Don’t get me wrong, when I started out on my decorating journey, I also followed the guidelines about what I should (and shouldn’t do). Because, that’s what you do when you don’t know. I put up flowery curtains, painted all of my rooms cream, and bought a platter that said “Turkey” on it. (For my first Thanksgiving dinner, of course. I wouldn’t have dreamed of serving turkey, unless I had the appropriate platter to put it on).
Fortunately, after a while, we all decide that we really do (or do not) like flowery curtains, and we start to sift through our own style. We may, or may not, keep the Turkey platter, and we decide to paint the walls a darker shade of cream. We watch design shows, and pour over paint samples, but now and again we hesitate, and we wonder if what we want to do is really okay. Here is a list of some design things that really are okay (despite what you may have heard).
- Hang artwork at whatever height you like, wherever you want to. (And, use the smallest, most effective hook you can. Art weighs a heck of a lot less than you think).
- Go ahead, use dark paint in a small room, and add big furniture (but less of it). Makes it cozy and dramatic at the same time.
- When buying/remodelling a home, consider whether or not you want a formal Dining Room. Many people don’t use it, and it can become a clutter collector. Don’t have one “just because”.
- Not every room has to have a “pop of color”. Really. There are lots of neutral rooms that are truly beautiful.
- It’s okay, put a bed in front of your window if you want to.
- Give the Master Bedroom to your children, or use it as an office space. Do you really need a gigantic bedroom?
As you can see, the point is that design rules are just guidelines to get you started, or, as the late, great Katherine Hepburn said “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!”
Gorgeous bedroom from Bungalow at Home