It’s rare that I’ve walked into a space, gasped in delight and exclaimed “this all-beige space is divine!”. It’s more likely that the rooms featuring bold colour or pattern, unique design ideas or unexpected moments are the ones that make all of us feel giddy with excitement.
In today’s post I’m going to share 7 bold interior design ideas with you. Dream about implementing these in your own space or hit the stores and set about transforming your home for spring and summer (and do let me know which ones are your fave in the comments below).
1. Bring back the bold feature wall
Feature walls seem to go in and out of style like nobody’s business, but I say rocking the right one will be a timeless wow moment you’ll never tire of. The key when it comes to going wild with a feature wall – be it paint or wallpaper – is to consider what pieces are going to play around it. As you can see above, a vibrant orange wall is made all the more striking by having neutral furniture and decor in front of it. Consider the entire space and how the feature wall can best be showcased and you can’t go wrong.
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2. Go graphic and colour block your walls
If you have a pretty stock-standard, four-wall space, you might want to make it more graphic and interesting by colour blocking the walls. Using tape from the hardware store, zone off different areas of your wall and paint them in contrasting hues to create a bold colour statement in the space. If you’re bringing in multiple paint colours, more neutral furniture pieces will make the background pop. It’s best, as with any paint job, to paint small sections side by side and see how you feel about the colour combos before you go all out.
3. Quirk-up the room with interesting art
Art that displays unexpected imagery – like the birds above – is an ideal way to inject some drama into your room. Even though there’s a lot going on in this space, the sheer scale and colour of the art makes it the feature of the room – and a look that’s worthy of a good gasp. Consider taking photos from your own life and blowing them up; of you, your kids, pets or something special. Hunt out images with bright colours, odd angles or interesting blurs. The non-literal snaps are often the ones that make a room come alive.
4. Think about some wow-factor window treatments
Everyone is doing pretty subdued window treatments these days, but it’s a space where you can really play and use a bit of imagination. Be it roller blinds, shutters or curtains, there are stores that sell window treatment varieties that stray from the norm. Making this area of the room your one wow moment allows you to keep everything else fairly simple and subdued. A great idea for a bedroom, especially in such a bright, happy tone like the yellow shutters above.
5. Mix multiple colours for a room that feels fun
People are wary of mixing colour for fear of the space will become too juvenile. It’s a valid fear, of course, but the good news is that you can bring in many colours – and mix them together – to create a room that feels a bit fun while still retaining a sense of sophistication. The image above is a perfect example of this because it’s utilised colour in just one area; the chairs. Everything else is kept neutral, so there’s not a lot of visual competition. This is the key to getting colour mixing right; it’s all about proportion!
6. Happy-up your space with citrus tones
It’s simply undeniable; zesty yellows tones with splashes of orange and green are ideal for spring and summer and make any room feel cheerful and bright. This colour combination is going to work well in a space that you won’t spend loads of time resting in, like a kitchen or dining room. The colours are intense, so you’d be best to avoid using too much of it in a bedroom, for example, where you go to unwind. Your outdoor space, though, is screaming out for tones like these ones – so get out there and get decorating.
Related Read: 10 must-have yellow homewares finds.
7. Embrace the magic of monochrome
If you’re not super daring when it comes to design, a monochromatic colour scheme is a great way to make your space interesting without it overwhelming you. Despite that you might think, monochrome does not mean black and white. It refers to the scale of one colour, adding in varying tints and shades. In the image above, you’ll notice that blue is the colour and varying degrees of it have been used throughout the space. Natural timbers and grounding colours like dark brown and black will break up a scheme like this nicely, so give it a go!
Which design idea if your fave here? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!