Our Favorite Inspiring & Fearless Elements From This Week's Top Tours

January 20 - 24, 2014

We were going to give you a round-up of the best pets from this week's tours (because there were really some amazing dog and cat faces!) but inspired by an earlier post today about bold elements in spaces created by professionals, we thought we'd highlight some of the most fearless, stand-out, exciting elements implemented by homeowners, apartment dwellers and office workers in tours this week. These are all ideas you could use in your own home or space!

Top photo: Look, adventurous decor choices pretty much explode from every inch of Marco & Ilse's Gothic Industrial Loft, but our favorite bold choice? Mixing a really loud, colorful traditional rug with an all-white modern kitchen. Find your own rug on Apartment Therapy's Classifieds perhaps?

Kirsten & Chris' Timeless Style house tour provided tons of bold elements to borrow, most especially a refreshing update of a chalkboard wall for 2014 and unexpected and graphic tile signage in a bathroom!

Framed flag + sputnik light + cowhide rug is an awesome and potent mix of elements that creates one cool look in Evan's Modern & Cozy Manhattan Studio.

There were lots of cool ideas for art in Zulu Alpha Kilo's Collaborative Cool workspace tour, but we loved the huge, industrial air vent hanging on a wall.

A bold idea we spotted in Jeanetta & Brian's Incredible Shared Space workplace tour was actually pretty uncomplicated: They combined CB2's 6 Hook Gauge Metal Coat Rack with an uncluttered collection of coats and a bold pop of color from a favorite sports cap, with a hanging square Admiral Hanging Mirror from Anthropologie. It's a simple but stunning composition for an entryway.

Yes that dog is a bold accessory for that pinstriped chair, but we're more interested in how Bianca and Craig flawlessly pulled off a dramatic black wall paint color in the living room (Benjamin Moore Nightfall, if you want to replicate the look).

The views are definitely a bold element in Adi's Glamorous Apartment in the Sky, but did you see that heavy, intricate vintage painted dresser in the bedroom?! That's a statement piece worth stealing inspiration from. Do the Classifieds hold a potentially paintable dresser for your space?

Though many styles work well with a vintage Saarinen table and Knoll Tulip Chairs, we love how Rachel and Tiernan mixed theirs with a vintage antler chandelier found on ebay!

What was your favorite fearless element you spotted in a tour this week?

(Image credits: Justice Darragh; Andrea Sparacio; Bethany Nauert; Kim Lucian; Chad Beecroft; Natalie Grasso)