7 Interior Design “Rules” You Should Totally Break
Rules are made to be broken — at least when it comes to decor. Whether you’re decorating your first apartment or your forever home, knowing when to break with tradition can take your decor style from predictable to one of a kind. The key to success is picking and choosing where you want to go against the grain and how it’s going to benefit your space. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse for buying that bright, multi-colored woven blanket you’ve been eyeing. (Who knows, it could be the unexpected dose of color your space desperately needs!) Keep reading for a breakdown of the common design tropes we’re throwing out the living room window.
Don’t put large furniture in a small space.
Never paint the ceiling.
Always match your wood tones.
some continuity: You don’t necessarily want to be mixing extreme opposites like poplar and walnut, but do go for wood combos like cherry, birch and poplar. Above, a trio of shaker-style chairs completes the look of the space, blending effortlessly with a painted wood table, stained wall paneling and weathered wide plank floors. (Photo via Not a Paper House)
Never use faux plants.
incapable of keeping anything alive!), investing in high-quality silk florals can make all the difference. They’re also great for anyone with allergies. Don’t worry, though; the days of your mom’s cheap faux ferns and those plastic ivy plants from the ’90s are long gone. Place a silk orchid in an empty, lonely corner of your apartment or set a low-profile hydrangea arrangement on your bookcase for the ultimate low-maintenance accent. Simply dust occasionally and you’ll never have to pick up sad flower petals and pollen dust again. (Photo via The Zhush)