When it comes to decorating, there are those of us who think of function more than form. However, if you want your space to stand out from others, here are some tips to help you out:
Why Mix It Up? - Having contrasting elements will liven up any space. When something doesn't perfectly blend together, you notice it more. Stripes are a prime example.
How Do You Do It? - Pair something elegant and lavish (like a chandelier or decorative mirror) with something simple (like a bare floor) or put bold statement wall hangings on a patterned wallpaper. To make something feel both rustic and modern, use slightly over scaled pieces in the space. If you are worried something won't work together, try it out and see! You can always rearrange something if you think it's not going to work.
What Can Accessories Do? - Accessories can do numerous things in your décor. Using the right accessories can make a smaller space feel larger or accessories can create a place that feels fun and playful. Draw attention to different parts of a space by having interesting groupings of items, like unique wall hangings or paintings. If you pair strong, masculine items with something light, it will both ground a space and make it feel airy at the same time. Don't worry about boundaries. Create collections of seemingly unrelated items that are bound by a color palette, texture or style. Remember to always treat accessories the same way you do with clothing accessories: remove one piece when you are done so you don't over accessorize!
These are just some small suggestions on how to make a room stand out from others not only in your home, but in general. The great thing about accessories is that you can always change them up when you want to without extreme renovations being done to a space!