Perhaps as a consequence of reading too many home decor blogs, or maybe because of the perceived wisdom of your friends and family, there may be some home decor myths that you have taken to heart during your efforts to create a functional and well-designed household. While it is perfectly reasonable to seek the opinion of others, you don’t have to take everything as the gospel truth.
At the end of the day, your home is yours to do what you want with. You don’t have to follow every home decor rule you see listed online, and you don’t have to believe everything you hear. In this article, we discuss a few misconceptions that you may have become prone too when it comes to home ‘rules’. Read them, heed them, and when you’re next thinking about decorating your home, consider going against conventional wisdom if you need or want to.
Myth 1: A modern house needs modernised decor
Now, when it comes to adding value to your home, it’s probably right to decorate an old farmhouse with traditional decor and a modern house with something a little more up-to-date. It’s a way to appeal to the home buyer who might expect a certain style when they enter your home. However, if you’re living in a fairly modern build, perhaps in the middle of an up-and-coming neighbourhood, you don’t need to subscribe to the notion that your decor and furnishings need to be modernised. If you aren’t planning to sell your home, you can decorate your house as you see fit. And besides, at the moment, retro and Mid-Century furniture is on trend, so if you have a heart for all things past, you aren’t breaking any modern trends if you fill your home with vintage sideboards and 80’s patterns.
Myth 2: You shouldn't mix patterns
It is assumed that a mix of patterns in a room will diminish a room’s visual appeal and create too many stark contrasts, but this doesn’t have to be the case. There is no reason why a mix of geometrical styles can’t sit well together, providing they adhere to your chosen colour palette. Whether you’re working with beige and pinks, blues and greys, or yellows and whites, work with a variety of patterns and fabrics in your home and play around with your ideas until you are happy with your decorating scheme. Check out these ideas on how to mix up patterns in your decor for inspiration.
Myth 3: Art should be hung on a wall
When you buy a piece of art, where do you instinctively put it? We are guessing you hang it on the wall. And that’s fine, we aren’t stopping you, but there are other places to put your paintings, and they don’t have to be hung by a nail. You could prop a large painting against a wall, for example. Or you could rest it on your mantelpiece. And you could even place a painting on a shelf inside your bookcase, or within a paned cabinet. Oh, and if you have inherited something ugly from a distant relative, you could find a place for it under your sofa, or a box in the attic, or anywhere out of sight. So, for paintings good and bad, your options really are limitless.
Myth 4: Your ceilings should be white
Look up now and consider your ceiling. Compared to the rest of your room, is it a little boring? If it’s coloured white and the rest of your room has a better variety of colour, then your answer might be yes. You see, your ceiling doesn’t have to be white; in fact, it can be distracting if there are no other whites in the room, and it might not fit well with your overall colour scheme. Instead, consider giving your ceiling a makeover so that it better matches your home’s decor. Take a look at these painted ceilings for some useful ideas, and consider following suit if any rooms in your home would benefit from something slightly against the norm.
Myth 5: You shouldn't buy nice furniture if you have kids
Yes, you should probably avoid spending a fortune on furniture if you have kids in the house, but you shouldn’t skimp on quality in fear that your children will go crazy with a wax crayon or spill their juice all over you lovely new sofa. The key here is to choose pieces of furniture that are stain-resistant and to position them in areas of the house where your children are less likely to do any damage. You might also buy protective coverings for your chairs and sofas, such as blankets and throws, that can easily be cleaned should your children (or pets) accidentally cause a spill.