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May 25, 2012 > Dare to Decorate - 5 bold decorating ideas

Dare to Decorate - 5 bold decorating ideas

Tired of your ho hum interiors? Feeling a little bit daring? Here are five daring things to try in your home to make your home stand out.

1. Paint the ceiling in a bold color
Instead of an accent wall, use your accent color on the ceiling. This is a great look in an entryway, bathroom or bedroom, and looks especially good when the color is set off by crown molding. Choose a bold color for the ceiling and keep the walls quieter by using a neutral color, or a lighter version of the ceiling color.

2. Paint the baseboards, crown molding and door casings
The daring part here is to paint this trim work in any color but white. For a really dramatic look, paint the trim work black. It is a great look when used with taupe or gray wall paint and especially fun when the walls are in a fun color like apple green.

3. Wallpaper an accent wall
Choose a large, bold, graphic pattern and wallpaper one wall in your room. Try the stairwell, the entryway, the wall behind your bed, or the wall across from your living room sofa.

4. Select bold, vibrant color for your walls
If you want to start small, paint your laundry room, or a powder room, or a guest bedroom. This will give you confidence to take bold color elsewhere in your home. Examples of bold colors: Peacock Blue (stunningly beautiful!), Coral (friendly and warm), Chartreuse (eye-popping and fun).

5. Re-upholster or repaint furniture
Do you have an old-fashioned traditional buffet or chest of drawers? How about a tired-looking beige chair? Give these pieces grand new life with bold colors and fabrics. Paint that old chest of drawers in a fabulous color like teal or red; add black or polished chrome drawer pulls - you'll be amazed at the transformation. And as for that chair, how about a graphic pattern in high contrast colors like cobalt blue and white, or a beautiful violet velvet?

Have fun, be confident and make a statement with your decor. Make sure to take before and after photos of your bold and daring transformations. Email them to me - I'd love to see them!

Anna Jacoby of Anna Jacoby Interiors is a local interior designer. Send your design questions to her at Call or fax her at 510-490-0379 or visit

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