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Decorating Rules You Should Break

When it comes to home decor, there are plenty of rules that you probably believe should never be broken. But why? We are starting to see lots of trends that break all of the classic decorating rules.

Always put a coffee table in front of the sofa.
You don’t have to limit yourself to a coffee table. An ottoman topped with a tray is the perfect place for drinks and also doubles as extra seating. We also love the look of a vintage trunk in front of the sofa for great hidden storage and a touch of character in your space.

Choose only one pattern to be the star of the room.
You can feature multiple fabulous patterns as long as you keep the color scheme and tones. Remember that odd numbers tend to look best, so start out with three different patterns in three different scales. Use large prints on large spaces like walls and area rugs, then small patterns for smaller accent pieces. When mixing your patterns, don’t forget that you can throw a solid in to soften the look and tie the patterns together.


Your ceilings must be white.
People rarely see the potential in their ceilings. Adding a unique color to your ceiling adds character and interest to your space. You also can paint the ceiling a slight variation of the wall color which adds depth and dimension to the room. If you want your room to feel bigger, add a lighter shade to the ceiling.


Don’t mix and match countertops.
Whether you’re mixing materials or colors, mismatching countertops is something you definitely should try. One of our favorite ways to mix and match countertops is to mix granite or marble with wood. The wood instantly adds some warmth and texture to your kitchen.


Use only one type of wood.
Western inspired decor consists of a lot of wood! Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of woods. The variety keeps your decor interesting and creates a layered look. You may need a rug if your wooden furniture is blending into your wood floors. Limit your wood-mixing to two or three tones to start, and try to balance them throughout the space for a harmonious look.


Chairs should always match.
There is no need for all of your chairs to perfectly match. When mismatching your furniture there are just a few things to keep in mind. Try to pair similar materials and designs together, this way the pieces will compliment each other.


Don’t mix metals.
For a long time, mixing metals was a major no-no. However, when done properly, a mixture of silver, gold, brass, bronze, or iron can work together and add visual interest to a space. Mixing metals is also a great way to achieve a look as if the objects have been collected over time. While you should choose a dominant metal, don’t let one metal tone dominate. You’ll get the most impact if you mix cool metals like silver with warm metals like gold or brass.

Your sofa is the centerpiece of the living room.
There is no reason that your living room has to have a big sofa as a centerpiece. You can get creative with seating by filling your space with some beautiful armchairs or other seating options. If you still want a sofa in your home, reserve a space in the family room.

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Don’t mix and match furniture styles.
Designer Vicente Wolf said, “If you layer a space with color, texture, and array of styles, your decor choices will have a much longer life.” If your decor is composed of pieces from different thematic looks, it create a timeless look.

While we think all of these rules can be broken in great ways, it is important to remember to decorate you home in a way that you love. Your home is your space and a place to reflect your personality and taste. Brumbaugh’s Fine Home Furnishings contains a huge selection of unique, one of a kind furniture for your home.

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