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How to make your NYC townhouse stand out

19 Dec 2012 5:34 PM
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In a city filled with millions of inhabitants - including some of the most stylish and trend setting - many people find it difficult to set their Manhattan townhouses apart. This is understandable, as the swarms of interior designers that populate the Big Apple are often in high demand. Luckily, there are many ways to take the initiative into your own hands and give your home a makeover.

According to House Beautiful, many New Yorkers find that it is helpful to take a bold approach to laying out their townhouses or apartments because it is otherwise difficult to provide a unique atmosphere. One way of doing this that the source recommends is building your home around an open layout that emphasizes geometry and other modern design elements.

Easy picking
This is easier in New York than it is in many places, as the city is renowned for its wealth of art galleries and furniture stores that traffic in modern, fashionable pieces. However, if you approach this task alone, it is important to aim for cohesion. It is easy to take the modern approach too far and create a space that is disjointed and lacks a theme. To avoid this, make several scouting trips where you don't have any intention of making any purchases. This can help you wait until you find the perfect cornerstone piece - a perfect sectional sofa, for example, or a refined coffee table - on which to base the rest of your scheme.

Add art
Nothing creates a compelling New York townhouse more easily than fine artwork. It doesn't have to be a piece from a true master, but it should be something captivating that can serve as the focal point of the room in which it hangs. You should be willing to think creatively here, as well - a sculpture or other three-dimensional piece can be just as effective - or even more so - than a painting.

Entranceway
Because other rooms like the kitchen and living room are more crucial for entertaining purposes, entranceways often receive short shrift in terms of decoration. This can be huge mistake, though, as your home's antechamber often sets the tone for your entire property. For this reason, it's important to include a piece in the entranceway that encapsulates your house's theme and provides guests with a sense of what is to come.