Having a home interior that easily blends into the neighborhood and conforms to the ideal beauty standards of the area you reside in can feel a bit too “cookie cutter” sometimes. For those who want to step outside the box, there are fun ways to add drama to your living space that will bring you more enjoyment than the ordinary styles you may be used to seeing.
The most effective way to bring drama to a room is with rich color choices. An easy way to do that is with a darker paint color for the walls. Soft, light colors are usually used to keep a home’s interior looking like a clean canvas, so when you walk into a room with a darker color on the walls it immediately draws the eye simply be being unpredictable. Don’t be shy when it comes to how dark you can go. Colors like royal blue, evergreen, charcoal gray, crimson red and chocolate brown can all work to your advantage. Black is also not off limits. Choosing a matte finish will better complement your home’s interior. Paint the whole room or even just one accent wall depending on how much natural light is available. Play around with making a stripe pattern on the walls with the same shade in a different sheen or maybe a black and white contrast.
Another way to add drama is through wallpaper. Look for intricate designs in bold, dark colors. Textured wallpaper is a great way to make a dramatic pattern come alive. Metallic accents give the walls an edgy look, while designs in different shades of the same color add a playful touch. Again, you can choose to apply it to every wall in the room or use this material for a single accent wall with dark paint covering the remaining surface area.
Finally, the wall decorations you choose for the room will drive up the drama as well. Richly-colored art pieces, floor-length drapery and intricately framed mirrors all have their part to play. Creative metal wall sculptures, unique wall-mount plaques, and dark wood shelving to showcase any unusual and interesting figurines all add to the mood of the room. Tapestries, a skeleton clock or a wall mural are great ideas as well. The most important thing is to make it your own. Play around with the ideas that appeal most to you and see what works with your home’s layout. And remember to enjoy the process!
Be sure to check out Part Two of our Dramatic Decor Ideas series to learn more about bringing some drama to your home!