Color is cool but beware the trendy hue. Today's on‐trend shade is tomorrow's fashion fail, so choose wisely. Classic colors, such as the primaries (red, yellow and blue), usually have staying power, mainly because they are so unapologetically basic. Red is a very popular color, especially in homes that have a subtle Asian theme, as red is a color traditionally associated with celebration, and this will work even if the home is minimalist and modern.
Rice paper lantern and kids' art wall. Easy, affordable rice paper pendant lights come in a wide range of sizes and create a lovely glow when lit. A wall with casually taped‐up children's artwork and simple white walls and chairs add up to a welcoming space where creativity can shine.
Corner bench and slipcovered armchair and chandelier. Carve out a breakfast nook that exudes easy elegance with a comfy bench seat plumped up with plenty of pillows, a real armchair and a classic chandelier. Choose a chair with an upright profile for more comfortable seating at the table, and be sure to pick a washable slipcover to make your life easier.