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19 interior design lies you've always believed!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We're not sure how 'rules' are born but when it comes to home design, some of the myths and fibs out there are just shocking. So much so that they might even be stopping you from trying out some seriously stylish ideas.

Well, we aren't going to sit on our designer sofas and let that slide any longer so compiled a list of some of the silliest interior design rules that we've heard. Be prepared to feel the urge to hit the DIY shop and reeducate  your decorator!

1. Don't drown out a hallway with a statement light—Rubbish, it's the perfect place for a chandelier!

2. Small rooms need to be white—No they don't, they can be funky!

Small room:  Walls by Madame Ant
Madame Ant

Small room

Madame Ant

3. A tiny room needs small furniture in it—Go as large as you like and make furniture a feature!

Leighton Bed:  Bedroom by Living It Up
Living It Up

Leighton Bed

Living It Up

4. You must follow all the rules in every room—Make up your own!

Queens Park House:  Living room by Honeybee Interiors
Honeybee Interiors

Queens Park House

Honeybee Interiors

5. Dark colours make rooms feel smaller—Not always, they can actually look super stylish!

Luxury Bathroom :  Bathroom by Studio Hooton
Studio Hooton

Luxury Bathroom

Studio Hooton

6. Ceilings should be pale to make the room feel taller—You wouldn't paint a stunning wooden ceiling, so this is hogwash!

7. Don't mix patterns—This is nonsense. Pattern clashing is super trendy at the moment!

Chequers Road:   by Pride Road
Pride Road

Chequers Road

Pride Road

8. Have just one focal point in a room—Why? If you have great taste, have lots of awesome focal points to look at!

Orford | A classic country kitchen with coastal inspiration:  Kitchen by Davonport

Orford | A classic country kitchen with coastal inspiration


9. Stick to one style throughout your home—Nope. Eclectic styling is some of the most daring and fun!

10. Your sofa is the most important thing in your living room—It's handy but not vital. What if you have a staggering coffee table in mind?

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia:  Living room by Campbell Watson
Campbell Watson

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia

Campbell Watson

11. You can't ever paint vintage furniture—Oh yes you can, it's called shabby chic and it's fabulous!

12. Dining chairs all have to match—Who said that? We love the mix and match approach!

 Living room by New Retro
New Retro

Венские стулья Тонет и стулья советской мебельной классики

New Retro

13. Kid's art belongs on the fridge—Get it framed and on the wall. What a way to celebrate your budding Picasso!

Framed Mexican embroidery pictures:  Artwork by Montes & Clark
Montes & Clark

Framed Mexican embroidery pictures

Montes & Clark

14. All white rooms are uninviting—Actually, they look warm, crisp and welcoming!

15. Don't go overboard with area rugs—Have as many as you like! Layer them up for even more funky aesthetics.

WovenGround Ambition round rug:  Walls & flooring by WovenGround

WovenGround Ambition round rug


16. Every room needs a colour pop—Noooo! If you like things monochrome and classic, feel free to avoid an extra statement colour

Devon&Devon Bath Couture 5:  Bathroom by Devon&Devon UK
Devon&Devon UK

Devon&Devon Bath Couture 5

Devon&Devon UK

17. It's function first in the bathroom—Every room should be seen as an opportunity to flex your creativity!

18. Home offices should be minimalist to maintain focus—If you work well surrounded by inspiration, colour and fun, include it all!

Inspiration:  Study/office by Korbo



19. All kitchens must have an island—Well, sometimes there isn't room and what if you prefer a dining table? No man is an island and your kitchen doesn't have to have one!

The Original British Standard Kitchen:  Kitchen by British Standard by Plain English
British Standard by Plain English

The Original British Standard Kitchen

British Standard by Plain English

For more myth busting, take a look at this Ideabook: Dark Colours In Small Rooms Really Can Work.

Does your home's décor disprove any of these myths?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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