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Design Dilemma: Three Unexpected Ways to Warm Up Your Home

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Looking for a way to add some character and warmth to a neutral or boring space? It can be a problem for many of us who have seen so many safe beige interiors that we’re afraid to step out of the box. But no need to fear! There are plenty of touches you can add to your home which can bring instant personality and style.

Paint the Floor a Bold Color

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The cool thing about painting the floor is that while it makes a statement, it also fades into the background.  The red floor in the loft above is definitely bold. But because it is a floor color that is used throughout the space, it also recedes. In other words it functions more the way an “accent” wall would, without dominating. Painted floors can also work in traditional spaces. The painted checkerboard floor below feels almost “Old World” and is the perfect quirky accent to this room.

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Paint a Mural

In Ancient Rome these were called frescoes, but they still achieved the very same function they hold today. A mural or a painted wall depicting some scene can be an instant way to add quirky charm to an interior. Just take a look at this interior in Barcelona:

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eclectic living room how to tips advice

Below, a mural adds instant style to a child’s bedroom:

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And below, two different dining rooms gain instant and distinct personality in two different scenes:

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eclectic dining room how to tips advice

Please note that when it comes to a mural, the quality of the artwork is of the utmost importance. (Otherwise you will regret this decision). It pays to hire someone who is an experienced muralist and who can show you a portfolio of work.

Paint Your Woodwork

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You’d be surprised at how quickly you can transform a space just by making bold choices on painting woodwork, trim and doors. Above, an intricate pattern on an exterior door instantly advertises that the occupant has a distinctive style. Below, a mellow yellow trim is comforting, traditional and unexpected, all at the same time.

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Here, a trim painted the same color as the walls, feels modern and edgy:

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And below, an ecru trim paired with boldly colored walls brings everything together in a warm, funky, yet elegant way:

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The above photos serve as prime examples of how unexpected painting choices can instantly lend an otherwise bland room a ton of style. If you want your home to feel stylish, warm, quirky, edgy, opt for bold color choices in unpredictable places. Time to break out that can of paint!

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