The thought of using lots of color in a space causes major anxiety in some people. We get it; it's a big commitment if you're using a color that's really dark or super saturated or just something you wouldn't normally use. Remember this: you can always repaint, but there's a good chance you'll end up loving the new look.
Wallpaper is a bit more permanent than paint—let's face it, it's not as easy to remove and you can't just paint over it if you don't like how it looks. Experimenting with a bold pattern in a small space is a great way to ease into all-over color, so we'd suggest testing it out in a powder room first.
Upholstery details are another way to incorporate surprise into your designs. These nailheads have been applied on top of leather trim:
And speaking of trim, it's all over this sofa and these pillows:
Sequins are a nice touch on pillows, too:
|Photo from Osborne & Little|
Accessories are another layer of design that can have a big impact on the way a room looks and feels. We love decorating with natural elements such as fresh flowers, potted topiaries, bowls of fruit, and decorative branches.
Displaying collections of treasured mementos can be a conversation starter. Take this collection of Eiffel Towers, for example. Wouldn't you be curious to know how and when the owner acquired all of them? Are they all from Paris, were they gifts, did she buy them herself? There's always a story behind such a collection.
|Photo from Suzanne Kasler|
These are a just a few of our suggestions for creating interior spaces that look unique and feel personal. Whether you're redoing an entire room or just reorganizing a small vignette, these are ideas just about everyone can relate to and try out at home. What's you favorite way to create little "Wow!" moments in your designs?