It’s easy to identify a one-of-a-kind space when you see one, but what are the details that truly bring one to life? Clients often draft designers for the purpose of transforming rooms into extraordinary experiences, but with the aid of a few DIY hacks, it’s possible to create a one-of-a-kind room all on your own. Put any of the following tactics into play to elevate an everyday room into one that evokes a sense of the bespoke.
Move In a Mural
Murals, hand-painted by an artist, are the epitome of one-of-a-kind. Designers love to use them to procure a whimsical atmosphere, as well as frame furniture pieces or built-in architectural features. Don’t think scenic murals are the only option, either. Free-form botanicals, be they dendritic vines, trees, or underwater fauna showcase undulating forms that are ideal for energizing walls. These forms can also be arranged to accentuate walls’ height.
Wake It Up with Wallpaper
Wallpaper has come a long way since the blandish, personality-less papers that populated the 1990s. Today’s papers are created with an eye to detail and craft, making them perfect for animating a space. Try using wallpaper when decorating with antiques in an effort to make your antiquated pieces feel more avant-garde. Playful chinoiserie designs, for instance, perfectly straddle the old and new, making them an easy way to push antiques into the 21st century.
Decorate the Ceiling
Just like those oft-overlooked accessories can make an outfit look uniquely one-of-a-kind, a decorated ceiling — never the norm — can make a room feel boutique-level cool. Also known as the fifth wall, dressed ceilings doesn’t just encourage your guests to look up, it can make your room feel like a jewel box. Paint is a common choice for decorating ceilings, but that’s certainly far from the only option. Consider wallpapering a ceiling, either in the same print as your walls, or introduce a fresh pattern to complement walls cloaked in paint.
Trim the Trim in Color
Who says trim always needs to be white? Decking your trim, crown molding, baseboards, and doors in color is the perfect way to say farewell to personality-less interiors. One doesn’t need to go to extremes to pull off a supremely special look. White walls with black-painted trim, for instance, is a low-lift, high-impact treatment that instantly boosts any room’s custom quota. Designers also love to partner painted trim with wallpaper. Pull a trim color from your wallpaper and you have a dressed-to-the-nines interior that feels supremely one-of-a-kind.
Unleash a Profusion Pattern
If no-think, high drama is your speed, there’s nothing like appointing your room in a plethora of pattern to give it a unique feel. A centuries-old trick that has the added benefit of feeling daringly avant-garde, repeating a pattern on the walls, drapes, and furniture evokes an instant bespoke feel. If you’re looking for a daring treatment that plays nice with antiques, pursuing a profusion of pattern is among your best bets. To pull off the look, choose a dense pattern that doesn’t showcase too much color play to keep the look from overwhelming.
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