If you want to make a unique statement, don't play it safe --go bold. Paint isn't meant to be a permanent fixture and purchasing all new furniture isn't necessary. Punch up your room by reupholstering your existing furniture pieces in rich colors and great patterns. Give old furniture a face-lift with a coat of paint or stain.
Using a dark and bold wallpaper is also a way to make an impact in a room.
If you are nervous about taking the step towards a new dramatic room, a good experimental location is a powder bathroom. In the powder bath below, we used a black and gold geometric print paper. Even though this paper seems dark and a little funky, we kept the traditional style of the home in tact.