Out With Old: Six Outdated Home Décor “Rules” To Break In 2019

Ready to try something adventurous and flex a few newfound creative muscles in 2019? Start with your Colorado home interiors. When it comes to home décor in Loveland and really anywhere else, many of us have certain “rules” that while we may not know where they came from, we still somehow believe they must be followed. Whether it’s the layout of the room, the color on the walls, or the way we mix and match textures. Most of us have at least a few preconceived notions on exactly how things should be done for a final design that checks off every box in our imaginary list.

New Year, New You, New Interior Design Strategies

Perhaps 2019 is the year when you decide to break some of these rules. Be brave, be bold, and resolve to kick off your year by saying goodbye to some of these outdated interior designs philosophies that deserve to be left back in 2018 where they belong.

Click here to find interior trends that no longer matter in 2019 and trends that will stay.

Rule #1: You Can’t Use Dark Colors in Small Spaces

Many people assume that using deep or dark colors in smaller living spaces will instantly make the room feel even tighter. This is not always the case. Painting your walls in a dark shade can actually give the illusion of a more spacious area. Bright, lighter colors make it easy to pinpoint the exact dimensions of the room. However, a darker color tends to recede into the background and blur the room’s actual size and definition.

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Rule #2: Ceilings Must Be White

When it comes to choosing a ceiling shade, many people assume that it can be any color they want…as long as it’s white. This is also not the case. Yes, a white ceiling can complement the lighting in the space to make a room look and feel brighter; but choosing a ceiling tone that’s just a few shades lighter than the walls softens the blunt transition between each feature, instantly making the room seem larger. Feeling extra daring in 2019? Forego the paint and opt instead for patterned wallpaper that can serve as a focal point in an otherwise ho-hum interior design.

Rule #3: There’s a Such Thing as The “Right” Rug Size

We’ve all spent far too much time in search of the perfect-sized rug – one that allows all the front legs of our chairs and couches to rest on its edge. Make 2019 the year you not only throw away the rules but the year you also throw away the ruler. If you happen to find a smaller, gorgeous rug at a price that can’t be beat, go for it. Experiment with the furniture placement in the space; you just may be surprised at how well a smaller rug works in the room if you know how to arrange furniture around them. 

Rule #4: Separate Your Patterns

Most of us have been taught that mixing and matching prints and patterns is a major interior design no-no – but that way of thinking is officially so last year. This year, have fun combining two (or more) patterns. Start by choosing a dominant print to serve as the focal point in the space. Next, find other items with different patterns in complementing colors. Accent pillows, throw blankets, curtains, and other furnishings can all be used to complete your designs final look. 

Rule #5: Keep Furnishings To a Minimum

Our first instinct is to take a minimalist approach with the furniture in our smaller rooms and living spaces. However, only using petite pieces can draw attention to just how tiny a room really is. While overstuffing an area can make it feel cluttered, strategically using just a few larger pieces can balance a room and instantly give visual dimension to the living space.

Rule #6: All Woods Must Match

Tired of working to match all of the woods throughout your home interiors? Make 2019 the year you stop trying. Instead of going for a match, find wood fixtures and accents in tones that add contrast throughout the room. Combine lighter floors with darker furniture or light wood tones with a darker floor for visual depth and balance.

What interior design “rules” do you tend to break in your home décor?