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Sometimes it’s OK to take design risks. Here are 7 worth taking.

Bold artwork: This is an area where you can really refine your personal style.
Bold artwork: This is an area where you can really refine your personal style. Bob Fortner Photography

The secret to an artfully crafted interior is taking the right risks.

I often hear my clients say about a space with bold details, “That is absolutely beautiful, but I can never pull that off.”

But without taking a chance with a few brave decisions, you may end up with a design that is too safe. Take your time, put together a plan of action that speaks to your personal style, and then execute.

Give your home the opportunity to achieve a magazine-worthy look by pushing the envelope and going out of your comfort zone.

Here are some of my suggestions.

1. Add an architectural detail

Take a rather large and empty wall and create a visually interesting architectural detail like a dramatic asymmetrical bookcase, highlighting the beautiful ceiling line.

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Mixing patterns: Layering and mixing patterns is a great way to add a playful eye teaser. Consider striped black and white curtains to complement the chevron pattern on the console for a visually alluring aesthetic. Bob Fortner Photography

2. Mix patterns

Layering and mixing patterns is a great way to add a playful eye teaser. Consider striped black and white curtains to complement the chevron pattern on the console for a visually alluring aesthetic.

3. An unexpected pop of color

Take a neutral, low-risk area and add an unexpected pop of color. Reds and greens are much more impactful and add a head-turning element to an otherwise uneventful space.

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An unexpected pop of color: Reds and greens are much more impactful and add a head-turning element to an otherwise uneventful space. Allie Mullin Photography

4. Bold artwork

This is an area where you can really refine your personal style. Artwork can quickly elevate any room by adding instant color and drama. Bare walls can make a space feel empty and incomplete, so why not go loud?

5. Funky wallpaper

This is a great way to jazz up a space. Choose a fun and unexpected wallpaper as a focal point to bring in an exciting vibe. I once used a wallpaper with Victorian-style animal portraits in a bonus room.

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Funky Wallpaper: Choose a fun and unexpected wallpaper as a focal point to bring in an exciting vibe, such as Victorian pet portraits. Bob Fortner Photography

6. Dark walls

Dark walls have a bad reputation that they make a room feel smaller. But they can be used to make a room feel more cozy and grounded. You can do one feature dark wall, or if you are brave enough, the whole room. Using wallpaper is a good way to break up the darkness.

7. Soft pastels

If you’re more of a soft-and-bright-colors person, using light pastels is a great way to bring in a daring element. Mints, blues and blush pinks can help add some personality to a space. For example, a kitchen would normally be a rather utilitarian space, but the use of a soft and happy blue gives it a nice oomph.

Taking the right risks will totally be worth it. Developing a sense of personal style takes a little bit of time and some experimenting. Trust in yourself and your style – and your confidence will show through your space. A professional interior designer can help guide you in the right direction.

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Soft pastels: Using light pastels is a great way to bring in a daring element. A kitchen would normally be a rather utilitarian space, but the use of a soft and happy blue gives it a nice oomph. Allie Mullin Photography

The designers who participate in the N&O design series are members of the Alliance of Interior Designers, allianceofinteriordesigners.org.

About the designer

Rima Nasser is the owner of TEW Design Studio, a full-service interior design firm in Durham that works with residential and commercial spaces. Contact her at tewdesignstudio.com, info@tewdesignstudio.com or 984-219-2923.

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