Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
04/02 Design Tips

Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips

Foolproof styling tricks

We like to think of styling as the cherry on top of the design process, but completing a space is about more than fluffing pillows and adding florals in vases.  

After years of styling an array of projects across the country, our team has developed a few trade secrets to revamp a space simply and quickly. 

Today, we’re sharing their favorite foolproof styling tricks to breathe life into any home, big or small. 

Here are 5 go-to tips from our in-house styling team:   

Tip No. 1 – Merge function with beauty 

We are firm believers in the importance of beautiful surroundings, but the truth is, we all need our spaces to function well, too. 

When we’re styling a project, we’re always thinking about how we can add pieces that allow for storing or corralling objects in a simple yet beautiful way.  

Whether it’s a textural basket in a built-in for extra blankets or a small bowl on an entryway console table for dropping keys, we’re of the mind that you don’t need to sacrifice style when incorporating functional solutions.  

Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips

Our favorite functional pieces

Pretty + practical
McGee & Co.
Cordova Basket
Target
Round Bamboo Woven Bowl Natural
McGee & Co.
Leather Crafted Tray
Target
Striped Wicker Tray
McGee & Co.
Binta Wood Bowl

Tip No. 2 – Diversify your shapes 

Playing with contrasting shapes is a simple way to keep a vignette from feeling too one-note, and when it comes to styling, layering in shapely objects to your space can make all the difference. 

Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips

"Never be afraid of objects. They are pieces to invest in, and they can really balance out a space or a built-in like nothing else can."

Kristine Metcalf, VP of Creative

Shapely decor favorites

Dimension adding objects
McGee & Co.
Charcoal Soapstone Link
Target
Decorative Stone Wood Ball
McGee & Co.
Gold Loop Object
Target
Decorative Soapstone Puzzle Figurine

Tip No. 3 – Allow your pieces to breathe  

Although we love bringing as many beautiful and functional pieces as we can to each space, we’ve also found that sometimes, less is more.  

To avoid distracting the visual plane too much, we try to give our pieces room to breathe with pared-back, quiet moments within each vignette. 

Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips

Tip No. 4 – Blend the old and new 

Creating a dimensional look is all about balance and contrast, and there’s nothing that complements a new home or piece as a great vintage accent. In both remodels and new builds, we love layering character-building pieces to invite that lived-in feeling, relaxed feeling. 

Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips

"Every room needs something found. We're always trying to add extra character, and vintage or vintage-inspired pieces are the best way to do this."

Jen Paul, Stylist
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips

Character-filled favorites

Vintage inspired pieces
McGee & Co.
Still Life with Lemon
Target
Floral Print Distressed Persian Rug
McGee & Co.
Ponder in the Park 2
McGee & Co.
Vintage Rug No. 165

Tip No. 5 – Play with your natural elements  

While we love bringing life into our spaces with greenery, thinking outside of the box with your natural elements can lend the best results. Don’t be afraid to opt for overflowing, wild blooms, dried florals, or foraged branches to bring an organic shape or unexpected color to your look.  

Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
Our Styling Team’s Go-to Tips
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Studio McGee
  1. “ Our hope is that this space inspires you to experiment with and identify your interior style…” This is exactly what SM has helped me realize! Thank you for sharing all the tips and tricks, photos, blog posts and especially those webisodes! SM is truly inspirational.

  2. Hi there, could you please let me know the color and brand of paint of the kitchen cabinets in the first picture?

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