Why is TikTok obsessed with “aesthetic” pieces?

As a design editor, I’ve been dealing with aesthetics for a long time. But it’s only recently that this terminology has become commonplace on the internet, with people on Instagram and TikTok embracing the word as a catch-all for inviting, well-designed, or comfortable spaces. And of course, Google has also become a destination for those looking for “aesthetic room ideas” with thousands upon thousands of people searching for the term every month. Use aside, as an esthete, I’m for it. While the word ‘aesthetic’ literally means ‘beauty-conscious’, we all know that beauty can be subjective. So to help you achieve your dream aesthetic, we’re turning to some of our favorite decorating lessons from professional designers, with examples that run the stylistic gamut. Read on for tips on everything from selecting draperies to laying a rug to matching paint colors. #aesthetics, there you are.

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In his own Seattle lakeside home, Heidi Cailler shows how mixed textures and patterns immediately warm up a stark space (without distracting attention from that spectacular view either!).

No detail is overlooked in this bathroom by Shelley Johnson-notice the Greek Key trim along the walls, which coordinates with the blush velvet of the accent chair.

If you’re lucky enough to have a view, like this one at the Point Grace resort in Turks & Caicos, go for a soft pattern, with patterns in soft hues for subtle style, like Young huh done here.


Use every inch of wall space

Staircase cutting into your wall space? Don’t worry: Hang on to the last inch for an eye-catching gallery wall, like this one by Barry and Amanda Lantz.


Go for textured monochrome

Not a fan of bold color? That’s okay: take inspiration from Sherrell Neal and stick to a restrained color palette. The key? Tons of variety of textures, like nubby linen, sleek porcelain, and iridescent inlays.

On the other On the other hand, if you’re open to bold hues, take inspiration from Rayman Boozer, aka the color guru, and go for a bold scheme, like this cherry blossom-inspired pink bedroom.

There’s a reason designers love antique rugs: they add an instant patina, like in this study by Corey Damen Jenkins. The best part? There are tons of affordable options on sites like Etsy, eBayand even Craigslist.

In the bedroom of Cupcakes & Cashmere founder Emily Schuman’s home, designer Katie Hodges mixed lavish, oversized elements (like the comfy chair) with small stools, a sculptural lamp and bed frame for dramatic effect. attractive.

No matter how good the decor, no room is complete without a personal connection. Take inspiration from Rasheeda Gray, who incorporated family photos into black frames to create a gallery wall that makes a design statement while showcasing happy memories.


Make difficult spaces comfortable

Instead of leaving awkward nooks and crannies aside, turn them into cozy spaces, like JaeJoo done with this inviting reading nook.

There’s no limit to what a coat of paint can do. For proof, look at this room in Kevin Isbellwhere fresh paint gives simple, rustic walls a chic textured look.

Don’t stop at cozy bedding: take your bedroom up a notch with a sumptuous headboard, a bench and even an upholstered wall, like Denise McGaha done here.

What’s more relaxing than a swing? Add one to your bedroom to make it the ultimate retreat, because Jess Weet done in this beach house.

In the hallway of a New York apartment by Sasha Bikoffgold wallpaper and vintage glass and lucite furniture and decor give a subtle disco ball effect.

Six inches makes a huge difference when it comes to placing your bed in surrounding shelving because Meredith Ellis done here. Swing arm sconces will provide brilliant light for bedtime reading.

Why stop with just one pillow in a pattern you love when you could cover your walls, ceiling and canopy like Mally Skok did here? The effect is a chic cocoon.

In its own Ariel OkinAriel Okin creates a secret garden effect with tons of potted plants and organics on her porch.


Make the walls a canvas

Make it feel like you’re living in a work of art, whether it’s a painting or an intricate mosaic, with a stunning mural, like in this dining room from Marc Sikes.

Avrea and company pleaded for a return to the telephone table in this bedroom where there’s room for everything – from a bedside table for a clock, a table for devices and a bench for books to a neatly stored reading lamp in a very comfortable canopy bed.

For the dining table in a professional chef/restaurateur’s kitchen, a half bench, half chair look provides the perfect blend of form and function. Plus, surrounding shelving provides a place for cookbooks and decorative accents.


Highlighting natural elements

An organic element always adds warmth. In this living room by Chauncey Boothby, the stone fireplace acts as a grounding element.

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