Go Bold This Year: Daring Design Inspiration

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Go Bold This Year: Daring Design Inspiration
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The old saying about "nothing ventured, nothing gained" finds meaning in home decor. If in your heart you want to do the unexpected, add a touch of drama or include an element of surprise, what's needed is a bit of calculated risk-taking. This can be accomplished in many ways -- just let your imagination have free rein and find your moxie.

Standout Wall
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Standout Wall

Create an accent wall in your space. Add wallpaper in a bold pattern or paint in a dark hue for a dramatic tone. Keep it to one wall to prevent overwhelming your space. If your room is small and on the dark side, opt for lighter brights, such as yellow.

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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Chandelier
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Knock-Your-Socks-Off Chandelier

A huge, tiered chandelier such as this one sheds more than light on your living room, dining room or foyer. Its boldness makes it a focal point no matter where you use it, and it is especially strong in an otherwise laid-back room, decor-wise, such as this one, with its hardwood floor, neutral furnishings and subdued Oriental rug. Whether your taste runs to a formal crystal piece or a huge, rugged wrought-iron chandelier, mix it with unexpected surroundings for an extra zap of surprise.

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Bright Upholstery
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Bright Upholstery

Purple tops the trend list for a bold new look this year. Whether it covers dining chairs in a lavender hue, walls in eggplant or white-painted antique wood-frame chairs in royal purple, it is sure to make your room memorable.

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Colorful Accents
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Colorful Accents

Brightly patterned throw pillows turn an otherwise ho-hum space into one that oozes style and a sense of the unexpected. Here, red, gold and white throw pillows in strong patterns sit on a ruby sofa for an all-out attack on the senses. Adding throw pillows is an easy and inexpensive way to bring on the brights in your decor. And if you are commitment-phobic, no worries; it is simple to change them for a quieter look.

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Bold Kitchen Color in Stark Contrast
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Bold Kitchen Color in Stark Contrast

White kitchens have been de rigueur for some years, and the look is calm and clean -- a good one for a kitchen. But if you feel like kicking it up a notch, bring on the wow factor with red cabinets mixed with white walls, stainless steel appliances and a black tile floor. Painting the cabinets yellow, turquoise or bright green creates a similar mood.

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Multi-Colored Curtains
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Multi-Colored Curtains

Native American prints such as this one bring bold character to a room both through bright colors and interesting patterns. Use them as curtains in a traditional room decorated in the same palette for some unexpected contrast of mood or with neutral, contemporary furnishings for a beautiful focal point that adds a historic reference.

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Eye-catching Tile
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Eye-catching Tile

Whether you use colorful tile on backsplashes or countertops, it makes a striking statement in your kitchen. Here, shades of orange and yellow make a colorful backdrop and could be used with a variety of cabinet colors and textures for a look that goes into unexpected territory.

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Bold Wall Hangings
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Bold Wall Hangings

Art is a primo way to bring individuality and boldness into your home. Take a chance and ignore the rules of symmetry, balance and theme. If your collection includes diverse pieces in content, size and framing, arrange them artfully on one wall, as here, so that they give the eye a buffet of looks. If you like colorful contemporary works, find large ones and let them dominate a wall or the entire room.

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