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We tend to play it safe when it comes to making home design decisions, yet the right design 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 to bring the wow factor into your home.

Play with Personality

Play with Personality

The Elora model home at Lago Mar in Texas City, Texas.

Filling space on blank walls is often an afterthought in our design plans and something we tackle after furniture and other big-ticket items are in place, but there’s something to be said about building a space starting from a piece of art you love. In this bedroom, a tri-paneled octopus print acts as the muse for the room’s nautical inspired style, influencing the royal blue color palette, woven furniture and shiplap accent wall.

Decorate from the Ground Up

Decorate from the Ground Up

The Laguna model home at Empire Reserve at Spring Lakes in Tomball, Texas.

You may not consider flooring as an opportunity to create a show-stopping moment, but the right tile in a bathroom can really make an impact. In this case, the dramatic grey and white checkered tile pattern really sets the elegant, traditional tone of the bathroom and works especially well carried right up to the windows to frame the standalone tub.

Make a Style Statement

Make a Style Statement

The Rollingwood model home at Empire Cibolo Canyons in San Antonio, Texas.

A grand staircase can make a real impact in a home’s design, especially when integrated with decorative yet functional storage. The crisp white built-ins offer visual interest that ties well into the living room’s design and utilizes an area that would normally be dead space.

Reach New Heights

Reach New Heights

The Bowman model home at Empire Lakeside in Georgetown, Texas.

Without doubt, the wood beams in this living room help accentuate the grand ceiling height and tie together the rest of the rustic wood elements in the fireplace and furniture for an uplifting effect.

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