Designer Secrets: 5 Decorating Rules Worth Breaking

Depending on the situation, breaking a few rules here and there might add some interest to your everyday life. The world of interior design is definitely the place where breaking some rules can bring you amazing results, so let your inner rebel shine and explore these miscellaneous ideas you would otherwise probably never think of yourself (or you were too scared to think in that direction because you thought breaking the rules will result in disaster).

Always go with bright walls

This rule right here is why so many people live in boring interiors. Going for bold, dark wall colors can look amazing, even in smaller spaces. However, you should probably refrain from painting your entire room black. Therefore, the next time you decide that you want to redecorate your living space, feel free to choose a bold color for at least one of your walls. You can even opt for ornate, textured, sparkly wallpaper if a single color doesn’t seem to cut it.

Keep your space clutter-free

Another thing that might bring some of you down is a living area with not a lot of decorative items and various bits and pieces. Do note that while some people can live with minimalist decor, others feel more natural and welcome in interiors with a lot of visual interest. So, if you’re one of those people who function best in an “organized chaos”, feel free to fill your living space with things and trinkets that bring you joy because you’re the one living there! Never feel obligated to compromise your personal taste for the sake of current trends and hypes!

Protect your floors with rugs

Um, unless you are particularly clumsy – in which case you’ll need something else to protect the rug you’ve put in the room to protect the floor – you don’t actually need any floor covers. So, if you like your flooring solution and you wish to make it a part of your decor there really is no need to cover it up. Sure, if you leave your floors exposed, they will experience wear and tear more than they would if they were covered, but this just means that you’ll have to refresh them a bit more often, that’s all. Therefore, if you don’t like carpets, don’t get any, as simple as that! However, do keep in mind that bare floors can get a bit cold during colder seasons.

Small spaces should be furnished with small furniture

No! No, no, nope, not true, and here’s why. By equipping a small area with small furniture, you’ll just emphasize how small everything is. Of course, you should probably avoid going with the oversized furniture as well, but the conventionally-sized furniture pieces can actually make the entire place look more cozy and roomy. Besides, the size of the room is what it is, and there’s no furniture in the world that can change it, so why risk ending up with a room that looks like a scene from Snow White and the seven dwarfs, when you don’t have to?

Never paint original woodwork

Our last, but definitely not the least silly rule you should definitely break involves painting wooden furniture. If you ask your parents or grandparents, they will tell you that doing such a thing is simply crazy! However, we don’t see anything crazy about offering your old coffee table a new chance to shine by painting it in a color that will fit right in with your current design. So, if you want to have a sparkly purple coffee table instead of that boring mahogany one, go for it! Besides, this can easily turn into a fun DIY project after which you’ll be left with a unique piece you made yourself, which will make it that much more special.

It’s important to keep in mind that when designing and decorating your living space, your taste is what matters most! Therefore, don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t like, because your personal comfort is the most important rule that should never be broken.

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