Window Shopping Offers a World of Design Inspiration


Window shopping is a fun and educational way to shop for inspiration. Take a close look at store displays at better local furnishing stores. How do the colors, textures and design motifs relate to each other? Look at enough displays at home furnishing stores and you will notice that even when the decor styles are dramatically different, the best displays all strike a balance between different elements.

A soft neutral colored couch is livened up with pops of color introduced by contrasting pillows. A table display adorned with shiny and shimmery dishes and decorative accessories is often paired with a tablecloth in a dull texture. Objects on a mantle and pictures hanging on a wall are arranged according to scale so they balance each other out visually. Developing an appreciation for balance makes it easier to imitate a high end designer look.

For lessons in pure glamour at a real world prices, check out the displays at Z Gallerie in Leawood. The store has style to spare, brimming with plush textures and shiny objects. Perusing the Nell Hill’s Briarcliff store in Kansas City is like getting a free lesson on the art of arranging objects to create a stylish space. Rooms display home decor items like you would see in a home decorated by someone with exquisite taste.

The eclectic look is tricky to master because it involves using distinctly different styles of furnishings successfully. To see some the finest example of eclectic design successfully executed, visit the Arhaus store in Leawood. For example, Arhaus uses unexpected combinations like hanging a fancy chandelier over rustic farm dinner table to dramatic effect. Visit the Shop Local page to discover inspiring stores in your area.


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