THE 10 DÉCOR RULES YOU NEED TO BREAK RIGHT NOW

SOME RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN AND THESE 10 OUTDATED HOME DÉCOR RULES ARE IN NEED OF A LITTLE RULE BREAKING TO REMIND US THAT WE CAN FRESHEN UP OUR SPACES SIMPLY BY TRYING NEW THINGS

By Greer Krige, Lifestyle Content Creator

How many times have you seen a specific colored carpet and thought of your gran? Or a curtain that reminded you of your mother? We all grew up surrounded by decor choices of older generations which most of us adopted as our own. The color of the ceiling, the style of the room are all related to what we find comforting and ‘homely’ at the end of the day. 

With the ease of online browsing and shopping and thanks to some of the most innovative and free-thinking minds of many interior designers out there, we can now pick and choose from a wide variety of options to bring into our spaces, changing the way we may have traditionally done things in the past.

10 decor ideas deconstructed:

 

1. All ceilings should be painted white. Not true, it depends on the space. A cosy home theatre space or pajama lounge would be divine with a dark moody ceiling. The addition of a dark ceiling can add a sense of drama and sophistication to space – picture white walls, and lots of greenery by way of plants juxtaposed against a dramatic charcoal ceiling.

2. Furniture should be placed up against the wall. Not so, try pulling it away a small amount and you will see how much better the spaces ‘breathe’ it creates a better flow, and surprisingly a better sense of spaciousness.

3. Don’t mix patterns and prints. This is simply madness, the mixing and matching of patterns and prints add interest and character to space. Now I’m not saying go overboard but have some fun. I personally love a geometric print teamed with a traditional floral, as long as the colors match.

4. Metals should not be mixed. The age-old idea of not having cool-toned (silver, nickel, or chrome) and warm-toned metals such as gold, copper, brass in the same space is no longer a thing. The same misconception applies to jewelry, it’s a personal choice but I am a big fan of combined cool and warm metals which add depth and glamour.

5. White/light-colored walls make a room seem more spacious and conversely dark colors make a room feel smaller. Wrong again, as long as a unified color is used the lightness or darkness has no effect.

6. Position art high on walls so that objects below don’t obscure it. This is false, art needs to be seen and experienced and the best way to do this is at eye level. Also, a lovely feeling is created when another object like a pot plant or sculpture overlaps wall art. I also adore artwork that is casually leaned up against the wall instead of hanging on it for an understated sophisticated look. 

7. Décor pieces in the same space all need to be in the same style. There is a multitude of options when it comes to decor styles from French, classic, Scandinavian, or Farmhouse. Having to stick to the old idea of having a room full of one style of decor is very outdated! Rather have fun and mix it up a bit by bringing in some of your own personality before you end up living in a French farmhouse that will end up paying homage to Provence.

8. You should not mix woods. Now I am not saying go and use a stick of furniture from every tree known to man, as with everything the key here is balance. Bringing in a few different types of wood, however, is a great way to mix it up but try to ensure there is a common undertone that links them subtly.

9. Not being able to have nice furniture if you have pets and kids. Contrary to popular belief, yes, you can but be clever about it! Scotch guard, scotch guard, scotch guard, and slipcovers! I also keep a stock of beautiful but washable throws that I use to enhance (protect) my white couch from peanut butter covered hands and muddy paws.

10. Everything must be symmetrical. Not at all the case when it comes to your home. In fact, having an asymmetrical setup adds interest to an otherwise ‘stage’ look. The trick is to ensure that the sides still balance visually for example a large potted plant on one side of your space is balanced with a collection of small artworks on the other side. They differ in size and shape but they balance each other visually. Any self-respecting décor lover knows that balance brings harmony and who doesn’t love a harmonious space.

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