Most Commonly Known Interior Design Myths


People think there are certain rules to designing a house, but there really isn’t. Styles come and go in design and nothing stays the same. We are constantly finding out new design ideas and concepts, and coming up with new things everyday.

There are no “rules” when it comes to designing your house, because each house is different. Not one house looks like the other, even if more than one house is done by the same person. Each house has its own identity and its own uniqueness. Any design can be an exception to a design rule, and that’s okay. People want something new and different everyday, and if you need to break some rules to achieve that, then so be it.

Here are some myths people think about in interior design and why they are not true:

1. You must follow all the “rules”

There should never be a set of rules for designing a house. When decorating your home, you need to best represent your personal taste and style, and you can’t achieve that if you don’t bend the rules a little. Focus on what you like and what you want for your space. Your favorite style, colors, accessories, artwork, etc. Your home should be a reflection of your own tastes and passions, not those of someone else.

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2. Don’t mix patterns and prints

If you like patterns, put patterns in your furniture. It’s that simple. There’s no better way to add color and texture into your space than by adding various patterns together if that’s what you like. Yes, it is possible for stripes, florals and plaids to all be together in one room. Never be afraid to add your personality into your space and show everyone the type of person you are through your furniture. But, in order to not over do your patterns, you will need to stick one or two colors. Whether you’re working with blue and grey, pink and green or black and white, you absolutely can mix fabrics and patterns. Texture and personality are key to creating a lush space, so don’t lose that.

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3. Stick to one style

No matter how hard you try, sticking to one style will not work, especially if you like more than one style of design. A person can’t like and do one thing only, we are very versatile and like many things; therefore, why shouldn’t our homes be the same? To say that you need to stick to one style would be like saying that all your furniture should be from IKEA, or should be antique. There is nothing wrong with having a Japanese sculpture beautifully next to an antique, classical French table. Or living in a modern house but having an extensive antique collection.Merging various styles gives your home a nice twist and is perhaps the best way to incorporate your sense of style and self, and make your house much more interesting and unique – more you.

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4. The most important piece of furniture is your couch

Every piece of furniture is important, and every piece is essential in continuing a room. However, it’s true we have focal points in our spaces, whether it is the dining table, a couch, or a lamb that we really like, but it’s not necessarily the couch all the time. It all depends on your home and your lifestyle. Now, because the couch is usually a focal point in a room, you will want to get something that is aesthetically pleasing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is the most important piece in the room.

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5. Small rooms must be white or neutral, and must have small furniture

The size and scale of a room have nothing to do with wall color and more to do with furniture scale and placement. The color all depends on the feel you want to achieve in your room. Sometimes white and neutral colors make a small room feel bigger. Sometimes one wants to keep a small room feeling small, creating a space that feels warm, inviting, cozy and intimate. There is nothing wrong with a small room that is welcoming and comfortable. The addition of color to walls, in bedding, or in accessories will greatly warm up your small space. Instead of filling the room with several pieces of small furniture, one or two larger pieces will make the room appear bigger. Where space is limited think in terms of style and function. Decide how you want to divide your space and what kind of feel you want to create.

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6. You have to paint your ceiling white to open up the room

While it is true that white reflects light better than any other color, it doesn’t mean that you have to only use white on your ceilings. In fact, adding color to your ceiling can draw the eye upward and make your room feel and appear larger. Ceiling design is getting much more demanding nowadays, and designers are focusing on designing ceilings and making them just as unique and beautiful as the room they’re above.

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7. All-white rooms are stark and uninviting

A white space is what you make of it. If you want keep it simple, you can, if you want to spice it up, you can too. White is probably one of the most flexible colors to deal with in design. The way you treat it all depends in the kind of person you are and what you like. White can often feel cold and uninviting if you don’t layer it with creams, off-whites or other warm finishes. Instead of staying away from white in your kitchen, use it in your counter-tops, tiles, and cabinet selections and pair it  with stainless steel, warm wood floors, and textiles that will bring warmth to your white kitchen. There are many shades of white, so if you want a white room be sure to use several shades of white to add depth and warmth to your space. Ivory colored walls, linen couches topped with off-white pillows can evoke a sense of calmness. White doesn’t have to feel lifeless and cold. Make it more interesting by adding you own touches to it.

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8. Every room should be a different color to show individuality

As I mentioned in my previous blog, a house is one unit. Individuality in rooms doesn’t have to be as dramatic as finding an entirely different color to each room. Try choosing one main color for your home and painting different shades of it in different rooms, or choosing a similar palette of colors for the entire home at one time will help rooms flow together visually and won’t feel so crazy and out of place.

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9. Children’s bedrooms should only be primary kids’ color schemes

The children’s room is probably the most interesting room in the house for choosing colors. Primary colors of red, yellow and blue are used in many children’s rooms but we forget that there are hundreds of other colors to choose from. Consider using different shades of their favorite colors throughout their bedding, wall treatments and decor to liven up the usual youth room and create a room that is more them.

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10. Neutral colors are for the unadventurous

Yes, neutral colors are the safest colors in design, but that doesn’t mean they’re the least adventurous. There is a huge list of things to do with neutral colors, probably more than any other color, and that makes neutral colors much more interesting and daring. People often think that if they can’t choose the right color for their home, they would settle for a neutral color because its the safest and easiest choice. That is wrong. Neutrals don’t just mean white and beige and black. There is a huge collection when it comes to neutral colors. From warm gold, to rich camel browns, to buttery cream colors, neutrals can be anything but boring. Combine them with black, grey, and chocolate brown to put a new twist on boring neutral colors and it make your space much more alive and beautiful.

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