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Publication Date: 2016-12-27


Dering Hall's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2016

It's been quite a year in the world of design, and quite a year for Dering Hall—thank you for all of your support and readership along the way! To wrap up a momentous 2016, we pulled together our most popular stories into one top 10 list. From design rules worth breaking to mistakes to sidestep at all costs, these were the stories that caught our members' attention this year.


10. 6 Design Rules to Break, According to Top Designers

From mixing materials to asymmetrical layouts, six top interior designers chat with us about the design rules that they don’t follow and share the spaces they've created that illustrate why rules can be broken.


9. 11 Inspiring and Elegant Hallways

Though they can occasionally be overlooked and underappreciated, hallways can be an elegant and dramatic part of any home. See 11 of our favorites from designers and architects around the world.


8. 25 Kitchens with White Subway Tile Detail

It should come as no surprise that white subway tile is one of the most popular kitchen design looks. It's clean and classic and can be used in nearly every style of kitchen. Perfect for spaces large and small, these 25 kitchens showcase the different ways that white subway tile can be used in a home. 


7. 25 Elegantly Styled Bookshelves

These artfully arranged bookshelves demonstrate that beauty is in the details. See some of our favorite bookshelf designs from the classic to the contemporary by designers on Dering Hall.


6. Top Designers Share Their Favorite Paint Colors from Farrow & Ball

Given that paint can have such a transformative effect on a space, we turned to top designers to see what some of their favorite colors and finishes are. With endless possibilities, we asked these experts to focus on Farrow & Ball, a British paint company known for its exquisite colors (and creative names) and a Dering Hall favorite.


5. 16 Unique Bathroom Vanities

From handcarved and painted wood to mirror-covered metallics, these 16 bathroom vanities add a unique touch to their spaces.


4. 6 Designers Share the Best Investment Piece for a Home

Every designer knows that a successful design scheme involves the layering and mixing of furnishings and accessories, usually from a variety of sources and at a range of price points. Since every item in a home’s design probably won’t be an investment piece, we asked top designers to share with us the primary areas where clients should focus.


3. 11 Home Work Spaces to Inspire Productivity

Whether you work from home or just need a place to pay bills, a well-designed workspace is essential for staying organized and productive. Take cues from these interior designers and turn an unused space into a working area with a stylish desk, comfortable chair and accessible storage.


2. 9 Unexpected Color Combinations That Are a True Success

Black-and-white is a classic color combination but not the only option when it comes to pairing color in a home. It takes a talented designer to know how to use seemingly opposite colors successfully, and these 9 rooms showcase this expertise.


1. 9 Experts Share Common Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

While every designer's style and design approach is different, there are a few common design issues that pop up again and again as things to avoid. From improperly sized furnishings to being overly rigid on style, top experts share 9 common design mistakes that they see oft-repeated along with visual inspiration and recommendations on how to avoid them.



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