An Interior Stylist Says This Is the Best Way to “Make Your Home Look Expensive”

Few of us have homes that look as immaculate as homes do in magazines. Budget notwithstanding, most of us simply don’t have the stamina to keep our living space in the state of perfection that print magazines command on shoot days. In reality, much more goes into an interior photo shoot than meets the eye: Furniture is moved around, accessories are brought in by the truckload, electric cords are taped to table legs (or simply photoshopped out). Some publications even have soft stylists, people who specialize in making linens and other textiles look billowy and “perfectly imperfect.”

While we shouldn’t pressure ourselves to live up to the impossible standards of magazines (whether it’s interiors, fashion, or otherwise), it doesn’t hurt to learn a few tricks of the trade to make our own homes feel a little more curated and polished. Enter Colin King, a freelance interior stylist for publications like Architectural Digest. His Instagram feed is a master class in interior styling. He’s perfected the art of crafting details that make a space feel elevated and personal. We chatted with him about all the little things that he’s learned through styling for a camera lens. The best part? A stylist’s gig is usually no more than a day’s work—which means you can achieve the same effect in just a few hours. Ready to take your home to a whole new level? These insanely easy tricks will make a world of a difference in your space.

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