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We tend to play it safe when it comes to making design decisions, yet the right style risk can pay off big time to create a memorable space with tons of personality. This year, let your resolution be to embrace change, try bold colors, make friends with pattern and experiment with texture for design risks that will pay off beautifully.

The Camden model home at Halcyon in Alpharetta, GA.

Be Bold

Backsplash tile is one of the easiest and most effective ways to create a kitchen with wow factor. Pairing well with deep black cabinets, this patterned blue and green tile is a feast for the eyes, adding immediate interest and impact when you enter the space.

The Camden model home at Halcyon in Alpharetta, GA.

Paint it Black

It’s often assumed a dark paint color can make a space feel smaller, but it can actually have the opposite effect. The jet black ceiling in this bedroom lends sophistication to the neutral color palette and anchors the patterned carpet and dark curtains perfectly.

The Albany model home at Harlow in Alpharetta, GA.

Embrace an All-White Palette

All-white furniture may seem too high-maintenance for some, but it can provide the perfect base for a crisp and clean look. A white sectional and armchairs, as well as a barely-there acrylic coffee table, keep this family room feeling bright and airy.

The Albany model home at Harlow in Alpharetta, GA.

Play with Personality

Neutrals may reign supreme when it comes to window treatments, but one look in this owner’s retreat will have you longing to introduce a pop of color into your own space. The rich mustard drapes do a fantastic job at playing up the gold elements in the art, pillows and accents, and impart a cheery vibe without feeling juvenile.

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