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Decorating Decoded – Top 10 Myths

Tabitha debunks popular home decorating misconceptions

 

by Tabitha Dietrich - October 20, 2015

Over the years I’ve come across objections to decorating suggestions I have made to clients because they thought it was against the rules of decorating. Below are my Top 10 Myths that people have bought into and my reasons for de-bunking them. Are you guilty of believing any of these?

Myth #1 Small Rooms Cannot Be Painted Dark Colors
While it’s true that lighter colors tend to make a room feel airier, a darker color can make a small space feel cozy and more intimate. It is the scale and placement of the furniture that has more impact on a room feeling small than the wall color. Which brings me to…

Myth #2 Small Rooms Must Have Small Furniture
This only emphasizes the smaller dimensions of a room and usually leads to people putting too much “small stuff” into it resulting in the space feeling cramped and cluttered. Opt for fewer pieces of a normal size that makes a statement and optimizes function. For example, an oversized ottoman that opens up can be used for additional storage, as a coffee table and provide additional seating.

Myth #3 Ceilings Have To Be Painted White
Why? A ceiling painted the same color as the walls will make the room look bigger because you have erased the line that would have been created between the walls and ceiling. By painting the ceiling a lighter, darker or contrasting color, you can create more dimension and drama to the room. It can help highlight architectural details or even just draw the eye up to focus on an amazing light fixture.

Myth #4 You Can Only Have One Focal Point In A Room
But rooms have 4 walls so why not have more than one focal point? A fireplace could be one, while a picture window with an amazing view could be another. Place some great artwork on another. You get the idea.

Myth #5 Stick To One Decorating Style
Nonsense. Do we as individuals only express one facet of ourselves? No, so why should our homes not reflect all the dimensions of the people who live in them. This is what makes a space unique and reflects your personal style.

Myth #6 Everything Has To Match
This myth gets applied to several things. First, think furniture suites: end tables match coffee table, sofa matches loveseat matches armchair, etc. People also try to match colors the same way in a room. If the walls are painted blue, then an attempt is made to match that same shade of blue in the upholstery, rug, and window treatments. Either way, the room is left feeling flat and visually uninteresting.

Myth #7 Don’t Mix Patterns And Prints In Your Fabrics
Again, this helps give your room texture and dimension. Florals, stripes, plaids and geometrics can all work together. Use a large, a medium and small scale of each type of pattern and unite with one common color throughout.

Myth #8 Don’t Mix Metallic Finishes
So many people think that the metallic finishes of their light fixtures, cabinet hardware, door knobs and faucets all have to be the same. Not true. As in fashion, home décor allows you to mix silver and gold or brushed nickel with aged bronze. Like any other colors, metallics can be warm or cool and can help add sparkle to your space.

Myth #9 Furniture Has To Be Placed Against The Walls
I honestly cannot count the number of times I have seen furniture lining the walls encircling the room leaving a giant wasted space in the middle. “Floating” the furniture in the room makes a better use of the space as well as making the room more inviting and interesting. Try it, you’ll like it.
And now, the final myth that I love to break the most….

Myth #10 You Have To Follow The Rules
Only you make the rules about how your home should look and feel. There are basic principles to use as guidelines but you are only limited by your own imagination.

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