Go Big or Go Home!

Hamptons Designer Showhouse 2014 – Lillian August



Are you playing the game of interior design the same way you would play the game of baseball? When it comes to baseball, we can barely contain our excitement when the umpire yells a resounding “SAAAAFE!” But if you play it safe with your design game, you might as well be “OUUUUT!” In the design world, safe is synonymous with boring and forgettable.


If the thought of going bold with your home’s decor makes you freeze in your tracks, you’re not alone. Whether it’s because we are intrinsically wired to play it safe or because risky choices can go really bad really fast, most people are terrified of making significant changes to their home!


But never fear, getting the home of your dreams is within reach if you are willing to step out of your comfort zone! Here are four ways to begin testing the waters when it comes to your home décor.



Finding Inspiration

Hampton Showhouse 2013


One of the best ways to find inspiration is to observe the extreme. While auto shows exhibit the most creative, conceptual and unrealistic cars imaginable, design showhouses expose us to the most experimental and sometimes outlandish décor and design around. Some of these spaces are so extreme that no one would ever consider doing half of these things in their own home. Still, since showhouse designers often push the boundaries of design, it is a great way to see how far you can go while still achieving incredible design.



Liven Things Up With Color

Mabley Handler Interior Design


Just because the builder put it on the wall, doesn’t mean that you have to stick with it. Builder’s basic is basically boring! Instead take a walk on the wild side by changing your paint color, adding bold color accents, creating accent walls or applying my all time favorite – wallpaper. These pops of color will have your house looking spectacular in no time.



Play With Pattern

Lowengart Showhouse


Mixing patterns can certainly be a challenge, but when it is done right it can truly set your home apart. Combining stripes, houndstooth, animal print, plaid or checks with abstract patterns is a foolproof way to break away from solids without going overboard. If you prefer a subtler pattern play, try introducing similar large vs. small patterns into the same space.



Try A Textural Touch



If using lots of pattern sounds like a horror movie to you, texture is another way to add layers of sumptuousness without the business. Fabrics like matelassé and mohair are excellent examples of textures that are fun and swoon-worthy, but less risqué than patterns. In this living area, the color palette is limited but the texture is abundant. Just feast your eyes on all of those wood blocks on the wall and on the coffee table. That feature makes the room!


When it comes to design, don’t play it safe. Even if you have to hire a designer to help push you out of your comfort zone, you will be much more satisfied with your home if you go big. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!

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