Should I Buy a Neutral or Colorful Sofa?

Should I buy a neutral or colorful sofa? Interior Stylist Lesley Myrick has tips on choosing the right sofa and making it work in your home.

It’s the age old design question – should I buy a neutral or colorful sofa? Neutral-colored sofas are so versatile! But a bold, colorful sofa is such a statement! I’ve got some thoughts on which is best…


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So which is better – a neutral sofa or colorful sofa? This is actually kind of a tricky question to answer because there are a lot of variables involved. If you’re someone who likes to change things around a lot and get bored with design, you probably want to stick with a neutral sofa. But if you’re someone that has a favorite color – like mine, teal – and there’s just something that you love and know you’re going to be in this for the long haul, I actually think a colorful sofa can be a fantastic investment that you will not regret.

There’s definitely a temptation to stick with a safer, neutral color. I mean, after all, you can swap out pillows and throw blankets and really change the look. When you commit to a colorful sofa, say a beautiful indigo or teal or even a beautiful rust color, you’re locked in! Sure, you can switch out pillows and accessories around it, but that color is going to be the predominant focal point in your living room for the foreseeable future.

So what if a neutral sofa sounds like a safe idea, but doesn’t feel like you? In that case, I would totally recommend going bold.

I have never regretted my teal sofa, and it is such a major conversation starter. People are always impressed when you’ve got the ‘design balls’ to commit to something as large as a sofa in a really vibrant color.

Whether or not you go with a neutral or colorful sofa, the key is balance. A neutral sofa will become a total snooze-fest if you don’t have some contrasting elements to liven it up. And conversely, a bold colorful sofa is going to feel way too ‘in your face’ if your walls are bright, and your pillows, and your rug, and your accessories and everything just feels too ‘electric’ and there’s no place for your eye to rest.

To make either of these options work, you’ve got to balance them out. If your sofa is neutral then have fun with color on the pillows, or your accent rug, or even your wall color. Let the sofa set the stage and be the backdrop for the other exciting things you have going on in the room.

If you do choose a crazy fun sofa, then that is the star! And you’ll want to have other pieces in the room sit back from it a little bit. So think about incorporating black and white, wood, metals – things that are richly textured but don’t have a lot of color to them. That balance is what’s going to make everything work.

No matter which way you go, it’s all about the balance and mixing and matching color and neutrals in a way that just feels ‘right’ when it’s all put together.

I would love to hear what color your sofa is. I’m always curious to know what people are decorating with in their homes. Hop on over to YouTube and leave a comment under the video.

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Office Space

As the home columnist for Wacoan magazine, I’m psyched to share my insights and ideas about interior design and home decor each month. Here’s an excerpt from my current column, “Office Space”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

Chic and Badass Realtor's Office in Waco Texas by interior stylist Lesley Myrick“I spent four years working in a windowless cubicle with flickering fluorescent lights. I loved driving two hours each day in Los Angeles traffic to type away on a clunky computer in my generic gray corporate box, while overhearing coworkers complain and dwelling in the scent of burnt lunchroom coffee!”

Said no one ever. But that was my situation. (Including the coffee, affectionately referred to as “battery acid.”) My so-called “glamorous” interior styling job in California came with a not-so-glamorous office space that sucked the life out of me. I tried to make it my own, tacking up inspiring interior photos and finding a cute pen cup to corral my obsessive collection of black, fine-tip markers. But at the end of the day, it was lipstick on a pig. I tried halfheartedly to dress up the swine but couldn’t escape the barnyard.

I knew I wasn’t going to be working at that job forever, so I didn’t think it was worth fighting the good fight to create a space I loved. But looking back, four years is a long time in one space, and I wish I’d done more to make it desirable. Maybe I would have been happier with my work if I didn’t hate the space I worked in?

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How to work with interior stylist Lesley Myrick
And hey! If you’re in the Waco, TX area, remember that my seminar Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be on May 27th from 1-4 PM. If you want to sign up (which I totally know you do), you can find out more info here✌️

Chic and Badass Realtor’s Office in Waco, TX

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick
I am SO excited to finally be able to share these photos with you. If I counted the number of times my junior designer asked about sharing these photos, it would literally be in the hundreds. (She’s mega-enthusiastic and I dig her.) Thank goodness today is the day this gorgeous space is finally being published. 🎉
Here are the before shots of this now chic and badass realtor’s office here in Waco, TX. The lovely client this office was designed for is my favorite type of client: she’s the kind that tells you what she wants and then says, “make it pretty“.  Yes ma’am.

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Gold bookshelf detail
A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley MyrickI would want to be a client of hers just to sit in one of these beautiful chairs. (Just in case you’re wondering, they are as comfortable as they look.)

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Styling detail
A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Sexy desk detail
A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Bar cart detail
When you’re a successful realtor, it’s necessary to have a bar in your office to celebrate with your client when you sell their home or buy one for them. And hey, you might as well make it a beautiful statement piece. That “Booze” decanter was one of the first pieces I sourced for this project and I’m psyched my client went for it.

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Seating area detail
Take a peek at the moodboard that started it all:

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick | Moodboard
And one final look at the reveal:

A chic and badass realtor's office in Waco, TX by interior stylist Lesley Myrick
What do you think? I am so in love with the result, it’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, this room was a blank canvas without flooring or paint or baseboards. One of my favorite things in the world is seeing the moodboards I create come to life. Though my work is primarily residential interior design, I loved the challenge of getting out of my own comfort zone and tackling a commercial office space for a client who totally rocks.

In case you’re curious, here is the Pinterest board where most of the items in this room can be found. If you’re looking at these photos and thinking that you need a designer like me in your life ASAP, contact me and we’ll start creating the office (or living room, or kitchen, or bedroom, or whatever room) of your dreams.

How to work with interior stylist Lesley Myrick
And hey! If you’re in the Waco, TX area, remember that my seminar Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be on May 27th from 1-4 PM. If you want to sign up (which I totally know you do), you can find out more info here✌️

A Colorful and Luxe Master Bedroom in Austin, Texas


When I started designing this luxe master bedroom for a client in Austin, Texas, I planned to stick with a very neutral color palette –  lots of layers of tan, cream, white and gold. After all, the client already had French grey walls, a pretty upholstered linen headboard, and a beige antelope area rug in place and wanted to build off of that. (Pretty, right?) But apparently the siren song of color and pattern was irresistible to both of us, because – SHOCKER – by the end of our awesome two-hour Design Jumpstart session, the unexpected punches of navy and layered graphic patterns were making us both giddy with delight. (Curious to see where my design selections are from? Check out the Pinterest board here.)

This client definitely had a pull towards the offbeat and just needed someone on her side to give her the confidence to pull the trigger. Even though she thought she wanted a neutral bedroom, deep down she desired something a little more awesome but didn’t know how to get there on her own. My mission is to empower my clients to make confident design decisions and embrace what they love. Mission accomplished here! I’m digging this mix of neutral luxury (like seriously, how good is that metallic gold wallpaper?) with bold color and unapologetic pattern.

Also – my Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic class starts on Tuesday April 4 at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Get all the details and sign up here. See you in class, cool kids. 😎

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Spring 2017 Home Decor Picks

Any season where tiny ceramic cacti and plant pots shaped like llamas are in fashion is totally alright with me. Spring 2017 is here and I’m loving the fresh teal and coral palette of my favorite home decor picks. If you’re looking for a seasonal spruce-up after a loooong winter, this is it. A little springtime color, texture, and pattern is coming your way. (Also, LLAMAS.)

Lesley Myrick's Spring 2017 Home Decor Picks - super cute furniture and decor for spring

Tonga Vase | Ceramic Cacti | Caledonia Accent Pillow | Loman Accent Table | Bone Inlay Nightstand | Ceramic Llama Planter | Turkish Retro Shag Rug | Hayden Basket Set

Want to see more of my favorite pieces – stuff I would actually buy for myself and for my clients? Check out my past seasonal decor picks and browse the interior styling archives for oodles of design goodness.

👉 Also: if you’re in the Waco area and want to hang out with me at some awesome design classes, I’m teaching two courses at McLennan Community College this spring. Interior Style: Cultivating Your Aesthetic (my signature course) runs Tuesday evenings in April from 7-9pm, and Dorm or Teen Room Decorating will be a kickass Saturday seminar on May 27 from 1-4pm. Get all the details here

Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Dining Chairs

When I’m talking about dining chairs, I’m not only referring to chairs in formal dining rooms that you maybe use once or twice a year. I’m a huge proponent of repurposing spaces in your home that you would never use for their intended purpose. For example, what was my home’s dining room is now my office, and it’s a great fit for our lifestyle and family.

My kitchen table has a mix of eclectic dining chairs surrounding it that I’ve gathered over the years. My chairs are a collection of fun colors and traditional woods, all of which bring work together to bring out my personal style. (No matching chairs for this girl!) No matter what you’re looking for, my 10 best dining chair picks below are a great start to curating the perfect collection of chairs around your kitchen table.

Interior stylist Lesley Myrick's Picks: 10 Best Dining Chairs1. Target Carlisle Metal Dining Chair | 2. World Market Molded Evie Chair | 3. Wayfair Asbury Side Chair | 4. Anthropologie Redsmith Dining Chair | 5. West Elm Mid-Century Dining Chair | 6. Allmodern Louis Ghost Arm Chair | 7. Anthropologie Promena Dining Armchair | 8. Anthropologie Emrys Armchair | 9. Arteriors Zephyr Chair | 10. Made Goods Everett

“Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best” are roundups of my favorite home products in a range of prices. Check out the complete “10 Best” archives here, and find more furniture, home decor, and lighting I love on Pinterest.

Want more awesome design tips and inspiration to break out of a “blah” home and let your rad self shine? Get my FREE guide, “Bring Personality to a Boring Space” right here. 🤘

Vintage Mix

As the home columnist for Wacoan magazine, I’m psyched to share my insights and ideas about interior design and home decor each month. Here’s an excerpt from my current column, “Vintage Mix: Creating a Livable Blend of Old and New”. Read the full article over at Wacoan.com, and check out the full article archive here.

March 2017 Wacoan article by interior stylist Lesley Myrick - Vintage Mix: Creating a Livable Blend of Old and New

I encounter so many clients who aren’t in love with their homes. They may like elements of it, but there’s an inexplicable something missing or an intangible something that’s just not working. That’s why they call me. I love to play “Design Detective” on our first phone call together to get to the root of this lack of love. Sometimes it’s easy to diagnose where their decorating has gone awry. Often it has to do with playing things too safe for fear of making an expensive mistake. Before they know it, the safe brown leather sofa, tan walls, cream furniture and neutral rug are all perfectly placed in the home, shiny and new, but boring and banal.

I’d rather see someone make bold decisions and fail spectacularly than play it safe and never let their true selves shine. Great interiors are all about the mix — vintage and modern, rustic and polished, color and neutrals, masculine and feminine. Matchy-matchy is mundane. Safe is a snooze. It’s time to bravely step away from safe and have some fun.

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To Follow – Or Not To Follow – Design Trends?

Remember that time that design trend from 10 years ago was still cool 10 years later?

Me neither. And that’s why I’m not one to follow design trends. I’ve got some thoughts on this topic in my latest video:


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As a designer, especially one who embraces being a little offbeat and edgy, people are often surprised that I’m not into trends and that I don’t care about being “in” on what’s happening in the design world. And it’s not that I’m completely ignoring what’s happening – knowing about the best technology in stain-repelling fabrics and energy saving LEDs is super valuable and an asset I love to be able to bring to my clients. Designers get the inside scoop on some amazing advances in home products that seriously make life better. But when it comes to style trends, like the latest finishes (hello, rose gold) or the coolest accessories (macrame wall hangings, anyone?), that’s where I respectfully choose to stay true to my aesthetic.

I’ve never walked into someone’s home and fallen in love with it because it was so “on trend”. In fact, the opposite is true. What I appreciate in an interior is that sense of collectedness, of personality, of totally badass style that’s unique to the person who created it. True style is not about following others, it’s about following you.

Following trends for the sake of being on-trend is a surefire recipe for style disaster. What happens in a few years when your home screams 2017, but it’s 2020 and we’ve all moved on from rose gold and macrame? If you didn’t love those trends to start with, you’re certainly not going to love your choices after they’ve passed from popularity.

If you’ve been waiting for permission to say “I am so over [insert totally trendy thing here]“, then this is it. Who’s with me?

Want more awesome design tips and inspiration to break out of a “blah” home and let your rad self shine? Get my FREE guide, “Bring Personality to a Boring Space” right here. 🤘

Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best Tile

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the blog business this long without dedicating an entire post to tile. I brag on accent walls all of the time so it’s only fair that I finally give tile floors (and backsplashes) the attention that they deserve.

Now, am I suggesting that you cover the entirety of your floor in these gorgeous patterns and colors? Not exactly. What I am saying is that if you were to put one of these patterns up on the wall behind your master vanity or on the floor of your hallway bathroom, you’d stun everyone with your bold style choices. These tiles let you bring a bit of unexpected color into your home while making a BIG impact. Here are 10 of my favorite tile picks for any project you may have.

10 best tile - hip patterned tile picks from interior stylist Lesley Myrick
  1. 1. Cigar Shop Cle Tile | 2. Colonial Doble Cement Tile Shop | 3. Casablanca Green Cement Tile Shop | 4. Loft Flame Penny Round Tile Bar | 5. Iridescent Mardi Gras Squares Tile Bar | 6. Coral Bell Matte Diamond Fireclay Tile |  7. Prussian Blue Chaine Femme Fireclay Tile
    | 8. Hex Pick Up Sticks Popham Design  | 9. Plus Plus Popham Design  | 10. Maize Sabine Hill

“Lesley’s Picks: 10 Best” are roundups of my favorite home products in a range of prices. Check out the complete “10 Best” archives here, and find more furniture, home decor, and lighting I love on Pinterest.

Want more awesome design tips and inspiration to break out of a “blah” home and let your rad self shine? Get my FREE guide, “Bring Personality to a Boring Space” right here. 🤘

How to Pick The Perfect Paint Color, Hang a Gallery Wall, and More

Want to look like a badass design expert? I’ve got your back. Here are a few of my favorite YouTube how-to’s, so if you’ve been wanting to know how to mix offbeat decor into your home, or confidently hang a gallery wall, or what my must-have styling secret is in any room, it’s all here.

How to pick the perfect paint color (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

We all know choosing paint colors is suuuper tricky. (Even after twelve years in the design business, it’s still something that doesn’t flow as easy as other design decisions for me and takes a great deal of careful consideration.) There’s one major trick I keep in mind when choosing wall colors, and that’s always to spec a more greyed-down, desaturated version of the colors I’m looking for. Bright, saturated hues can look great in artwork or on accent pieces, but are often just too overwhelming on a large expanse of wall.

How to hang a gallery wall, the super easy way (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

It’s all about planning your layout carefully on the floor, taking useful reference photos, and trusting your eyeballs to make it look right. Is it less accurate than measuring properly, or blocking out the arrangement with craft paper? Sure. But for an informal, eclectic gallery wall, this way works beautifully.

My favorite styling secret (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

If there’s one thing I always bring to a photoshoot (besides hardcover books with awesome spines and pretty little green plants), it’s a lush sheepskin throw. Oops, secret is out! I’m telling you, that sucker works in almost every room and adds interest, texture, and a little luxury. Put a sheepskin on it.

How to mix cool and offbeat decor into your home (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

Yes, that fantastically weird sculpture you picked up in India or that framed Polaroid you bought on the streets of Manhattan can totally work in your home, even if your home isn’t decorated in “that style”. If you want to incorporate something offbeat and awesome into your decor, it’s all about balance and proportion.

How to work with a virtual interior designer (if you can’t view the embedded vide below, click here):

I love working with clients virtually – it means that I can create design magic with awesome people all over the US, Canada, and beyond. But obviously design projects look a little different when a designer can’t be there in person. It can seem intimidating to a client to have to take on tasks like photographing and measuring a space, but it’s not nearly as challenging as it seems. I’ve got an insider look at the process of working long-distance with a designer.

Got a design question that I didn’t answer here? Join me this Thursday night at 8pmCT/6pmPT for my first Facebook Live Q+A, where I’ll be answering your design questions and chatting about current design trends that I love (and some that I kinda don’t love). Come on over to Facebook and say hi!

Want more awesome design tips and inspiration to break out of a “blah” home and let your rad self shine? Get my FREE guide, “Bring Personality to a Boring Space” right here. 🤘