwork wall accents.

Even the simplest window treatments have an important role to play in the look of a room. “They really soften and furnish a space much more than most people imagine,” says interior designer Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles. Yet she often has to reassure people that drapes, curtains or other window treatments don’t have to be fussy. “It can be tailored, simple panels done in great fabrics and the simplest of hardware,” she says.

Want to make a classy and creative statement on your walls that others won’t regard as “off the wall”? Think wainscoting, a paneling tactic that can add elegance and esthetic charm to virtually any living space, say the experts.

While stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops receive most of the admiration in a kitchen design, cabinets have become look-at-me stars, too. Modernizing them can change a kitchen’s personality or vibe.

Nebraskans like the fabrics in their homes to be long-lasting as well as sophisticated. As a textile store owner with seven grandchildren and three dogs, Sharron Roncka Haas understands.

Throws and pillows have such a (well-deserved) reputation for adding pops of color and style to a living room. And nothing’s better than cozying up to a cashmere or faux fur throw with a soft pillow supporting your back while binge-watching Netflix.

On a recent trip to London, I spent a morning wandering the antiquity galleries of the British Museum and was reminded -- as I always am -- that so many patterns and designs we use today are actually as old as time.

In the world of home design, there’s no dirtier word than passé. It’s a term that signifies something is past its prime and destined for the dustbin of décor history (or at least for a few years until it probably comes back in vogue).

Oh, the possibilities. If you can’t find the perfect sofa for your living room or lamp for your bedside table, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. Grab your phone or laptop and keep scrolling through the growing number of online home furnishing retailers, and you are likely to find it.

Walnut, hickory, white oak, elm and pine. Name a fine hardwood, and you’re certain to find it in Don and Debbie Nelson’s Elkhorn home. Located off a winding gravel road overlooking a private lake with a sandy beach, their rustic residence boasts soaring wooden ceiling beams, an open staircase, gleaming flooring, custom cabinetry and one-of-a-kind furniture.

Big, bold flower petal prints are everywhere in today’s homes. But how can you incorporate roses and tulips into your home design without it looking like a garden exploded in your living room? Here are some tips.

One of the perks of working from home is the ability to roll out of bed on your own clock and get down to business in a bathrobe, if you so desire. But another major perk is the opportunity to create a workspace that’s as conducive to comfort as it is productivity — an efficient yet expressive area that’s the antithesis of that cold, cramped cubicle some poor soul is occupying right now in a company building somewhere.

Imagine visiting a museum where none of the paintings and pictures on display had frames. You’d likely think that the art felt naked, vulnerable and incomplete — and for good reason. Truth is, a quality frame both protects and completes the image, making it appear valuable, important and unique.

It’s one of the most important and intimate rooms in your entire home. It can make a big first impression on visitors and be instrumental in helping you feel clean and refreshed. But it can also quickly turn into an eyesore due to clutter, dirt, mold and outdated components. So maybe it’s time to give a little TLC to your bathroom.

Many of us work in open-plan offices where our allotted cubicles are small but our own, so to speak. We personalize them with baubles that mean little to others but a lot to us. A colleague, for instance, has a little blue glass dolphin that reminds her of a sun-drenched vacation on the Greek island of Paros. Another has a snow globe of San Francisco, a city where he used to work. There are pictures of his kids, then small, now grown.

When Amy Haney walked into her newly redecorated family room, she was awed by what a big difference a few design changes could make. "It made me love our house again," says Haney, who called on local decorator Kristi Margiotta to transform the main room in the family's 8-year-old home. Margiotta breathed new life into the Old World-style room by adding a fresh coat of paint along with new furnishings, lighting, pillows and window coverings.

We are nearly a month into the new year, and you may be thinking about what updates to make in your home this year. The design world is here to help with a list of styles that will be big in 2018.

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