Bold Decorating Ideas Your Mom Wouldn't Try
You've always admired your mom's sophisticated style, and to this day you consider it the pure definition of "homey" at-home design. But perhaps it's time to think beyond what's safe and consider making a bold decision or two. Here are six tricks of the contemporary trade that might not suit your mother's aesthetic but clearly speak to your modern mood.
Kitchen cabinets have traditionally been wood up top and wood below, or white up top and white below. Yet nowadays, the two-tone painted look has stolen our hearts. It's a riskier design choice, especially when it comes to choosing your pair of paint colors, but the result is well worth a little nail-biting to the finish line. One way to ensure success is to go with a mom-approved white up top, and then apply your avant garde accent color of choice below. Pretty pastels, like the pale blue shown here, are always a good idea!
Colorfully Painted Ceiling
Mom may stand by her decision to go the traditional route with a white ceiling, but you're ready to mix things up -- way up, that is! Instead of neutral colors like white or beige, try thinking outside the color lines and paint your ceiling a bright shade of teal, orange, or even hot pink. If you're worried you'll take things too far, consider painting your walls a crisp, clean white so the bold color on the ceiling doesn't weigh you down.
Wallpaper on the walls is definitely a technique Mom can stand behind. But wallpaper on the stairs? That's a new one! Prove to her that the look is just as pretty as her traditional wallpapered powder room by choosing coordinating patterns of wallpaper, like this pair of black-and-white prints. Treat this design trick just like you would a normal wallpapered space -- by choosing coordinated artwork and neutral, low-key accessories to go with it. It's hard to deny the lovability and appeal of wallpapered stairs when you style them just right.
Sponge Painting 2.0
Sponge-painted walls have been around as long as you (and your mom) can remember, but it's time to make over the traditional application. Instead of adding all-over color (or multiple colors) to a room, try cutting your sponge into a crisp mod shape, like this retro-inspired triangle. Then dip the sponge into a single color and apply it in a pattern on a white-painted feature wall. If you really want to blow Mom's mind, try adding a spongy pattern to your ceiling or a piece of furniture!
Cool Concrete Counters
Countertops and tile surfaces have come a long way since back in the day when your mother was developing her own style. Now it's your turn to try something new -- like concrete! Although this material traditionally was limited to utilitarian building applications, concrete has worked its way up as a chic material now fit for showing off. Try concrete countertops in your bathroom or kitchen for a fresh take on modern convenience.
Brightly Painted Molding
High-gloss molding painted a color other than white might make your mom do a double take, but you know that rich, saturated color can go anywhere you want in today's contemporary spaces. Think chair rail, picture molding, door and window casings -- anything goes when you put your color-loving mind to a project. Although your mom might need time to adjust, there's no denying that saturated color adds a heavy dose of interest and wow factor to a space. Make color work for you rather than following the status quo.