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09/29/2011 08:33 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Timeless Home Decorating Tips

Looking for design inspiration? Consult this advice from legendary decorating experts.

Edith Wharton's Advice: Stick to a Muted Palette

What she said: "The fewer colors used in a room, the more pleasing and restful the result will be," said Edith Wharton (1862-1937), in The Decoration of Houses (1897). Before winning a Pulitzer for The Age of Innocence, Wharton was a decorating pioneer, advising people to steer clear of the overstuffed furniture, the gloomy colors, and the multitude of knickknacks characteristic of the Victorian era. The Mount, her estate in Lenox, Massachusetts, was restored in 2002 and is currently open to the public.

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