‘Don’t Wear White After Labour Day’ and Other Rules to be Broken

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We hope you all had a lovely long weekend. I’m sure you’ve heard the silly rule that you’re not supposed to wear white after Labour Day? Well, we thought that we would share some more rules that OK to break:

  1. Art should be hung at eye-level. We think that the artwork you hang in your house is supposed to make you happy. Art doesn’t necessarily need to hung at eye level to work well in a space. Take your surroundings into account (mouldings, furniture height, windows) and follow your instincts.
  2. Dining room chairs and table need to be a set. We love the contrast of pairing a different style of chairs with a dining table. This is a great way to keep your dining room from looking too formal, or too matchy, if you will.
  3. Your lamps need to match. We don’t think this is always true. If you have two lamps you love, there’s no need for them to match. Instead, pair them with two of the same night tables or end tables to add a bit of symmetry to your room.
  4. Small rooms need neutral colours. You should use colours that make you happy. Many people are afraid to use colour in a small space out of fear that the space will seem even smaller, but this is not necessarily true. A small space is a great place to create a statement wall, incorporate a cozy and rich colour, or play with pops of colour in furniture.
  5. Your room needs a theme. Yes, we all want our decorating projects to look like they are the product of a cohesive plan. But, no one wants their room to look like they were all created at once, or purchased at once. A well-curated space will feel more individual. There’s no need for everything to match. Play with different fabrics, metals, textures and sizes. Is your room feeling a little bit out of hand? You can easily tie the project together with a colour scheme.

We think it’s great to follow trends and adhere to design rules – but only if you like them. However, decorating your home should ultimately be about adding pieces and arranging them in a way that makes you happy.

We want to know, which design rules do you think are meant to be broken?

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