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Publication Date: 2014-02-01


Zing! Pow! High Energy Interiors!

From a fuchsia colored room to embroidery galore, these interior designs are sure to inspire out-of-the-box thinking for your next design project.

Image:: Martha Stewart Living September 2007

Phew--getting out of bed this morning felt impossible! The sunrise seems so late, and since I renounced caffeine a couple months ago I miss that boost from a hot cup of coffee. So here are some energetic images for blah Mondays--a double shot of visual espresso, if you will!

Image: Atlanta Bartlett

Though this vivid fuchsia curtain is slightly sheer, it still has terrific impact. Look at the way it causes the sun puddle behind the settee to take on a pinkish hue--such a unique way to play with the effect of light on a space!

Image: A Passion for Collecting

"While we're speaking of pink, how about this room? It's a no holds barred homage to that perennial favorite color! I like how the space doesn't take itself too seriously; the madcap collection of crookedly hung paintings and the zany mix of textures keeps the whimsy level on high."

Image: Martha Stewart Living September 2009

Chartreuse and aubergine is one of my latest palette fancies. I really admire the courage required to paper your walls in such a shocking pattern! Yet it works so well, partly because petite stature of the poster bed contrasts nicely with the bold statement of the wallpaper.

Image: Flea Market Style

I'd never go this wild in my own house but sometimes I daydream about doing an office this way. Can't you see the wacky furniture and dizzying patterns in a bustling graphic design firm? It's also fun to imagine which of these pieces you would bring home and incorporate into your current decor. (Dibs on those funky pillows!)

Image: Elle Decoration October 2008

Crazy swirls and pops of bubble gum provide a serious jolt in this bathroom. Teamed with a basic ceramic pedestal sink and a romantic mirror, the eclectic combination makes brushing your teeth an adventure. And, um, is that a panda painting in the shower?

Image: Living Etc.

Color, texture, blah blah blah. Flowers, embroidery, blah blah blah. Let's talk about what's really important in this vignette: that giant squirrel figurine and the massive knitted clock hanging on the wall. If those nutty accessories can't shake things up, than I don't know what will!

Image: Sarah Kaye

Finally, no gimmicks, no tomfoolery, no ballyhoo. Just four perfect ranunculi in the sunniest shade imaginable. How's that for curing a case of the Mondays?


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