It's Okay to Break the Rules


Ever notice that when you are told not to do something, it makes you want to do it so much more? Something about forbidden fruit attracts us, and we can't help but indulge. The same can be said for these interior design no-no's that prove it is okay to break the rules, sometimes.

Everything Must Match:

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It’s not fun to be accused of being too “matchy-matchy.” Plus, matching can be so boring. Instead, try mixing patterns and prints to bring personality to a room. If you’re worried about it not looking right, just stick to the same color palette.

Every Room Needs Color:

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This is not true. Completely white rooms can look clean and sophisticated. Instead of adding color, try using different textures. This will add depth to a chic white room.

Use Light Colors to Make a Room Look Larger:

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Instead of relying on the color of the room to create more space, try using larger furniture. Small furniture will make the room seem doll-ish, but big pieces of furniture will actually create a feeling of more space.

Stick to One Focal Point:

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Picture from homedesignlover.com

Rooms have four walls (or more!), so why not create a focal point on each wall? This could be a piece of wall art, an accent wall or a piece of furniture, but go ahead and explore the intriguing atmosphere more focal points can bring to a room.

Stick to One Style:

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Picture from interiordesignarticle.com

People typically don’t have one interest, so why limit a room to one style? Combining styles will give your home a layered feel and will be more representative of your personality, as well!

Limit the Use of Area Rugs:

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It might be unconventional, but layering patterned and textured rugs can add complexity to a room and add an interesting focal point that is not on a wall. However, it is best to stay within a color theme, so as not clash.

Furniture Must Be Ground:

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Picture from apartmenttherapy.com

Most people think that furniture has to be lined up against the wall, but that may be because it’s hard to pull off floating furniture. But if you can, do! It adds warmth and style to an otherwise plain room.

A Pop of Color is Necessary:

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Picture from HGTV.com

If you want to stick to one color, go for it. If you are worried about the room looking one-dimensional try using the color in different shades to add layers.

So, go ahead. Live a little and break the rules!