Regardless of the type of space you’re decorating, there’s nothing more important than paying attention to details. Here, we share decorating pointers from our archives and tips from top designers to help you make sense of what good design really means. If you’re open to mastering a few basic decorating principles and putting your creativity to the test, you’re sure to enjoy a home that’s both comfortable and stylish.

make (something) look more attractive by adding extra items or images to it.
synonyms: ornament, adorn, trim, embellish, garnish, furnish, enhance, grace, prettify; festoon, garland, bedeck
“the door was decorated with a wreath”


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ADORN, DECORATE, ORNAMENT, EMBELLISH, BEAUTIFY, DECK, GARNISH mean to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential. ADORN implies an enhancing by something beautiful in itself. a diamond necklace adorned her neck DECORATE suggests relieving plainness or monotony by adding beauty of color or design. decorate a birthday cake ORNAMENT and EMBELLISH imply the adding of something extraneous, ORNAMENT stressing the heightening or setting off of the original a white house ornamented with green shutters , EMBELLISH often stressing the adding of superfluous or adventitious ornament. embellish a page with floral borders BEAUTIFY adds to EMBELLISH a suggestion of counterbalancing plainness or ugliness. will beautify the grounds with flower beds DECK implies the addition of something that contributes to gaiety, splendor, or showiness. a house all decked out for Christmas GARNISH suggests decorating with a small final touch and is used especially in referring to the serving of food. an entrée garnished with parsley

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