10 Decorating Rules You Should Actually Follow
The saying goes that you must first know the rules so you can break them. And though we love the irreverence of tossing that old rulebook out the window, there are some guidelines that simply make the task of decorating a space a little easier and more foolproof. It’s these rules, and only these rules, that we’re in the business of promoting! Below, straight from the top names in the design industry, is some tried-and-true wisdom you'll want to abide by. Commit these following 10 rules to memory, stat.
"Anytime you've got brick walls and they're keeping you from using the colour scheme you really want, kick that brackish brownish-red hell to the curb by painting the brick white. A lot of people are against this, and there are some rules to follow (if the interior or exterior surfaces are super historic and the brick is handmade, charming, and has tons of character, maybe keep it as-is), but if the brick is just contractor-grade hogwash, and it's forcing you to live in a marsala-toned nightmare, buh-bye brown brick." – Brian Patrick Flynn
“For me, the best interiors are always the ones where people have not followed any rules. Reach for what you love, and not what your best friend, or the latest design trend is telling you. That being said, there are rules about scale that will always apply. Once you get that right though you can then go ahead and break as many rules as you want.” – Nate Berkus
What do you think of these decorating rules? Are there any you’d add to the list? Tell us in the comments!