Best Spots to Test Out Daring Design Choices

Best Spots to Test Out Daring Design Choices

Taryn Williford
May 12, 2016
(Image credit: Shophouse Design)

Like licorice and red wine, you'll never know if you really like something until you try it. It can be paralyzing to think about testing out your floral-wallpaper comfort levels by plastering the whole family room (not to mention very, very expensive), so instead turn to one of these four low-risk spots.

The Bathroom

It's so small and you spend so little time in there that it's the perfect petri dish for trying out a crazy design style you've been dying to dip your toe into.

Try out: A bold wallpaper, like in the bath above from Shophouse Design

(Image credit: Miss Moss)

The Closet

Wondering if you can live with a pattern or a print for a while? Try it out in the closet first. It's like a temporary tattoo: If you don't hate it after seeing it every day for a while, it's safe to etch it permanently on somewhere more prominent.

Try out: A paint treatment, like in Cécile Figuette’s home in Paris on Miss Moss

(Image credit: Classy Clutter)

A Guest Room

You don't have to sleep in there. Your guests do, of course, but they can stomach your design experiments for three-ish nights when they're boarding for free.

Try out: Pattern mixing, like this bedroom from Classy Clutter

(Image credit: Domino)

Any Room With Lots of Windows

Natural light can calm a multitude of sins. Plus more windows means less wall to cover, and that's good for two reasons: It's cheap to cover with good paint or good wallpaper, and there's less of it if you hate either one.

Try out: A dark, bold color, like in this black sunroom from Domino

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