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How to Style Your Home Like a Pro

How to Style Your Home Like a Pro


Robin Zachary styles shelves

Everyone wants their home to look put together, but not everyone is a professional stylist or interior designer. So how can the average person achieve professional design? In her new book, Styling Beyond Instagram: Take Your Prop Styling Skills from the Square to the Street, prop stylist Robin Zachary shares insider tips on how to make any space look put together.

Table setting with flower centerpieces and greenery, candlesticks, and marble place settings.
Robin Zachary is a professional prop stylist. She has a huge collection of props to use in scenes, arranging them together in a beautiful way to sell a product.

Where do I start?

Styling your home is a daunting task – whether you start with a blank slate or are working with what you have. Interior decorator Elizabeth Blake always starts with a floor plan, tackling each room one at a time. Think about where to place your furniture to make your room flow the best for its intended purpose. For example, you can create a separator between two rooms by placing seating away from a wall and using it as a makeshift barrier between rooms.

Style your home like a pro with breakfast in bed with orange juice and croissants
With the rise of social media, styling is more accessible than ever. You can find stylists for any niche on Instagram, learning what they do and how they do it. It’s also a great way to gain inspiration from those around you.

Find your style

Interior design is completely subjective. Do some research and figure out what style fits you best, then adapt it to your unique taste. Within farmhouse style, there are so many different branches: French farmhouse, industrial, modern farmhouse, boho, and more! Each style has some identifying features that you can focus on incorporating into your home design. Farmhouse style typically includes wall paneling (like shiplap or wainscoting) and lots of wood finishes. It has a more neutral color palette and “lived in” details like distressed paint and vintage items.

Robin Zachary cutting flowers to make a bouquet
The difference between good design and great design is really in the details. You can use “props” in your own home to elevate any space. Flowers, framed artwork and linens and pillows are all intentional décor details that tie into your design.

Put it all together

Now that you have a floor plan for your space and a style that you want to recreate, it’s time to put it all together. Pick a color palette with 3-5 colors, including the colors of your walls and flooring. If you aren’t planning on re-doing your floors or painting all of your walls, you want your color palette to be cohesive with what you already have. It’s also good to have an accent color or two that you can tie into the room in various ways. Now when you are shopping for furniture and décor to style your home, you have a color palette and design inspiration to help guide your choices.  

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Cover of Styling Beyond Instagram by Robin Zachary about styling your home
Styling Beyond Instagram: Take Your Prop Styling Skills form the Square to the Street, by Robin Zachary, published by Schiffer Craft, July 2022; schifferbooks.com.

Want to learn more about farmhouse style and interior design? Check out Best Metal Finishes for Farmhouse Style and How to Choose Art For Your Home!

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