10 Bold Interior Design Ideas to Add Drama to Your Home

Truly spectacular interior design requires the willingness to take a risk. This might sound intimidating at first, and that’s understandable – your home is important, and you want it to be beautiful! 

However, in the hands of the right designer, you don’t need to worry. A carefully considered design will produce not just good results, but stunning results. All it takes is a little boldness and a lot of trust in your designer.  

Let’s take a look at some adventurous, exciting design choices you can make for your space – and how those same risks have paid off for some of Right at Home Interiors’ clients. Get ready to be inspired!

1. Choose a Bold Color for Your Walls (and Ceiling!)

A bright, deep, or intense shade for your walls can instantly transform the look of the entire room. Just remember to paint the ceiling as well! It is common for people to neglect the ceiling when painting the rooms of their home. 

If you are worried about painting your ceiling, don’t be. Leaving it unpainted makes the room feel incomplete, but a painted ceiling brings the room together and highlights details of your space that would otherwise go unnoticed.

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The walls and ceiling in this room started out white, but the client was guided to go with a paprika red that allowed the light color of the drapes to really pop. The deep color gave the room dimension and accentuated the beauty of the crown moulding. 

2. Fall in Love with Fabrics First

Sometimes you find a to-die-for piece of fabric you just have to use. Great! Your designer can work with you to create an entire look you’ll love with fabric as the inspiration. It may seem like just a few yards of loose material to start, but that can become the starting point to help you select paint colors, furniture, light fixtures, area rugs, and more.

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This living room space was inspired by an abstract fabric the client fell in love with. Keely Hersh, owner, and designer of Right at Home Interiors, used the fabric to select paint colors and to create drapes and valances that best expressed her client’s modern style. 

3. Match in Style, Not Material

Not all your pieces have to be in the same fabric or material. You can use wood in one part of the design and wrought iron in another. Or, you can mix silk and linen, tile and chrome, marble, and copper. The material type does not need to drive the design. In fact, as long as you keep a certain style in mind, it can be more dynamic and interesting to mix materials the same way you would mix patterns in an outfit. This takes a fine eye, so make sure you’ve selected a designer who has proven experience working in this way.

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This pantry bar is located between the pantry and dining room of the client’s home. Keely used a scant 1-yard piece of fabric the client loved to design a valance. She also matched blue antique tiles with modern-day tiles to make a beautiful backsplash. These design choices along with the bar’s red accents and white silk drapes created a flow between the dining and pantry spaces. 

The finishing touch was the drapery rod, which is in the same style as the one in the client’s dining room but is in a different material. This mixing of materials connects multiple rooms together without making them too matchy-matchy.

4. Select Unusual Hardware

Sometimes all it takes is one eye-catching piece to ignite your design concept. Drapery rods, door handles, and cabinet knobs and hinges are just some the different pieces of hardware that can be changed to bring a daring feel to your space. 

You can even source some of these pieces yourself before you enter into a design project. Keep an eye out for unique hardware at hardware stores, antique stores, and other places you shop. If you find a piece you like but aren’t sure how to make it work in your home, talk with your designer. Odds are they’ll have a great idea as to how to integrate it into your space.

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This award-winning craft room was brought to life with the help of these one-of-a-kind rods. Keely used the color “Aquarium (SW6767)” by Sherwin Williams to paint them, had custom brackets welded up, and sourced drapery rings to match. Keely’s resourcefulness with these rods shows that even hardware with missing parts can still be used to create a stunning design.

5. Let Your Designer Lead You

You know your home better than anyone else, but a great designer can see your home’s potential in ways that the untrained eye won’t catch. Your designer may want to knock down a wall, remove or create a window, or install entirely new cabinetry. Even if you don’t require such large renovations you will still need to trust your designer to take you to places you wouldn’t dream to go all on your own.

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This cottage kitchen looks nothing like the original space. It took a complete renovation to bring it together. The process required a lot of trust, patience, and willingness to think creatively, but the result was worth the journey. This profound transformation fulfilled the client’s dreams – and became award-winning on top of it all! 

6. Embrace the Drama

Does your room have high ceilings? What about lots of angles, or unique crown moulding? Whatever sets your room apart from the rest, let that guide and inform your design decisions. Highlight the dramatic features of your space with contrasting color choices, coordinated-yet-eclectic furniture and accessories, and custom window treatments that accentuate the height of your ceilings or shape of your windows.

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Keely brought the drapes up very tall in this elegant living room to highlight the height of the ceiling. She also coordinated the wall color with the fabric color and chose complementary textures, patterns, and colors throughout the space that still offered enough contrast to be interesting. She also integrated some of the client’s existing furniture seamlessly into the space.

7. Choose Floor-to-Ceiling Cabinets

Custom cabinets designed to perfectly suit your space can create a stunning look all on their own. When designed to stretch from floor-to-ceiling, cabinets add drama and sophistication to any room. Consider selecting deep or intense paint hues for your walls to complement your new cabinets.

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This renovated laundry room had new floor-to-ceiling cabinets designed to fit the room’s slanted ceiling. The deep red walls and dark hardware provide contrast to the space while highlighting the unique details of the cabinets.

8. Create a Dynamic Color Palette

New wall colors are always a fun change to make to a home but getting the color palette right requires a keen eye. You might feel a temptation to play it safe by sticking to a single color, but there’s no need. Your designer can help you select a series of complementary colors and shades that bring a new sense of vitality to your home.

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These colors were not only carefully selected but applied in a particular pattern to create a coordinated look that emphasized the crown moulding and depth of the client’s home. The finished look is an elegant display of color stretching from the client’s entryway to her living room.

9. Add Unexpected Accessories

Any room can be elevated through smart accessory selection. Even if your room is dominated by a single color, you can add contrasting materials, textures, and sharp pops of color to create dynamic visual interest in the space.

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This bedroom design came together with the help of custom-designed bedding and pillow shams. A piece of abstract artwork added a surprising-yet-cohesive burst of color to the otherwise blue-toned space.

10. Paint Your Ceiling a Darker Color than Your Walls

If painting the ceiling at all already felt like a risk, then this may seem like the wildest design move on the entire list. Yet, when done correctly, the payoff is immense. High ceilings and a lot of natural light allow for deeper paint colors. 

The choice to paint the ceiling a darker color than the walls is also a way to modernize a room that contains antique or classic-style furniture. Tie the ceiling color into the space through your accessories, drapes, and other details to create a truly distinct look you’ll love.

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This elegant dining room leverages a deep red ceiling and tall custom drapes to accentuate her 10’ ceilings. Rather than creating the feeling that the ceiling was pressing down on the room, the darker paint color broadened the space and added just the right amount of drama – perfect for an entertainer’s dining room. 

Begin Your Interior Design Adventure with Right at Home Interiors

There’s no risk too big with the right designer on your side. Keely Hersh from Right at Home Interiors knows how to translate your design idea into a bold new look for your home. Share your design idea with Keely Hersh today to start the journey.