The ideal space isn’t defined merely by how it looks, but by how it feels. Color and texture, form and function, light and layout: They all work together to achieve a balanced, inviting space. But what looks easy is almost never easy to achieve.

Which is why we asked six of Houston’s top interior designers to share what they love about their favorite rooms—along with their best tips and tricks—and, for even more inspiration, visited a Houston building where each condo is more beautiful than the next. Then we combed the city in search of its greatest home design stores, seeking out shops capable of turning our wildest designer dreams into reality.

Below, our own curated collection of Houston's greatest home design hits:

In This Feature:

Room Service: How 6 Houston Designers Created Their Favorite Spaces

We asked these designers to share what they love about their favorite rooms—along with their best tips and tricks.

08/22/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

20 Try-This-Now Design Tips and Tricks from Houston Pros

Starting with a coat of high gloss paint on those ceilings.

08/22/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Great Home Décor Stores, from Lighting to Linens

We're talking bed, bath and way beyond.

08/22/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen and Jeanne Lyons Davis

Inside the Apartments at the Regency, the Unlikely Hub of Houston's Design Scene

When you weren't looking, the Regency House quietly became the coolest building in town.

08/22/2016 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen