9 Decor Ideas for a Bold and Characterful Room
Dare to be different with these brave ideas that will appeal to those with an eye for the unusual
This dark grey bathroom has an atmospheric feel to it, and provides a perfect frame to show off the double shower. In a lighter room, the yellow patterned tiles would have blended in and perhaps got lost, whereas here they stand out beautifully. The shower has become a real statement.
This style of room is what most people are used to these days. It’s simple, modern and uncluttered with a gallery of artwork neatly displayed on the wall. So why not add an element of surprise and stick a giraffe in the room? It’s the perfect talking point, and has the added bonus of providing some shade and privacy at the window.
When moving into a shiny new-build home it’s easy to just move in, unpack and leave it the way it has been decorated. Alternatively, you could inject your own style and personality, and this is a great example of how to do it. The vintage pieces of furniture and the wood-clad wall work well with the modern white backdrop, and provide the perfect balance of old and new. The styling, with old-school accessories filling every inch of space really adds personality. I especially love the art created with the dolls, and the oversized tea cup on the coffee table.
If you love a colour, a brave option is to use it all over in your room. If you do it right, the result can be very successful. In this space, slightly different shades of blue have been used throughout to create a cosy and atmospheric room. The multicoloured rug and throw add just the right amount of variation, to balance and lift the monotone colour palette.
Hallways can be neglected spaces, but I think they should be given more attention. After all, your entrance will set the tone for the rest of your home.
Here, the bold patterned wallpaper is striking and an instant conversation piece. However, it doesn’t overpower the traditional design details, which have been maintained. The portrait photos are almost like a modern take on the traditional family portraits, which were hung like a gallery in old houses.
I love the humour of the ‘GO’ sign, which will give any visitors who have overstayed their welcome the message they need.
This is definitely a dining room that packs a punch. It could have been chaotic with so much crammed into it, but in fact it all works harmoniously.
The display of vintage lunch boxes adds colour and pattern to the collection of blue glass on the mantelpiece, but it doesn’t stop there. The yellow wall frames the window and adds brightness to the room, while the candy-pink wall sets off the box-framed vintage tea cups.
The dining table is also heavily patterned, but does not steal the attention, as it has similar tones to the floor. This space is a great showcase of how to incorporate many feature points and make them all work together.
Want a bathroom that packs a design punch? Pick a bold patterned tile and use it on the walls and floors. Remember to keep all the bathroom furniture in the same tones, to create a harmonious look.
Any reflective surfaces in the room will mirror the pattern and add further depth to the overall look.
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This hallway wall has been covered with vintage magazine pages. They lend a high visual impact to the space, but at the same time are quite subtle, thanks to the similar tones of the print. It works as a perfect monochrome backdrop to showcase the bright hats and scarves. The great thing about this is that you can constantly change the look of the space by updating the accessories that are on display.
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This room is packed with books, globes, art and photography, which to many would be overbearing, or too cluttered. However, here it creates a cosy environment to sit and read a book, or lie back and dream of where to travel next.
The key is to group similar objects together, to prevent the space looking untidy. A collection of vintage toys are grouped together on the bookshelf and the globes are clustered around the chaise longue. The bookcase is actually symmetrical, which adds to the feeling of order amid the chaos. It would be such an inspirational space to be, surrounded by memories.
What do you think of these bold rooms? Are you a fan of bright colour and quirky design, or do you prefer something more pared back? Share your thoughts in the Comments below.