Looking for fresh ideas to add to your rooms this year to make your rooms look better and feel more interesting? We've got a handful of design details you may not have tried yet in your home. A new year's beginning may be the time to experiment!
Forget the frames
(Pictured above.) Frames are a powerful way to elevate a piece of art and look great when hung together in groups on a wall. But you can go frameless with a lot of the same type of art (in the photo above, they group a ton of old family photos) for a great effect. And this look can mix with framed art in other places in the same home no problem. It's usually more affordable, too! Use the power of multiples to keep it from looking cheap. Seen on Plastolux.
Add design to corners
Don't let corners go naked! They're a great place to add design details that will make a whole room look thought-through. From shelves that fit snuggly to wall collages that span both walls, you can do a lot in a corner that you can't always do on a single flat plane. Spotted on A Beautiful Mess.
Make your functional storage a little more beautiful
Some of us with small spaces (or a ton of stuff) can't hide away all the things we need behind doors and out of view. But you can make the stuff you have to keep out in the open a little more pleasant to look at (and use) by employing pegboards, which are a modern and clean way to transform a wall into a flexible storage unit.
Use paint (or pattern) to divide
Whether you live in a tiny studio or a home with big, open spaces, you can use the power of paint color and pattern to visually divide spaces into functional areas, like in the above photo's work space. This will bring more interest into a space, make a room make more sense and in general look real rad. Spotted on Mobel Pobel.
Don't be afraid to display your fashion
Closets and drawers are perfectly great places to store your favorite articles of clothing and accessories, but if you love them and want to show them off, why not save a little room in your drawers and display them prominently instead? Spotted on Design*Sponge.
Banish boring with asymmetry
Symmetry can do a lot for a room. It can bring a feeling of formality to a space. It can be easy to do since you can just measure for it. It can even bring visual harmony to a room. But it can also be a little boring sometimes! Shake a room's style up by adding in some asymmetry with furniture or art. Seen on Sfgirlbybay.
Color block your bed and bedside
Instead of splurging on expensive patterned bedding that might break your bank (or you get bored of soon after), color block by mixing and matching solid-colored blankets, pillowcases, headboard covers, nightstands and more. It'll look like you spent a fortune and will be quite colorful, but you'll know you just mixed solid colored items expertly! Found on Salvation Jane.
Make a minimal statement (and create quite a calming space) by harnessing negative space to go artless in certain spots in your home, giving your eye a place to rest and a blank wall to ponder. Try it in too many places and you might find your home a bit too boring, but look to strike a balance where you create both interest and peace. Seen on Yatzer.
Re-edited from a post originally published 1.13.15-NT