How to decorate your home to look like a model home

August 4, 2018 | 6:00 am

Updated August 4, 2018 | 6:16 am

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How many times have you walked through the Parade of Homes or watched a home design show and wished your home could have that same polished finish and designer look?

It’s easier than you think — especially when you have tips from a professional model home designer. Here are just a few ways you can achieve that show home look.

Find an Inspiration Piece

At a loss of where to even start? Find your inspiration in a piece that really appeals to you; a photo from a magazine, an area rug, a piece of pottery, a fabric swatch or even something that has sentimental value. For every model home I design, there’s always that one thing that says “this is it” for me. I use it as a basis for the color palette and sometimes even the style of the home.

Discover YOUR Style

Figuring out your own personal style can be difficult because there are just so many out there and they are all equally fabulous. Do your research. Visit model homes, browse photo galleries online, and take note of what really appeals to you. Once you’ve determined your style, stick with it throughout your home. That doesn’t mean that because you tend to like mid-century modern, you can’t use a traditional piece you love. Mixing can ultimately be what makes your home uniquely you.

Consistency in Color

Pick a color palette and stick with it throughout the main living spaces of your home. With today’s open floor plans its not uncommon that you can see the family room, kitchen and dining area from the entry of your home. A consistent color palette creates a cohesive look that will flow from room to room. But that doesn’t mean you have to paint every wall the same color. Love navy blue? Paint a navy accent wall in your dining room, use navy patterned accent pillows on your family room sofa, and then find a fun navy canister set for your kitchen.

Float Your Furniture

Open floor plans can also be difficult to navigate when arranging furniture. Start with an area rug, I typically use a 9-by-12, and place it in your family room. Make sure to center the rug with any elements you’d like to call attention to, such as a fireplace or a bank of windows. Then use the edges of the rug to anchor your furniture placement. Should the furniture be fully placed on the rug or at the edges? That’s up to you and the size of your room.

Frame Your Windows

Functional window treatments, such as shades and blinds, are important; but the addition of window treatments in the form of a panel can really pull a room together. It adds a softness to the space while calling attention to the window and the natural light it provides. Probably the most frequent questions I receive are concerning the curtain rods I use, which are an 18 to 36 inch adjustable rod. I install one to each side of the window and usually don’t extend the rod more than 20 inches, allowing the curtain panel to hang with natural folds and remain stationary.

Use these tips to start and you’ll be on your way to a well designed home. Consistency in color palette and style are key, but adding accent pieces and accessories that you love are ultimately what will complete your space and make a house your home.

Amelia Laster is the Design and Merchandising Manager for Jagoe Homes. To see more of Amelia’s work, visit

August 4, 2018 | 6:00 am

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