Debunking the Biggest Myths in Interior Design

Many of us get ‘stuck’ when it comes to interior design. We can flick through a magazine and point out the images we love, but when it comes to putting brush to wall, we’re paralysed by the myriad conflicting views of all of the experienced interior designers that have come before us.

Take a deep breath; relax. We’re here to help you move forward with your interior design desires by debunking some of the biggest myths around, allowing you to progress with your own dreams and designs.

  1. Everything should be ‘matching’

There’s a compulsion for people to religiously follow one style or colour scheme, making sure accessories are the same shade of turquoise and matching the carpet to the curtains. While some harmony between elements helps tie a room together, too much matching can actually make the room rather twee and tacky. Don’t be limited by this rule; embrace the eclectic, choose what looks and feels right, and stand by your choices confidently.

  1. Smaller rooms must be painted in white or near-white colours

If you’re desperate to make your small room appear larger, than yes, a lighter colour may help you achieve that, But in fact, furniture placement and choice is now considered more important to the finished result of a smaller space than the colour of the walls. Dark colours are ‘in’, with mossy greens, slate-like blues and torpid greys stepping into their own, and you don’t have to be excluded from them because your spaces are small. Choose some light or bright furniture or accessories to lift the colour scheme, don’t over clutter, and you’ll end up with a stylish, comfy, welcoming room. Who said bigger was necessarily better, anyway?

  1. Never mix pattern and print

Again, this rule is outdated and runs counter to many of today’s top interior designers’ visions. You can absolutely mix pattern and print, making sure that other elements are harmonious rather than contrasting to stop the space becoming chaotic. You can give the effect of fun, funky, riotous colour and the height of style by breaking this rule.

  1. Avoid minimalist or neutral styles if you want the space to be welcoming

Minimalist interior design has really come into its own in the last decade or so. People are realising that there is a cleanness and satisfying sense of peace in spaces that aren’t too busy. This doesn’t mean that the space has to be cold and stark; often the contrary is true, with the empty spaces contrasting with well-chosen features to create a sense of harmony and tranquillity that attracts the comfort-loving person, not repels them.

  1. You must follow the rules

Whenever you set off on the journey of renovation, decoration, or interior design, remember this: there are no rules. Chances are, if you’re decorating a space, then it’s yours to do with what you wish. Plan what you want the space to look like, and then work towards that plan. Don’t be put off by arbitrary rules about what you can and can’t do. Explore your tastes, look around for some examples that you love, and dive in. Forget the rules!