From wallpaper with lasting impression to casual yet eye-catching artwork, these walls speak for themselves. And yours can, too!
accent table

This antique Hepplewhite breakfront sideboard was given a new life in unexpected surroundings. Overscale patterned wallpaper—Summer Lily by Cole & Son—grounds the space in playful pattern. A flamboyant mirror and a towering pagoda lamp further lighten the serious antique furniture piece.

2. A Little Color Can Go a Long Way

living room

A limited color palette of pale blue-green and gray bridges a mix of finishes and vivacious patterns in this living room. Meanwhile, a high-gloss coat of Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue coats the walls and ceiling to bounce light about and add glamour. The result is a space with just the right energy that feels lively without overwhelming the senses.

3. Find Inspiration Everywhere

wicker chair

It takes guts to paint giant palm trees on the walls of a small room. It takes even more chutzpah to do it with rich chocolate and creamy white hues. But the risk paid off in this breakfast room inspired by interiors found in the Bahamas. The tropical scene sits appropriately atop the room's grass-cloth wainscoting wall treatment.

4. Create a Strong Focal Point


Hallways are often left neglected in the decor department. Make your hallways demand attention with a piercing white console with fretwork doors, white porcelain lamps, and a large vibrant painting. Set against the quiet texture of grasscloth, vivid orange silk lampshades give the eye a landing place.

5. Embrace Vintage Quirks

green bathroom

Some home accents are better left alone, as demonstrated with this vintage mint green tile in a powder room. Making it work required nothing more than covering the surrounding walls with banana leaf wallpaper (Brazilliance by Dorothy Draper) and adding a few signature touches. Foo dogs and blue milk glass dress up a basic sink, and a monogrammed hand towel swings from a ring of African glass beads hanging over a traditional sconce from Circa Lighting.

6. Low-Contrast Works, Too

blue bedroom

The room-changing effects of high-contrast color schemes are well-known, but low-contrast can have just as much of an impact. Featured on a nature-inspired wall mural, shades of light blue, beige, and white reappear in this room's painted trim, headboard, and bedding to unify the space. The pillows use the colors in a mix of lively patterns that keep the soft palette from feeling staid.

7. Go All In

pink dot wallpaper

When you know what you want, go all in. A high-contrast monochromatic color palette makes this room as vibrant as can be. Piled with hot pink, the room stays interesting thanks to shifting scales and patterns as well as plenty of bright white. The spotted wallpaper functions as a neutral backdrop for a graphic curtain and abstract painting.

Comments (2)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
August 19, 2018
Like the green tile repurposed. Any recommendations for same bath but with pink tile?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
May 25, 2018
That is quite a collection! There is one I would use, in the right house, with just right furnishing! There is one I would use if living in a, thatched hut on a tropical beach! They are fun to look at!!raf