There is nothing wrong with showing a bit of style. This week's Torah portion gives strict instructions for the development of the ark of the covenant, a little leway is given for creativity.
The parochet is the curtain behind which sit the Torahs in the ark. They may be quite plain or quite ornate... here are a few of my favorites.
From Merrie Handfinger is this lovely Burning Bush parochet which currently is used in Brooklyn at the Park Slope Jewish Center.
Ina Golub's work graces the bima at Congregation Beth Am in California (right) and Congregation Moriah in Deerfield, MI. Lovely, hmmm? I will be sure to show you some of Ina's Torah Mantles on a later date.