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12 Quirky Decorating Ideas I’m Begging you to Try

Do you ever walk into someone’s home and feel like they’ve nailed the decorating? Often the rooms wouldn’t even be considered on-trend or chic. And a lot of the time, the pieces aren’t even new or designer.

I find these spaces usually belong to people who have, over time, made the home their own and introduced personalised, quirky decorating ideas without too much thought. They just did what felt right, experimented, and got daring in places. And it all seems to have worked wonders.

In today’s post I want to share some quirky decorating ideas you can rock at your own place to make different pockets feel personal, unique and left-of-centre. So let’s dive right into showing you how it’s done!

pottery barn entry table with wicker baskets underneath and coastal styling on top
Love this scene from Pottery Barn

1. Theme your Entryway

Consider a particular theme for your entryway and then bring together all the items that fit into it. The photo above is coastal with a twist, and boy does it look amazing. This post has more ideas on how to make your entryway shine, but the key takeaway here is to put your entryway on the map!

2. Choose Imposing Storage Solutions

Whether it’s shoes by a door or a place to store kids toys, make sure you choose storage boxes or baskets that team with your theme at home. Not just plastic tubs or shoe racks hidden away in cupboards. Too many people hide everything away when they don’t need to. Wicker baskets like the ones above are a fave of mine.

white hallway with red moroccan rug and vintage frame gallery wall

3. A Bold Runner down your Hallway

Just inside your entryway or in your main hallway, why not pop down a runner? It’ll give this zone some textural warmth. And if you choose a runner with a pattern through it, it can be the stylistic jumping off point for additional artworks hung nearby above an entry table. A moroccan runner with a Moroccan mirror could work wonders too, right!?

wall mounted bike rack inside front door with helmets and bag
Image via Pottery Barn

4. Display the things you use Daily

A bike on a wall gets my heart racing. And if you take a look at the image above you can see just how stylish it can look mounted like that. Also notice how helmets and hats don’t look out of place either. The moral of the story is that you don’t need to hide your everyday stuff. Find a cute way to display it instead.

pottery barn artificial candle vignette with flowers in vintage glassware
Another stunning moment from Pottery Barn.

5. Experiment with Florals

Flowers in a vase… that’s so 1998! Why not take them out, cut the stems off, and pop the blooming buds in a shallow vintage glass or similar? The photo above is the perfect illustration of florals done differently and I adore it. And hey, if you’re terrible at keeping florals alive or want something long-lasting, try some fake varieties like these ones.

Black and Grey Feature Wall Black Paint Dining Room Ideas by Haymes on TLC Interiors
Haymes working their feature wall magic here.

6. Rock a Feature Wall

The feature wall is not over, seriously. Sure, some colours may have had their time to shine and are now considered a big naff (I’m looking at you, maroon!), but that’s not the case for all shades. If you’re feeling especially brave, why not give wallpaper a go? This post has tonnes of black and white varieties that aren’t too overwhelming.

art club concept elysian collection gallery wall with diamond wallpaper design
Art Club Concept got the right Idea in this space

7. Cluster Artworks Together

A gallery wall makes my heart sing. I love it when all of the pieces work side by side. I know, sometimes gallery walls can end up looking like a dog’s brekkie, but they don’t have to be. You just need to keep a few key guidelines in mind. I’ve explained it all in this post if you need some help.

cluster of small mirrors on black feature wall in living room in moroccan style
Pottery Barn do small space solutions well!

8. Embrace Multiple Mirrors

If a gallery wall isn’t your thing, why not adopt a different approach and cover an entire wall in mirrors? It would work wonders in a small space to give the sense of more light and room. And the added bonus is that you can see how good you look at multiple angles every single day. Winning!

9. An unexpected Side Table

Side tables are my latest design crush. I just want oodles of them in every pocket of my home. It’s a really nice idea to grab one that’s second hand, or looks like it originated from another country. It’ll give your room some depth and some history. But if you want something more contemporary, check out the bunch I found in this post.

white removable linen cover sofa with brass hall table behind it
Great idea for displaying here from Pottery Barn.

10. Put a Table Behind your Sofa

So many sofas are pushed up against a wall, but I adore the idea of configuring your living room in such a way that the sofa back is exposed. This allows you to bring in a streamline table to run along the back of the sofa and display all of your favourite things on. How good does the one above look? I want and need it.

west elm dining room with grey feature wall and gallery wall with pink artworks
A gorgeous dining room moment here via West Elm.

11. Mix up your Dining Room Chairs

If you feel like your dining room is feeling a little stuffy, why not consider mixing the dining chairs up a bit so they don’t all match perfectly? Considering a bench seat like the one in the image above is a good place to start. If you end up not loving it, you can move it to a living room or hallway. Everyone wins.

pottery barn rustic home office with cork boards and mood board plus white board calendar

12. Display your Dorky Memories

I think far too many homes these days hide all of the memories and keepsakes that make them so interesting. You want to talk into a home and have a sense of who lives there. So let’s all take the necessary step of finding ways to showcase our photos, notes and other dorky memorabilia. I think it’s crucial.

What are some of the quirky decorating ideas you’re loving at home? I’d love for you to share your ideas in the comments below.

industrial flower arrangement with fake candle in metal lantern


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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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6 Responses

  1. Hi Christian… looking to do a Family gallery of probably just 4 or 5 Large (oversize matt) black & white pics. Having trouble finding the right frames here in Oz. To get the perfect size & look I’ll probably have to get cutom made frames or can you direct me to anywhere/one??

    1. Hi Gail. For my design clients I order frames from frameshop.com.au – they do have a great range and can do custom sizing too. All delivered to your door. Give them a go! Chris

  2. Love these ideas! The home decor looks fantastic, this really inspired me, Actually I wanted something similar to this, thank God I came across this post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hey Chris,

    I love your feature wall idea. Is the black and white ‘the thing’ at the moment or would it be reasonable to bring in some colors too?

    1. Hey Christian. I’d definitely do some colour. Maroon and plum feature walls were big in the early 2000s, so they’re seen as quite outdated now. I’d move away from those colours. Greys, greens, blues… that’s the direction I’d head in if you wanted to do something outside of black 🙂

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