Design Revolt: Unconventional Décor Ideas

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When it comes to home décor, don’t be afraid to embrace the unconventional. Here are some suggestions to personalizing your space right here.

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In life, there are certain responsible, adulty things we should all be doing: giving firm handshakes; doing taxes on time; eating wholesome, leafy greens; using matching throw pillows…. Are you asleep yet? (Yawn.)

When predictable methods become as stale as day-old toast, maybe it’s time to venture down the path less traveled. To heck with rules, I say! When it comes to décor, all you need is a little imagination. After all, rules were made to be broken.

These unconventional décor ideas are sure to bring out your eccentric side:

The writing’s on the wall

bedroom book headboard

I think it was J.K. Rowling that said, “I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

When we read, we slip into someone else’s soul. We hear their thoughts—their voice—and see the world through a different lens. From literary classics to modern best-sellers, being enveloped by a good book is a lovely way to feed your imagination and pass the time.

Decorating with books adds a beautiful, unconventional twist to your space. You could affix a dozen open books to a feature wall or your bed headboard. If you’re feeling less daring, stack a few books with covers of similar colors on your coffee table. To tie this look together, add a vintage clock, a vase, or a small candle holder on top.

Sailing eccentric seas

nautical home decor

Whether you’re a buccaneer-in-training or a salty sea dog, most of us have fond recollections of sand, sun, and surf. If you’re going for a full nautical look, a wooden boat is right at home within your space.

If you love the rustic warmth of wood, you could hang a wooden canoe from the ceiling. Or you could turn that old boat into a makeshift bookshelf. To customize your look, add some paint, or a stain or glaze of your choice. Bare and painted-white wood are both equally magnificent in any space.

Any time is teatime

colorful tea set

Put the kettle on! There’s something soothing about sipping a nice, warm cup of tea. It’s a moment of your own, when you can reflect on life and enjoy some much-needed comfort. Or you could share a pot, and a few stories, with friends.

Teacups—not just a vessel for your favorite Earl Grey—are a colorful, interesting, and inexpensive way to achieve a vintage look. With all sorts of colors, shapes, and patterns to choose from, teacups add loads of visual interest and elegance.

You could stack a few teacups on your coffee table and add a floating candle to the center of each cup. For an unexpected take on the classic vase, place some fresh-cut flowers, like pink roses or carnations, into a teapot instead. Or you could use a few teacups as planters or jewelry holders. The sky’s the limit.

Take-home lesson

Out with the old and in with the new, I say! When it comes to décor, if you can dream it, you can make it happen. When you challenge what’s expected, you create a look that’s uniquely yours.

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Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts is a writer and marketer who loves to spin stories about interior design and home decor. She is principle strategist at Bluefinch.ca