5 ways to add an impact to any room

Create impact in your home with the best tricks around

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Creating impact can be tricky. There's a fine line between impactful and over powering but with our top five tricks, we'll show you how to experiment with lighting, use colour and pattern to your advantage. All help you to boldly and be brave with what you have.

1. Make a statement with lighting

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A series of pendant lights, as opposed to a single fitting, will give the illusion of both length and space, while wall or floor lights add depth. Be sure to choose light fittings that suit the size of the room - too large and the space will feel cramped and too bright.

2. Go for broke with pattern

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The trick with pattern is to play with different scales. Too many patterns the same size just looks fusty and old fashioned (that was Granny's trick, time to move on!). Contrasting a gorgeous floral wallpaper with big bold monochrome tiles to bring a bit of drama to a small wash space.

3. Add high-contrast details

room with yellow wooden door

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Adding a pop of colour to a neutral scheme is a great way to be playful without having to invest too much. Whether it's adding some neon piping to your favourite cushions to give them a new breath of life or painting a door in a bright shade that will really turn a few heads.

4. Play with the unexpected

ceiling stripe

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And if you've got it, flaunt it. Why not continue wallpapering right up and across the ceiling? It's a great way to add a sense of drama. Big bold upscaled stripes put a modern twist on a classic pattern.

5. Use stop-in-their-tracks colour

living room with velvet armchair and sofa

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There's no need to be afraid of colour. Use a dark shade to envelope a space creating a cocooning effect, the richer, more jewell shades, the more sophisticated and luxe the effect.



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.