Over the years, home design experts have come up with a coterie of rules — ceilings have to be white, furniture looks best against the wall (the list goes on). But if you take a look at some of the most beautiful interior spaces, what’s immediately apparent is that many — if not all — of these so-called decor rules are made to be broken.
With that in mind, here are seven decorating rules you absolutely should be breaking. Remember, your home should be a reflection of your personal style, not what someone else thinks it should be.
#1. Don’t mix prints. Just like with what you wear, don’t be afraid to go print-crazy at home. Mixing and matching is a surefire way to add a fun bohemian touch to a room. Ikat, leopard, florals — don’t be afraid to have fun.
#2. Put small furniture into small rooms. The logic goes that if you’re decorating a small space, it’ll appear bigger if you decorate using small furniture. Well, it’s simply doesn’t hold up. Don’t be afraid to play with big proportions in small spaces, including using a couch that may take up an entire living room, or an oversized painting on the wall in a small room.
#3. All chair legs must be entirely on a rug, or entirely off. Consider this the “don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule of home decor. Simply ignore it, and do what is best for the individual room that you’re decorating.
May 13, 2015 at 12:15pm PDT
#4. You need to have a couch in your living room. This classic rule for decorating has led to most living rooms out there looking essentially the same. Throw it out the window and consider creating a living space using all chairs instead of a couch, or a settee and several armchairs.
#5. Art should be only hung on the wall. There are actually quite a few places to put art that isn’t on a wall — prop a painting against a wall, on a mantelpiece, on a wall behind your desk, or inside a bookshelf instead of hanging it — the options are really limitless.
Aug 16, 2014 at 2:29am PDT
#6. Clutter is bad. You’ve heard it 101 times, and from a bazillion home experts — clutter is bad. But some of the chicest living spaces are chock full of stuff. Yes, some might call it clutter, but if having a lot of interesting things to look at in a room is clutter, sign us up.
#7. Every room needs overhead lighting. What a huge decor myth this is. Sometimes the best lighting is a combination of floor lamps and table lamps instead of a single, glaring, overhead light.