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Capital Region Interior Designer Lee Owens Dishes on This Gorgeous Troy Dining Room

Want to have a room in your house that looks this good? Follow Owens' expert interior design advice.

A navy-colored ceiling, mixed patterns and a perfectly positioned potted plant come together to make this Troy dining room truly eye-catching. (Elizabeth Haynes)

Feel like your home’s interior design needs a little zhuzhing up? Interior designer Lee Owens of Lee Owens Design, a full-service interior design firm serving Albany, Saratoga Springs and the surrounding region, offers up some great tips for getting your home looking great this winter. Owens specializes in upscale residential and hospitality design and is known for creating fresh, timeless interiors that her clients love to live in (you can check out more of her work on Instagram). Now, for that expert advice…

Bring the Color Up

The ceiling (a.k.a. “the fifth wall”) is an unexpected place to add some drama. In this case, the homeowners wanted to incorporate dark blue into the design, so we kept the walls light and bright and painted the ceiling navy. Traditional thinking is that a dark ceiling will make a room seem smaller, but it actually creates a big impact by bringing the eye up.

Get the look: Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore

Showcase a Collection as Your Everyday Centerpiece

Grouping several similar items, like a collection of ginger jars, is a great way to decorate your table for the average day, when it’s not dressed up for the holidays or hosting.

Get the look: 11” Lion Hexagonal Tea Jar in blue/white from One Kings Lane

Mix Geometric Patterns With Traditional Motifs

Add a graphic rug to create a fresh balance between traditional and contemporary. Here, my clients already owned the beautiful floral drapery panels, so we offset their traditional pattern with a bold striped rug in a coordinating
color palette.

Get the look: Rift Stripe Rug from West Elm

Invest in Good Lighting

Ceiling and wall fixtures should be considered part of a home’s architectural elements, just like crown molding and millwork. A quality light fixture that you love will never go out of style.

Get the look: Farlane Small Chandelier from Circa Lighting

Think Outside the Picture Frame

A potted tree is a great way to add three-dimensional texture to your room. If you have wall space to fill, consider using a tree in place of traditional wall art.

Get the look: Faux Potted Ficus Bushy Tree from Pottery Barn  

Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is the director of content at Saratoga Living and Capital Region Living.

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