Let’s Break All the Decorating Rules!
Rules are meant to be broken or when it comes to decorating your home maybe there’s no rules to follow…
In the past interior designers always said to create the perfect interior for your home you had to follow certain decorating rules, well I don’t think that’s true. Let’s look at ten decorating rules set by designers and see if they were meant to be broken or followed.
1. Small rooms must only use pale and neutral colours
Okay if you want a light airy room then yes this rule applies, however the size of furniture and how much furniture used in the room is also a major factor to how the room looks. There is nothing to say that adding colour to a small room is wrong, if you want a different atmosphere. The addition of colours on the walls, curtains, furniture and accessories will create a warm and cosy feel in the room.
If you want a snug type room which is comfortable and inviting then colour is a must to create this ambiance. Sometimes a small room should stay just that way. A small room that uses colour is intimate and feels warm. Using pale colours isn’t going to achieve that look or feel.
2. Dark rooms make your space look smaller
Nope I totally disagree. The use of dark colours in a room adds a sense of glamour and drama. Many period homes use dark colours very successfully, it’s the scale and use of furniture that will if anything make the room feel smaller not the dark walls. Place and use fewer pieces of furniture in the room that has a dark colour theme this will keep the room open and uncrowded.
Keep the proportion of furniture in line with the size of the room so not to overpower the space. The use of dark colours on your walls will add warmth, texture and dimension. Don’t be afraid of stepping over to the dark side.
3. Never ever mix patterns and prints!
Wrong! Stripes, checks, florals and plain materials can all work happily together if you stick to the same colour pallet, so for example working with colours that complement each other like blues & greys, blacks & whites and greens & yellows.
Use colours that work together, rather than fighting against each other this will add colour, depth and interest into your room.
4. Only have one focal point
By having more than focal point you’re adding dimension and interest throughout your room. Your room has four walls so why should only one have all the attention, if you have a fireplace this may seem the obvious focal point in the room, but that doesn’t mean to say your bay window or favourite painting isn’t worth the same attention.
5. Every room needs more than one colour
I don’t think so! I am a big fan of using varying shades of one colour. So for example by using say yellows in various shades and tones you are adding depth and textures into the room without having to add an addition colour.
By using different shades of one colour the room will not feel flat or one dimensional and therefore will not require more colours to be added.
6. Stick to one design style
This is like saying to someone you can only have one sport or one hobby… or you can only have one friend. It’s a stupid rule! Our homes are a reflection of us and within a home the people who share it all have various tastes and style ideas and these can all work together giving the home a feeling of family style and personality.
There is no reason why an antique painting would not look stylish and at home in a modern setting or a contemporary piece of furniture in a Victorian conservatory.
7. Never paint antique/vintage furniture?
Be careful here I don’t want to encourage you to paint your grandmas chest of draws only to find out it was worth thousands of pounds in its original state! But if it’s not a priceless antique then this is a great way to recycle old furniture giving it a new breath of life.
It’s environmentally friendly and a great way to inject a modern touch to something old.
8. Dining room tables and chairs must match
What nonsense! You can definitely incorporate different styles and textures to your dining room chairs. The goal is to create a sense of mixture without causing dizziness! The use of different style chairs and different materials on the cushions will add character to the setting. Try using a bench seat on one side of the table and standard chairs on the other.
There is no reason why you can’t have a mixture of say leather and wood chairs at your table. Mixing and matching is a good thing!
9. White rooms are clinical
If you want to create a wonderfully tranquil space then white is the colour for you! By using more than more shade of white you will add depth and warmth to your room. White doesn’t have to feel sterile and cold at all think peaceful and calming.
10. You must follow the “rules”
I say that rules are meant to be broken! The only rule you should follow is your own taste and to have the freedom to express your personality in a way that makes your home your own. Know what style you want to create, do you prefer modern, contemporary, country or maybe you like the classics? Use colours that please you and work well together.
Your home should be a reflection of your passions and inspirations, not those made by someone else!