For some personalities an aesthetically comfortable and successful interior needs the combination of familiarity and originality, lightness and depth, and just a few little sly twists. By that we mean, some element of surprise, whimsy and maybe even irreverent elements.
Like ceiling art.
Like a checkered floor.
How about adorable dog art;
OR stunning wallpaper to make a small space pop.
Or contemporary art in a traditional, formal setting.
How about having fun with color.
Scale is another surprising element to add whimsy to your design theme.
Then there are architectural elements like this pediment in modern library… a beautiful and surprising solution to the heights of library shelves.