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8 secrets to designing a camera-ready room

Weave a thread through a room
Weave a thread through a room © Kasia Bialasiewicz/

Want to tie a room together? Repeat a color, fabric or finish throughout, says Corey Kaplan, a Hollywood production designer for the hit TV series "Scandal."

On the show, you may have spotted that technique in character Jake Ballard's apartment -- with silver objects placed throughout the room, she says.

"(Set decorator) Amy Wells purchased a lot of silver elements -- ashtrays, balls, bowls," says Kaplan. "It's interesting, it's all-around eye-level, and it ties an eclectic room together."

It's also something you'll see in magazine layouts, Kaplan says. "You'll see one element that threads a room together."

Another luxurious touch is flowers.

"Everything looks great with flowers," says Cortney Novogratz, co-host of "9 by Design" on Bravo and "Home by Novogratz" on HGTV.

So put those on your redecorating list first, she says. "If you're able to have a plant or fresh flowers -- some greenery or some life is nice."

If you look for it, you'll see that just about every television show -- drama, sitcom or talk show -- includes a set styled with flowers, Novogratz says.


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