Like fashion, interior design styles are both cyclical and constant evolving. (Except it’s a lot less depressing to see the model of your family’s old couch at a vintage furniture store that he sees a youngster wearing a (19) ’90s’ suit’ for a ‘retro’ day at school.)
Either way, there are a number of factors at play that determine the way we decorate our homes, including our budget, aesthetic preferences and health problems. While some trends come and go, others have turned into widely accepted conventions that many people don’t think to question, despite the fact that their the original purposes may no longer be relevant.
Let’s take a look at some examples of interior design rules and myths you can ignore, according to Ruth Doherty at Homes & Gardens.
Small parts should be painted white (or at least a light color)
The idea here is that you can fool yourself and your guests into thinking that a small bedroom is actually a spacious suite if you paint the walls white (or some other light shade).). But interior designer Brianne bishop has a different take.
“Dark paint does not make the rooms smaller. I use this trick in reverse, ”she said. says Homes & Gardens. “By adding depth to a wall, it creates the illusion of pushing back the wall and feeling taller.
Each room should look like a department store window
Not only have furniture and interior design styles evolved over time, the way we shop for these items has evolved. Once upon a time, the thing to do was go to a furniture store or a dedicated department store and buy a matching set of furniture and then decorate the rest of the room accordingly.
But this is your house we are talking about, so furnish and decorate it in a way that makes you happy and comfortable. Even if things don’t traditionally match. “Mix it up a bit with complementary colors and bring in some special pieces in a different style or vintage to bring interest to the room,” interior designer Mark Lavender says Homes & Gardens. “A part does not need to be sterile. “
Never mix metals
There is no reason for you to choose one metallic finish for all the furniture and accessories in a room (or the whole house) and stick to it. If all the standard lights in your rented apartment are a version silver and you’re fan of brass, get that brass mid centurymodern lamp you’ve had your eye on. Do not allow the fact that silver hardware was the cheapest type available when your building was built to dictate the style of what is now (at least temporarily) your space.
Not only that, but mixing metallic finishes can elevate what might otherwise be a boring, overly finished look. “As long as you stay in the same family of cool versus warm, you can definitely mix metals and black goes with hot and cold metals,” Bishop says Homes & Gardens.