Sometimes the best design ideas are unexpected ones.

Surprise elements can often help inspire a creative look in a room. Not sure where to start? Here are seven ideas.

1. Creative shelving. There are a lot of options that can serve as a welcome break from traditional bookshelves, ranging from reclaimed wood to wall-mounted skateboards.

2. Artificial plants. Gone are the days when silk or dried flowers were the only fake-greenery options. Think tropical!

3. Removable wall stickers. Wallpaper remains more popular than ever. If you’re not sure about taking the plunge, opt for removable wall-sticker art instead.

Not ready to hang wallpaper? Experiment with decorative wall stickers instead. (Design Recipes/TNS)

4. Global pieces. Items from around the world will add interest to a space and serve as a conversation starter.

5. Metals. From hardware to accent pieces, these elements add both color and texture.

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6. Architectural enhancements. Have a floor-to-ceiling bookcase? Try adding a decorative ladder as a highlight.

7. Unique lighting. Chandeliers, wall sconces and other features can be a fun way to infuse character into a space.