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22 Ways to Be (a Little) More Daring With Your Decorating

Nothing too crazy here — just 22 bold(ish) design ideas from HGTV Magazine that will subtly spice up your space.

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Photo: David Tsay. From: HGTV Magazine.

1. Paint a Room Charcoal

Many rooms can handle dark walls, especially if they get plenty of light. Try deep gray — or, if you really want to be a daredevil, black — to instantly create coziness. 

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2. Rethink Your Switch Plates

So long, plain white plastic! Try a patterned plate instead for a surprising pop. Mexitile Diamond 5" x 3 ¼" clay switch plate, $17,

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Photo: Kim Cornelison (styled by Heather Chontos). From: HGTV Magazine.

3. Hang Art Low

There’s no rule that says art should always be at eye level. Position a piece a foot or two off the floor. It’s not only unexpected, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the picture while seated. 

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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio D. From: HGTV Magazine.

4. Fill a Vase With One Giant Leaf

A solitary leaf with a striking shape, like a monster (pictured), a palm or an elephant’s ear, can last weeks and is often much cheaper than a flower bouquet. Colors of Summer 12"H x 7"-diameter glass vase in fuchsia, $89,

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