Decorating and designing your home’s interior should be fun, but it’s easy to second guess yourself and be intimidated by conventional design wisdom. Because everyone’s spaces and styles are different, we’ve gathered up some “rules” that are completely okay to break (with gusto!). Read on to see some interior design rules to break in your space, plus how to decorate with them and become your own interior designer.
Just like in fashion, it’s acceptable (and encouraged, even) to mix and match or clash colors and fabric patterns and textures. Some interior designers have told us not to do this, but we say break the rules! Mixing and matching is prevalent in eclectic design, which is why it’s one of the most imitated trends and styles. This look is all about trial and error, so just start with what you love and don’t think too much about it. A great way to start is to use complementary hues, light and dark colors, and alternate between smaller and larger prints. Stripes and floral? Ikat and plaid? Love it, you rebel!
No way! Small spaces actually look larger when they’re filled up, so go ahead and get that big sofa (as long as it can get through your door). Fill that wall with some oversized wall art! Get the large rug for your living room! Small spaces are ideal for making big statements, furniture, décor, paint color, or otherwise. You can even split your space, i.e. a sitting area in your bedroom to make your space appear larger for scale and proportion and be even more functional.
Matching metals and finishes with furniture, light fixtures, and decor can be exhausting, so just throw this rule out the window. Mixing rose gold, silver, black, and gold is a great way to add an organic, lived-in vibe to your space. And when it doubt, a clear acrylic chair or table is the perfect way to break up too many metals.
See an outdoor rug you love? You can absolutely bring outdoor furniture and decor indoors. Same goes for outdoor pillows, loveseats, garden stools, daybeds, chairs, and anything else you’re eyeing. Outdoor-rated furniture and decor is built tough, so they hold up to high-traffic areas in your home in addition to adding an unexpected, unique edge to your space.
Why pick one style of chair when you can do different styles, colors, and designs? Mixing and matching dining chairs allows you to get a little creative with your space. There’s really no rule to this, but to get the look just right, keep the chairs around the same height and keep at least one matching pair for unity.
Actually, using color in a small space makes a big impact. Whether it’s a light color or dark color, it’ll add depth to the room. It’s also a great way to define a smaller space or room. So go crazy with any color you want! This anti-rule is especially helpful if you’re scared of colors or patterns — you can try bold paint colors or wallpaper patterns in a smaller space for less commitment than a sprawling living room.
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