When you think about bold decorating ideas, the first thing that probably pops into your mind is color – right? Or maybe pattern?
Colorful Rooms Make a Bold Statement
Colorful Furniture | John David Edison Interior Design
Emerald Green Walls | Horchow
Yes, a fabulous emerald room is definitely bold…
Yellow European Home | Tidbis&Twine
…as are yellow walls with colorful accents…
Bold Blue Dining Room | Leslie Unruh
…or even a room steeped in Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue.
I agree that color – and even pattern – is a great way to make a bold statement in your home, but what about us neutral-lovers? Or those of us that prefer softer, more muted colors?
Does the absence of a strong color mean that we can’t use bold decorating ideas our home, too? Not at all!
Sometimes, being bold is a statement, not a color.
Bold Decorating Ideas Without Using Color
1. Unique Shapes
Furniture that has a unique shape can be an attention grabber, even if it doesn’t sport a bold color or print.
French Balloon Chair | Restoration Hardware
An ordinary bedroom can become quite dramatic with the addition of some interesting furniture pieces such as a bed or chair.
Half Canopy Bed | Tidbits&Twine
Drama can be created with an oversized item, whether it’s a piece of furniture or decor. With an oversized item, your eye will instantly recognize it as a focal point.
Ornate Mirrored Headboard | Linen Haus Design
A standard bedroom is given a dramatic feel with an oversized ornate mirrored headboard, which sets the tone for the entire space.
Oversized Gallery Wall | Simple Everyday Glamour
This stairwell is given a dramatic impact with the addition of an oversized gallery wall featuring dogs!
When grouped together, collections can have tremendous impact, while at the same time, expressing a bit about our personalities and interests!
Antique Ironstone Collection | Savvy Southern Style
A china cabinet typically holds glassware, but packed with an antique ironstone collection and this china cabinet instantly becomes a show stopper!
Hanging Basket Collection | Interiors Magazine
Grouped together and hung on the wall, these baskets make a statement in the entryway.
Material choices can create a dynamic and unique look and make quite a bold statement, even if they are neutral in color.
Herringbone Planked Wall | Mr. Kate
This DIY herringbone planked wall is unexpected in this space and immediately grabs your attention even though it is neutral in color.
Pebble Floor | Emily Henderson
While white in color, this pebble floor in the bathroom is a bold choice!
5. The Unexpected
Sometimes, using an unexpected element in a room can grab our attention and make a bold statement. It’s something out of the ordinary that piques our interest!
French Dining Room | French Country Cottage
Wouldn’t you agree that Courtney’s plywood chalkboard is a bold – and unexpected – find for a dining room?
Dining Room Office | Duo Ventures
Even daring to use a room in a way other than how it was intended can be bold, like a dining room that’s been converted to an office. You probably never expected that!
Interesting, unique or dramatic architectural elements easily lend themselves to creating a bold space. Even if a home isn’t built with these elements, they can be added as part of the decor.
Planked Ceiling | Minnie Peters
This planked ceiling draws your eye upwards and helps tie together the warm wood tone of the kitchen island.
Stone Walls and Wooden Beams | Kara Childress
The gorgeous sculptural beams and stone walls add a sense of grandeur to this formal living room.
Final Thoughts – Adding Drama Without Color
Making bold decorating choices is more than just choosing a strong color – it’s about making a strong statement. And as long as you love what you’re using and feel it reflects your style, then go for it! Be brave and be bold!
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