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Every once in a while, I get a question from someone who is in the middle of re-decorating a room, has an idea of what she wants, but is afraid to go ahead with it because she thinks she is breaking “the decorating rules”.
I hear statements like “I love that gold framed mirror but my other accessories are silver”, “I found this awesome zebra-print cushion but I already have a patterned fabric in that room” or “I bought a giant stuffed teddy bear from Costco but it’s too big to fit in the bedroom”. Okay, there’s probably not a lot you can do for that last one :) But in a lot of cases, those rules turn out to be decorating myths.
I have to say that I’m not big on following a lot of decorating rules to begin with. However, I know that a lot of people find it easier to decorate if they have some guidelines to follow. And there’s nothing wrong with doing that…until you start giving up on things you really love solely because you might be breaking a rule. At the end of the day, it’s your house. so the only rule that really matters is that you love it!
As a side note, I do follow some tried and true design principles (which you can read about HERE), but they are more about laying out a room so that it feels right, not picking the exact colors, patterns and finishes that go into the room.
Click next to see the decorating rules you can absolutely go ahead and break.