Decorating Ideas for Bold Rooms

Why stick to basic when you can go bold? Use these eye-catching decorating ideas to play up your home's vibrant, look-at-me style.

It's Electric

Build interest in a living room while drawing the eye upward with paint. Walls and trim splashed with the same electric blue paint extend this room's cool, modern vibe to the ceiling. An acidic palette of blues, greens, and grays ignites this could-be-traditional room with electric ambience.


Spice Is Nice

Use a neutral backdrop to spotlight snappy, attention-grabbing hues. In this kitchen, neutral walls and flooring accentuate glossy cherry-red cabinets. A stainless-steel backsplash, antique-bronze barstools, and gray countertops pack this small kitchen with retro-rad personality.

Plum Delicious

Dial up the drama in a traditional setting with a gem-tone palette and head-turning accents. Mix-and-match dining chairs lend interest to this cozy space but can easily accommodate a crowd. A sparkly chandelier overhead is a glam addition.

Hip Hues

Rooms filled with bright, zesty colors make you feel refreshed, energized, and happier. Pair pattern-rich fabrics with neutral furnishings for a unified mix that steals the show but is entirely livable. Abstract art and punchy fabrics draw color inspiration from the room's flame-stitch rug to create bold harmony in this hip dining room.

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Graphic Punch

Don't be afraid to make a big statement in a tiny room. With limited space, a large-scale wallpaper design sings in this small bath. Promote boldness, not business, by sprinkling small doses of blues and greens throughout the room.

Schoolhouse Cool

Harness the power of schoolhouse charm with a few savvy design choices. Here, a tiled-to-the-ceiling backsplash takes this kitchen from standard to standout. A farmhouse-style table painted in the same aqua hue as the backsplash warms up the kitchen's modern lines and metallic accents. Shapely pendants overhead radiate personality.

Under the Sea

Turn a blah bedroom into a chic under-the-sea setting using color and pattern. Bold Mediterranean-inspired hues guide this bedroom's color palette. The ocean is welcomed into this retreat with deep blue walls, while pops of white and coral provide room to breathe.

Break the Rules

Formal dining rooms often go unused and unnoticed. Consider a high-contrast color scheme to give the space instant wow, and weave in unexpected accents to capture a fashion-forward aesthetic. Here, a weighty wood dining table paired with acrylic chairs and retro-look fabrics transcends traditional pairings.

High Drama

Strike a style note that's both serene and edgy with deep color and restrained decor. Here, a high-gloss navy wall behind the bed creates a colorful backdrop. A sleek light fixture overhead, a bed with piled-on pillows, and a bookshelf filled with bright display items fills the space with simple, sophisticated personality.

Unexpected Hits

If an all-out color palette is beyond your comfort zone, use color unconventionally to make a statement. Here, a green ceiling adds an element of surprise. Plush pillows and chairs in tropical hues are balanced by swaths of neutral for a grounded look that still says "look at me."

Not Your Grandma's Florals

Bold blooms create a cheery backdrop for this funky-fresh bedroom. A palette of whites, soft blues, and greens gives off a cottage vibe that's enlivend by unexpected silhouettes; a shapely lamp and headboard add interest to could-be-boxy features.

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