7 Design "Mistakes" That Are Actually Totally Chic
Why is it that the moment someone says you can’t do something, all you want to do is push on and see it through? For whatever reason, whenever we hear that one of these design choices is off-limits, we want to prove that isn’t at all the case. Scroll through our slideshow to see 14 spaces that prove breaking all the rules is the only way to go.
Designers and décor publications often sing the praises of the area rug for its ability to add texture, comfort, and warmth to a space. We’re guilty as charged but that being said, we are really digging the bare, exposed floors in these chic spaces. Whether it’s a gorgeous herringbone pattern you want to expose or a painted treatment on your home’s hardwood floors you’d like to show off, if you’re up it, forgo an area rug to foster a sense of structured minimalism in your space.
According to popular wisdom, some colors like red and pink are meant to be kept far, far away from each other. However, as seen in these rooms, the combination of these warm hues can yield seriously stylish results. Consider combining other formerly taboo pairs like black and navy blue or orange and green in a variety of saturations and tones until you find the perfect, unexpected pair.
Why go through the expense of camouflaging industrial ductwork with soffits and drywall, when the exposed look can be so chic? Consider leaving your home’s inner workings exposed for a sophisticated look, which will lending a casual, mechanical vibe to traditional spaces and appear perfectly in place in loft settings.
Sofas without pillows and side tables without accessories may feel cold and unwelcoming, but in these rooms we love how fresh and clean it makes the spaces look. Uncluttered, serene, and refreshing, a barren space can make for the perfect place to reflect and recharge.
Some may say leaning your artwork against the wall on your mantle is lazy or sloppy, but we say it looks chic and charming. The casual take on art display adds a human element to precious spaces and works well for layering framed works in an overlapping style, encouraging frequent rearrangement and fresh inspiration.
Though depending on the theme the look can be kitschy, grabbing hold of a design idea and really running with it can yield some seriously delightful décor. In these spaces, designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard opted for an all-out Moroccan look in the home of one client, while designer Tessa Proudfoot opted for full-on Indonesian splendor on the patio space of one of her projects.
Forgoing window treatments in favor of a wide-open look may be looked down upon by those opting for a cozy, enveloping vibe, but the clean look and unfussy aesthetic works perfectly in streamlined homes and sophisticated urban apartments.
What common design no-nos do you ignore? Let us know in the comments!