9 Design Rules You Should Be Breaking
As the old adage goes, “You have to know the rules to break the rules.” We’re here to suggest throwing out the book on design rules. From unexpected color pairings to giving vintage a new lease on life, spaces that march to the beat of their own drum are aspirational and undeniably chic. Keep scrolling to find out which design rules we think were made to broken.
These two darks, both alike in dignity, have been embraced by the fashion set. After seeing navy-and-black power pairings crop up on the runway, the trend made its way to interiors. We love the moody, cool sophistication the union brings out. The color combination feels clever and elegant, with a subtle nod to the unexpected.
Larger pieces placed within a small space can feel dramatic and confident. Instead of feeling restricted by the room size, select furniture with sculptural appeal. Solid hues and clean lines can break up the space in a way that feels edited and bold.
While classic pieces and heirlooms often require a thoughtful approach to preserve their historic and sentimental value, we love a good redemption story. When designing on a budget, scooping up key pieces at flea markets or estate sales and reupholstering or refinishing them is a budget-friendly way to curate any space with one-of-a-kind treasures.
All of the elements of a room can maintain a harmonious voice while achieving a mix of period, style texture, and color. Achieving the perfect hierarchy of elements takes consideration and requires a risk. If you’re craving a look that melds many different periods, first create a visual mood board that joins all the details together. A pinboard combining all your ideas will help establish a cohesive dialogue.
We’re making the case that some busy prints are made for small spaces. Patterns that would otherwise become garish and overwhelming in large doses take on a whole different personality in tight quarters. Balance out the drama of vibrant elements with quieter furnishings and neutral accessories.
While these two vibrant, busy patterns might seem incongruous, the combination can be tasteful and downright inviting. The mix of feminine and masculine, geometric and organic is beautifully chic. Highlighting a tartan plaid with a delicate floral accent invites a charming allure.
Using deep, dark hues within a smaller space feels romantic and intimate. Use pops of lively color to break up the dark aesthetic and welcome a wink of warmth and personality.
Often the most communal room in a home, a formal dining space broken up with a playful mix of seating can convey an air of laid-back ease. Livening up your seating is a simple way to invite small pops of pattern and color to an otherwise neutral space.
Wallflowers no more, ceilings are making a big splash. A patterned ceiling is a beautiful way to tie together the different design elements within a space, from an iconic floor to architectural details. Always bold and unexpected, this trend earns our stamp of approval for completely changing the vibe of a space.
Have a design rule you love to break? Tell us in the comments below.