When it comes to design, restraint and moderation are generally considered to be good guiding principles. It's easy to get carried away and wind up with something that, in its exuberance, is completely stress-inducing and out of control. But every once in a while a daring or completely out-there design move is just the right thing — proof that rules are made to be broken.
Above: I cannot get enough of this home office with a bright pink ceiling. Is it a crazy idea? Yes. Does it work? Absolutely.
A gold island is an unusual choice for a kitchen, but also an incredibly beautiful one. Project by Design by Us.
An all black room might sound terrible or drad, but this space, from Milk Magazine, glows with a mysterious energy. What makes it work? Jewel toned accents, and abundant natural light from a window just out of the frame.
White is a safe choice for cabinets. Black, or blue, are bold choices for cabinets. Shiny hot pink is a completely insane choice, but, somehow it works. Image from Living Etc.
This bedroom, from The Design Chaser, features a giant pattern reminiscent of 70s supergraphics but yet feels strangely soothing. The key is the sweet pastel colors, and the relative restraint of all the other elements in the room.
Just the words 'fluorescent yellow doors' might conjure up something really horrible, but these actual fluorescent yellow doors, in a space from Fastighetsbyran, seem joyful and cheeky and not merely garish, thanks to the balance provided by the space's dark walls.
Under the hands of a less skilled decorator this bold wallpaper might have just seemed like Too Much. But Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess balanced its big pattern with a mostly white palette, so it seems exciting and jaunty rather than overwhelming.
A black kitchen is a bit of an odd choice, and a gold island (the second one in this post!) is even more unusual still. Combine them both and you have this kitchen from Trendland, whose simultaneous glam and gravitas make it a thing to behold.
A gallery wall on top of a painted mural is definitley an unusual move, but it imparts an offbeat, textured loveliness to this bedroom from Elle Decoration.