HGTV Dream Home 2014: Steal the Look

This year’s HGTV Dream Home is a new mountain masterpiece nestled in the pines near Lake Tahoe, Calif. And while it may be hard to re-create its majestic views, you can borrow (OK, steal) some of this home’s best design ideas. Here’s how to do it.

Lighten Up the Lighting

Lighten Up the Lighting

Who says a dining room needs a massive chandelier? Dial down the formality by installing a group of mismatched pendant lights, as designer Linda Woodrum did here. For maximum style points, go with an odd number—three or five works best.

Break the (Color) Rules

Break the (Color) Rules

You’ve heard the design rule: Only neutrals work for large pieces of furniture. Time to throw that one out the window. With a little planning, an orange couch can seem like the most natural decision in the world. Choose complementary neutrals (yes, you do need them) to balance your pièce de résistance and one bold accent color (like the green here) to create a look that’s cohesive and clean, but far from boring.

Double Down

Double Down

One set of bunk beds? An ingenious space saver. Two sets of bunk beds? A brilliant strategy for large families or frequent sleepovers. The icing on the cake is a reading lamp for each bunk. 

Chart the Seating

Chart the Seating

The surest way to cozy up a formal (or even a not-so-formal) living room: Introduce a mix of seating options. A rocking chair here, an oversize wing chair there and you have a space that demands you sit down and stay awhile. Add a variety of textures in the form of throws and pillows to up the comfy factor even further.

Take It Outside

Take It Outside

To make your outdoor space just as welcoming as your indoors, create well-defined “rooms”—an area for dining, one for quiet conversation, one for sipping wine. And don’t forget the accessories. Natural objects (branches, seashells, rocks, etc.) can be transformed into art—and you won’t have to worry about how they’ll hold up in the elements.