Back to Basics: The Design Ground Rules You Need to Know (Before Breaking Them)

Most of us have a firm sense of what we like and dislike when decorating a room—we've seen enough magazines, TV shows, Pinterest boards, and furniture stores to know our style (or at least what we definitely don't want in our room). But decorating takes more than just a sense of style to look right—proportions and design rules are equally important. We often hear interior designers talk about scale when referring to good décor. You can buy the most beautiful chandelier in the world, but if the size is wrong for the space, it will look weird—guaranteed.

So what are those all-important interior design rules that cannot be broken? We asked two designers at Havenly to shed light on the most common decorating conundrums, once and for all. And because we love breaking rules once in a while, we added a few workarounds too. Never visit a furniture store without these rules in mind—and your rooms will always look high-end.

Next up: Don't decorate your home without these 10 must-know rules.

This story was originally published on May 12, 2017, and has since been updated.