Design Debate: Stylish Solutions to 9 Design ​Dilemmas

Design Debate: Stylish Solutions to 9 Design ​Dilemmas

Adrienne Breaux
Mar 6, 2015

Design is, for the most part, very fun. But every now and then you'll come across a design dilemma — a problem you just can't resolve easily, or an issue you're just not sure of the right direction to go in. Read through this list of nine design dilemmas and the stylish solutions we've found; one might resonate for you and your home.

The not-quite-enough-room-for-a-wall-collage, too-small-for-just-one-painting conundrum.

If you've ever had a spot of wall, say above of sofa, that might be a bit too small to comfortably fit a wall collage of the art you want to hang, but one solo painting feels a bit too dinky, do what they did in this room we spotted on Domino. Add complementary wall sconces (or some other accessory) to either side of the solo painting to give it more heft, and add some matching art nearby. The result will be a pro-looking art installation that matches all the right proportions.

The too-heavy or not very attractive dining table issue

There are LOTS of things you can do to a dining table you don't love. Paint it. Alter it. Sand it. Toss it. But in the meantime (or in lieu of), why not soften, add some curves, and disguise a furniture piece you don't love (and even protect it)? Adding an oversize, drape-y table cloth in a nice textured linen or perhaps a bold pattern is a deliriously easy way to alter and enhance the look of your dining table (and your whole room). Spotted on Planete Deco.

You have an insanely boring (and outdated) kitchen

Add some drama by painting your cabinets black. Why black, and not some other color? The whole rainbow is available to you, but there's a level of sophistication that happens when you bring black into the picture. And black has the added benefit of disguising and modernizing even the most outdated of design details and shapes. Spotted on Domaine.

You don't have the budget for an oversized rug in a bold pattern

Buy your favorite pattern or style in a size you can afford, and layer it on top of a more affordable rug in the size you need instead! Seen on Style Me Pretty.

(Image credit: Entrance via Domaine)

You don't have storage for extra seating

Want to be able to comfortably seat your guests when you entertain but don't have the floor space for storing extra chairs year-round? Consider hanging your extra chairs on the wall — and incorporating decor elements with them so the effort looks intentional. Spotted on Entrance via Domaine.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

You're tired of hideous (and expensive) cat accessories

Who isn't? But if you need something in your space to help deter your cat from scratching on the furniture you love, you might like this cute, simple and stylish cat scratcher DIY we spotted on A Beautiful Mess.

(Image credit: Ashe & Leondro)

You're not sure what to do with those pieces of furniture you love but don't have a place for

What about the foot of your bed? It's a spot in the home that we often forget about, but adding an expected (like a bench) or unexpected (like a desk) piece of furniture can really up the wow factor and provide a decent spot for a piece of furniture you haven't found a home for yet. Via Ashe & Leondro.

(Image credit: Milk Decoration)

You've packed a space with accessories, patterns and colors and are afraid you've gone a bit overboard

Consider a more minimal wall and forego art. It might seem strange and a little bit odd to ignore adding design to such a large surface, but if you've got a lot going on in the rest of the room, your eyes will appreciate a rest, and a creamy white wall is the perfect balance to a bold furniture arrangement. Seen on Milk Decoration.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

You can't add color to your walls

Paint your furniture, instead. Spotted on A Beautiful Mess.

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