Toss those decorating rules out the window! It’s time to rethink what we know about decorating and shed light on the myths many of us have fallen victim to.
Myth #1: All ceilings need to be white.
White gives you a clean, simple look, but it is not the only option. Go dark, go bright, go bold, go textural, go patterned, go paper–if something other than white works for your ceiling, then go for it.
Myth #2: Small rooms should never be painted dark colors.
At the end of the day, you have to be happy with your space–no matter what its size. For years, we’ve always heard that dark colors make small spaces look even smaller. This really isn’t truthful. If a room gets enough natural light, dark colors can look amazing. Even if the space doesn’t have a lot of windows, darker colors can often come across as cozy, even dramatic, giving the room a much bigger presence than if it had been painted light.
Myth #3: You have to stick with one decorating style.
Wrong. It’s not true that your room has to have a single decorating style to look coherent. Times have changed and our tastes in style have evolved. As long as there’s a common denominator, an eclectic interior can have a uniform look.
Myth #4: Wood finishes have to match.
Interiors can sometimes appear flat and boring when everything matches. For depth and interest go ahead and mix your wood finishes. As long as their tones complement each other, it’ll look amazing.
Myth #5: Neutral colors are safe.
Neutrals get a bad rap for being boring. In all reality, they are anything but. However, they have to be approached in the right way. If you don’t address tone, shape, texture, and depth, you’ll be left with a room dangerously verging on boring.
Myth #6: No more than 3 patterns per room.
A popular rule is the rule of 3: one small, one medium, and one large pattern per room. In most cases, it’s an excellent rule to follow. There are, however, some exceptions. If you’re the adventurous type, use as many patterns as you’d like. Just be sure to scatter them evenly throughout the room and break them up with solids so the eye has a place to rest.
Myth #7: A 3-piece living room suite is a must.
A sofa and a pair of armchairs are common choices for living spaces, but what if your space calls for a different solution? There are much more interesting choices than the standard living room seating. Maybe you need two sofas. Maybe you want a neutral sofa and colorful chairs. Maybe it’s a sectional you need. Perhaps you don’t want or need a sofa at all. Mix and match it any way you choose.