Keep an Open Mind: 4 Weird Things You Should Try in Your Decor at Least Once

Keep an Open Mind: 4 Weird Things You Should Try in Your Decor at Least Once

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Adrienne Breaux
Jul 2, 2015
(Image credit: Domino)

Our homes are more than just places to eat, sleep and shower that we try and make look attractive. Another way of looking at them is as giant canvases with which we can explore our own passions, our likes and dislikes. They're spaces to experiment with to find just the right balance of aesthetics and function that fit with our lifestyle. If you haven't yet, in this current home (or perhaps an upcoming future one), keep an open mind and try on one of these four weird decor ideas for size.

Forgeting a "key" furniture piece or element

All the rooms of a home come with the expectations of certain elements. In a living room, you expect to see a sofa and some chairs and maybe a coffee table. In the bedroom, a bed and a dresser and perhaps nightstands. These elements are functional for most, but not necessarily the best fit for everyone. In at least one home, try leaving out an "expected" element to see if it fits your home's needs a little better. Maybe leaving out a coffee table will make an extra-snug seating arrangement breathe a little better. Maybe you like eating at your kitchen counter rather than a dining table. Who says beds definitely have to have a headboard, anyway?

The reason for this element experimentation? In our efforts of streamlining our lives, we might not be able to wrap our brains around living without certain things thanks to having always lived around them. But by challenging our rooms and arrangements with certain decor holes we might find our needs met in new, fresh ways. This headboard-less example spotted on Domino is a way to dip your toes into this idea.

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Try out an element that reminds you of your favorite place to vacation

Love the tropical, permanent-vacation look of mosquito netting around a bed even if your home's nowhere near the beach? Speaking of beaches, love the look of seashells but live in a land-locked state? You don't have to feel regionally limited in your decor choices — grab inspiration from your favorite vacations (or dream locations) and throw them in with your existing decor to see how they work. Not every vacation-themed element will work, it's true. And some ideas might come off as plain corny. But you never know, a decor item might surprise you, and will go a long way toward creating a relaxing, vacation-like retreat feel at home. Seen on Lonny.

An unusual, partial paint job

Not everyone can paint on their walls, we know. But if you can, we challenge you to challenge yourself by taking inspiration from all the different ways one can splash a bit of color onto your wall's surfaces. Why something unusual? Why something partial? Why can't you just stick to a plain solid wall? You can of course. But homes without a lot of architectural interest can benefit hugely from using color to create lines, shapes and planes. And experimenting with bold color is a lot easier when you only use a little bit at a time. Spotted on At Home In Love.

(Image credit: Avenue Lifestyle)

Put bold color where it usually isn't

The senses deserve surprising (and delighting), especially at home. And one of the easiest ways to delight your senses is by introducing bold color where it doesn't usually go. In this example from Avenue Lifestyle, the bold red color is seen on the wood floor which is usually seen in various wood shades of brown. But you don't have to be so permanent or large scale to make a big difference with surprising bold color. Furniture pieces in otherwise neutral rooms, architectural highlights, pops of color on painted shelves when you open a closet or cabinet door — they're all great ideas and worth trying once.

What are some weird or bold design ideas you think everyone should try at least once? Share below!

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