This unexpected note is a breath of fresh air that prevents an otherwise quite traditional interior from looking static or just too safe. Sheer contrast is a key element in creating an effective design surprise.
A room with a clever twist resides on the high ground of decorating. An object is provocative when it shows up in a room where it is least expected. Using an offbeat detail may require advance planning, but the preparation should never show. Any hint of contrivance would look strained, and then, of course, the surprise would be gone. So where is the Element of Surprise in your castle?