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Design Insider: A Time for Breaking Rules

09.09.2013 | all-posts, Design Insider, Featured Posts

Hello Fabulistas! There are so many rules out there for designing spaces, so many dos and don’ts. While many are great guides to follow, some rules are worth breaking. Your home should represent you, and in order to create a space that reflects your personality you may have to do things your own way. Here are a few rules I always break.

Pick a style and stick with it

Long ago we were told to pick a style and stick with it. This definitely does not apply any more! When I design spaces I like to mix periods and styles to create a more in-depth look. I like to throw in some antiques with modern pieces and make my spaces feel personal.

A time for breaking rules

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Art is an investment

While it’s fab when a piece we love turns out to be worth a lot of money, that is not why we should buy art. You have to look at your art every day, maybe multiple times of day. Your art should be something you fall in love with! So buy art with the love in mind, and make sure your home represents you.

A time for breaking rules

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Small spaces should be light

While I do like small spaces in lighter colors, that really does depend on the room and its purpose. Sometimes I like to design a corner nook in dark, brooding colors. Other times I like to turn small rooms into TV rooms and libraries, which look best in dark, rich colors.  If you think outside the box, you’ll get great results!

A time for breaking rules

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Ceilings should be white

I love adding color to my ceilings. While white ceilings look great, ceilings with color look even better! If I’m designing a beach home, I like to splash some beachy colors on the ceiling and carry them through the space. If I’m designing a dark room, I continue the dark colors through the ceiling. Don’t be afraid of color. Remember, you can always repaint!

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All finishes should be the same

Remember that old room about wearing one type of finish at all times? We don’t do that in fashion anymore, so why do it in our homes? It’s totally ok to mix golds, stainless and bronze finishes. If you’re space called for mixed finishes, go for it!

A time for breaking rules

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Because your home should feel comfortable, you should design based on your needs. If you need to break a rule, go for it! Play with different options until you fall in love with your space.