These ideas are what you call "showstoppers." They're not for every room or every personality of home dweller, but they are for those who are seeking rooms that excite, that inspire. That start each day proclaiming "I'm bold! Look at me!" Are they ideas you can include in your home in any manner or boldness level you wish? You bet they are. And they'll make a huge impact in your decor.
1. One oversized, reflective design object, like a light fixture
A super-shiny, reflects everything, near-giant pendant light fixture is the design-equivilent of never breaking eye contact. It's you asserting your dominance on your surroundings. We're not just talking about big mirrors here — no take it step farther. A big, slick surface that reflects light like something metal says you're not afraid of going bold with your decor, or constantly wiping smudges off of things. It says you mean style business. This room photographed by Sarah Yates and Lou Mora of A House in the Hills is totally staring right back at you, right?
2. Something way out of place
Rug on the wall? Chair on the ceiling? Chaise Lounge in the entryway? These are all instant indicators that you're a forward thinker not afraid to take design chances. And that you understand that taking chances don't have to be permanent, either, so you're more willing to experiment with design elements that may or may not work when used in a new, innovative way. Dabito from Old Brand New photographed this amazing home (full tour well worth a view) but this rug on a jewel-toned wall totally says they mean design business.
3. DIY floor pattern
Whether you stencil it on in a bathroom to cover up an atrocious outdated material, sprinkle some painted triangles on a white living room floor or you carefully cut it out of wood to create one seriously stunning handmade parquet floor (like the one we spotted recently at Vintage Revivals), going for a pattern where you walk that's not just in a rug is going to be a showstopper. The above shot by Sarah Sherman Samuel for A Beautiful Mess.
4. Purchase that patterned furniture you want
We know it's more practical to buy neutral furniture, or even furniture that's just one color. But is it really the most fun? Only you can decide if you can handle buying a patterned sofa or chair that you might possibly hate one day (or be in a lifetime love affair with! You enter into a relationship with patterned furniture much the same way you might enter any relationship, full of hope but ultimately unable to predict the future). But the impact on your interiors will be immediate: Whether it's a busy floral pattern on a sectional or polka dots on a side chair, that furniture piece will be an incredible addition to a stylish space.
5. Turn an entire wall into a piece of art
Hey look, you don't have to be an artist to take a wall to the next level. Even just one strong, diagonal line of paint can turn an entire wall into a modern art piece. It's not for everyone (and renters who can't paint will lament this option not being open to them) but if you can slap color on your walls, we've seen time and time again how even the simplest of patterns and designs makes a HUGE impact in a space. Every view of Emily's Small but Mighty Houston Home was gorgeous, but this shot of the room with the amazing blue paint design on the wall as seen from a hallway proves how an idea like this absolutely pulls you into rooms.
What are your favorite design elements to take a room up a notch with?