9 amazing looks that will change the way you think about decorating

These surprising decorating ideas will have you reaching for the paint and rollers

1. Colourful period detailing

Lucky enough to have beautifully detailed, wedding cake-like walls? Period details don’t mean your home has to be traditional. Update the space by painting around the features in a delicate pastel shade like the colour of these baby blue walls and mix in stronger colours to create a totally modern look.

2. Unfinished walls

It’s official – raw walls are the new bare brick. If you’re tempted to call the decorator at the first sight of unfinished plasterwork, it’s time to think again. The roughness of these walls creates a beautiful, rugged texture, which you can highlight with large-scale accessories and statement pieces of furniture, like this modern four-poster bed. Painting not always necessary!

3. Statement shelving

A modern solution to a storage problem is an entire wall of open shelves. They may look uniform and personality-free initially, but fill them with your treasures and you’ve got the most useful of spaces where almost nothing will look out of place. Talk about making the most of a spare wall.

4. 360-degree wallpaper

Decorating a small space can be a challenge, but tight spots such as hallways and tiny bathrooms are great areas to go crazy with the pattern. The wrap-around effect of this blue geometric wallpaper (which also spreads to the ceiling) creates an abstract tunnel to the more calming hues of this living room, packing some true style punch.

5. A wall of patterned tiles

Usually found on floors, encaustic tiles come in a huge range of bright, pick-and-mix patterns. By having them tiled on to the wall this colourful modern bathroom gets not only a practical waterproof surface, but also a customised artwork.

6. Playful pastels

Create a colourful yet relaxed hallway with muted hues in pretty pastels. Keep blocks of colour and pattern simple so that the calming shades remain the focal point and add in whites and natural materials to keep the palette balanced.

7. Dip-dye walls

For a gentle introduction of colour into a room, try a dip-dye effect rather than a full-on solid block. This wallpaper eases bright turquoise into this blue/green-filled bedroom for a calming look reminscent of cool sea breezes and summer seascapes.

8. Bold painted door

If your door has seen better days, here’s the solution. Make a statement and bring a splash of colour to your in-between room space – the bold flash of red on this bright yellow door brings an extra element of surprise.

9. Dream-like theme

A whimsical decorating theme is a cohesive way to experiment with your style in a room and have some fun. This under-the-sea styled living room features a watery palette with touches of coral, marine life and pebble decorating – now that’s what we call a conversation starter.

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