When it comes to decorating your home, we’re often too scared to do anything in case we get it ‘wrong’. Well, here’s the good news: despite what you’ve heard, there is no wrong! It’s your home, so as long as everything works for you and you love it, go for it. To get you started, here are some interior decorating myths you can totally ignore…
1. Your ceilings should be white.
Despite often repeated interior decorating myths, a colourful ceiling does not automatically shrink a room. In fact, it gives it a fabulously chic element, and can add quite the ‘wow’ factor to your space. Don’t get us wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a white ceiling, but we want you to know that it’s not your only option. If you’re thinking of painting your ceiling, here’s some advice on choosing colour schemes for every room.
2. Don’t mix your patterns and prints…
…or stick to a maximum of three. This may have been the trend in the past, but these days it’s all about clashing. Big, small, loud or muted — it’s your space and this is the perfect way to let your personality shine through. If you’re worried that you’re going a bit overboard, find something common — like a colour scheme — to bring everything together. But we say throw caution and interior decorating myths to the wind — if YOU like it, it will ‘go’.
3. Your furniture should all go against your walls.
Again, this was the way people tended to decorate in the past, but these days more houses have open plan living areas, so this can be impossible. Place your furniture in a way that works for you without being constricted by the walls around you. Create cosy little nooks, separate areas with a fabulous ‘floating’ sideboard and make walkways where you think it makes sense. Want to know more about interior decorating trends? Then check out our favourite decor trends for 2016.
4. Small rooms must be painted in a light colour.
Have you heard common interior decorating myths that anything dark will automatically look smaller? In fact, if done correctly, having a darker or richer colour on the wall will create warmth, dimension and texture… all positives in our book! Be smart with your furniture choices, add a mirror or two and bring in some super chic prints and décor items, and you’ll leave your room feeling cosy, trendy and oh-so glam.
5. Chairs should come in a set.
Once again, this is a rather old school line of thought… and it can be one of the more expensive interior decorating myths. Buying a complete dining room chair and table set can cost a fortune, but buying second hand chairs or revamping some inherited ones can cost next to nothing. More than this, it looks fab! Mix fabrics, textures, shapes or colours… or mix everything! And never forget what wonders a lick of paint can do!
6. Your scatter cushions should only be used in odd numbers.
We say, when it comes to scatters, the rules are… there are no rules! Whether you want to use 2 or 20, have them on your couch, chair, bed or floor, want the same size or a mix of sizes, you simply can’t go wrong. Scatter cushions should be seen as the perfect, easy way to accessorise a room and inject some fun, glamour and personality into it. Plus it’s one of the cheapest ways to decorate on a budget.