How To Brighten Up Your Space Right This Second

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This Sherman Oaks abode is an eclectic dream full of perfectly mismatched furniture, patterns, and colors. For instance, in the sitting room, a mid-century coffee table sits between a Philippe Starck Louis Ghost Chair, a plush Bergere armchair, two etoile vases, and a '50s retro couch. Confused? Don’t be! Homepolish designer Vanessa De Vargas has a few tried and true tips for curating an interesting yet cohesive home.
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“Pick items and eras you like and gravitate toward," De Vargas says. Just because we don't usually see mid-century furniture, oriental rugs, and brass bookends together doesn’t mean they can't work! If you like it (and it fits), own it. But, to keep things from feeling too mismatched, look for complementary textures and colors to create some common ground.
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Sure, this patterned wallpaper is nuts, but it becomes a true backdrop instead of a focal point behind the shelf of vases. RELATED: This NY Studio Is The Perfect Use Of A Small Space
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Vanessa updated her client’s antique-heavy decor with mid-century and contemporary pieces and colors.

Phillip Starck Louis Ghost Chair, $410, available at Design Within Reach; H&M Candle Holder, $9.95, available at H&M; H&M Cushion Cover With Sequins, $14.95, available at H&M.
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Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Vanessa says, “Find pieces in good condition or that can be fixed without lots of repair. Have them lacquered in high-gloss white or a bright color to make them more updated for your style.”

Shop similar: Mega Home Entry Way Console Table, $95.10, available at Walmart.
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“Find fun fabrics and have the pieces upholstered to fit your decor." This bench matches the carpet’s pops of red without exactly replicating the pattern. It’s easier on the eyes than two totally different designs, but still looks coherent.

Shop similar: H&M Jacquard-Weave Rug, $29.95, available at H&M.
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Carefully choose where you’re going to put the pops of color or pattern. In one bedroom, a simple white bedspread is spruced up by adding an orange and white chevron rug, two differently patterned pillows, and an orange throw. If it's too much for you, start with one mixing two patterns, and gradually step out of your comfort zone.

Shop similar: H&M Seat Cushion, $12.95, available at H&M; West Elm Tile Wool Kilim Rug, $69-$799, available at West Elm.
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These three pieces probably shouldn't belong together, but by keeping the tschotskes on the dresser at a minimum, they just do.

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