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5 Home Decorating Tips That Our Favorite TV Shows Have Taught Us

The kitchen is the new living room.

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July 10, 2024 at 5:13 AM PST
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5 Home Decorating Tips That Our Favorite TV Shows Have Taught Us

The kitchen is the new living room.

By
July 10, 2024 at 5:13 AM PST

We often turn to home renovation shows to get tips for decorating our homes. And while traditional home shows on HGTV and other channels are a great inspiration, there are also amazing ideas on the scripted shows that we watch.

Think of shows like “And Just Like That,” “Black-ish” and even “Bluey.” They have unique homes and rooms that we instantly recognize. And what makes them different than home renovation shows is that we actually see people (or animals) live there for years, not just a few minutes after a reveal. We see what works, what we like, and how it fits into everyday life.

Keep reading for home tips from our favorite TV shows and keep an eye out for more ideas during your next binge session.

Photo credit: Mitch Haaseth/ABC

Make your kitchen a living space.

While it is often thought that the living room should be the main location for people to gather, the kitchen is the perfect location for people to hang out. This was shown on shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Black-ish,” where the kitchen was the nucleus of the house.

The kitchen is perfect because the food is right there, you don’t have to worry about stains, it’s easier to clean than most places, and people naturally gravitate to this area. Make the kitchen a living area in your home by adding lots of different seating, including stools at the island and a table and chairs.

It’s OK for siblings to share a room.

While it’s the dream scenario for everyone to have their own room, sometimes it’s not possible. And that’s OK—plenty of siblings share a room, even on TV, and some even prefer it (we’re looking at you, Bluey and Bingo). Take a page out of twins Diane and Jack of “Black-ish” and Tia Tamera’s room from “Sister, Sister” by creating distinct spaces for each sibling with their own choices for bedding and decor. They will feel like they have their own space, even if they don’t have their own room yet.

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Make your closet a sanctuary.

Closets aren’t just a place to stuff your clothes and things that you want out of sight and out of mind. It can also be a relaxing space, as seen on “Sex and The City” and “And Just Like That.” You can create your own closet sanctuary, no matter the size of your closet. Add lighting, paint the walls or add wallpaper, and different sections by adding shelving bars. Ottomans are great for seating and storage. Scent pods can also add a signature scent to your closet and clothes.

Paint your walls a unique color.

Do you know what makes Monica’s apartment on “Friends” so memorable? It’s not the frame on the peephole. It’s the colored walls. Trust us, no one remembers white walls. Embrace color in your house by painting your walls an unexpected color. It doesn’t have to be a whole room—it could be an accent wall or the entryway. Try it out and get ready for the compliments to pour in.

Invest in timeless pieces.

Social media will have you thinking you need a whole new furniture set every season, but TV shows have shown that you can have the same items for years. Invest in timeless pieces, but don’t confuse timeless with dated. Buy pieces that reflect your style, but are made from quality materials, like solid wood and metal. They will last for a long time and these quality materials will also allow for a high resale value when you eventually do want to get a new set of furniture.



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