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Interior design tips for 2015 by Nina Magon February 2015 Agate
The chandeliers in this room designed by Nina Magon are made with agate stones. Photo courtesy of Contour Interior Design
Nina Magon interior designer head shot
Nina Magon of Contour Interior Design. Photo by © Laurie Perez
interior design Nina Magon antique mirror designed by Isabelle Stanislas and Leiko Oshima of SO-AN
Nina Magon's inspiration for one of her new Victoria-inspired projects that uses an antique mirror: Isabelle Stanislas and Leiko Oshima of SO-AN. Photo by Olivier Loser
Interior design tips for 2015 by Nina Magon February 2015 Geometric
Geometric and organic shapes are everywhere right now - in art, tiles, furniture, lighting and accessories. Nina Magon's tribute to the trend. Photo courtesy of Contour Interior Design
Interior design tips for 2015 by Nina Magon February 2015 Mixed Cultures
Mixed-cultures decor is more popular now than ever before, as shown in this Nina Magon creation. Photo courtesy of Contour Interior Design
Interior design tips for 2015 by Nina Magon February 2015 Agate
Nina Magon interior designer head shot
interior design Nina Magon antique mirror designed by Isabelle Stanislas and Leiko Oshima of SO-AN
Interior design tips for 2015 by Nina Magon February 2015 Geometric
Interior design tips for 2015 by Nina Magon February 2015 Mixed Cultures

In this new periodic series, Houston's hottest interior designers offer fresh ideas to revive spaces throughout your home, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Let's get started!

"Smoke and mirrors" are no illusions when it comes to one Houston designer's home interior tips for 2015.

Award-winning interior designer and TV personality Nina Magon of Houston- and Miami-based Contour Interior Design shares with CultureMap her top five favorite updating tricks she sees staying, returning or just now arriving on the scene.

Antique/Smoked Mirrors
"Antique/smoked mirrors have always been used to enhance a room for centuries and is one trend that is here to stay," Magon says. "Antique mirrors can be incorporated into any design style, whether it be modern or traditional.

 "Mixing different metal finishes in an interior creates a more polished look and adds a touch of modern glamour." 

"When used right, an antique/smoked mirror can add artistic glamour to any space, as well as a timeless elegance."

Mixed Metals
That “matchy-matchy” room remains gone by the wayside, so Magon uses other approaches to create a timeless interior while maintaining a balance of comfort and style in a home.

"One way we have done this with our clients is by mixing metals within the space, a huge trend in 2014 that we continue to see in the new year," she says. "Mixing different metal finishes in an interior creates a more polished look and adds a touch of modern glamour."

Geometric Shapes
Geometric and organic shapes are definitely hot right now, Magon says. Whether they are represented in art, tiles, furniture, lighting or accessories, these patterns are everywhere.

"I love to include these shapes in a modern space to add a sense of authentic style and simplicity," she says. "If you have a modern-day taste and looking to amp up your space, add geometric and organic shape details. This will easily flow into the character of the room and create an overall distinctive design."

Agate
Continuing as a hot trend from 2014 is the use of agate in decorating.

"I’m loving the inclusion of stones in interior design, specifically, agate," Magon says. "The juxtaposition of color, shape and texture make these mesmerizing geological abstractions perfect to mix with different design aesthetics."

Mixed Cultures
Magon says she see mixed-cultures decor now more than ever before.

"If you are looking to create an eye-catching space, try mixing in chairs and lighting from different eras and contrasting it with textured fabrics and sleek furniture," she says.

Take a look through the images above for examples of Magon's five tips as shown through some of her own finished projects and inspirations.

Nina Magon, a graduate of Southern Methodist University with post-graduate studies in architecture and design at The Art Institute of Houston, is a member of the International Interior Design Association, Interior Design Society, American Association of Interior Designers and the Greater Houston Builders Association. Magon tied for third place as best interior designer in the nation on NBC’s "American Dream Builders" 2014 season.