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Rebel Décor - Break the Rules With Style

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Published February 21st 2017

Décor ideas are not set in stone, and sometimes they are not even worth the paper they're written on. Besides, decorating can be really stressful when you're committed to following every rule there is. Creativity abhors rigid boundaries, so let your taste and preferences dictate the process. Think outside the box: Ditch the go-to décor manuals, trust your intuition, and unleash that inner designer onto the living space.

Colour me surprised
You often hear that white walls create a sense of spaciousness. That may be true, but it is also the reason why so many small rooms look the same. Thus, feel free to go for darker hues. They highlight architectural features and complement other design elements.

Dramatic blue, for instance, is a nice contrast to dark wooden furniture, much better than plain white. Go an extra mile by choosing paints with a glossy or silk finish, and give your walls a reflective quality. Finally, there is also no need to keep the ceiling white or in the same colour as the walls.

Declaration of neutrality
On the other hand, a monochromatic, neutral room can look amazing as well. Do not impose splashes of colour and accents on it just because you read somewhere that refreshing is a must.

Additionally, it's not like a colour palette inhibits your creativity. You still have a plenty to play and work with: Shapes, textures, and patterns. Varying styles give rise to interesting visual interplay, and multiple textures facilitate a sense of movement. You can layer with rugs, for example. While at it, break a one-rug-per-room rule because forward-thinking designers have already done that.

All that jazz
Minimalistic style is all the rage, yet people often end up with spaces that resemble sterile hotel rooms rather than alluring homes. You should not hesitate to inject some character into your room. There is a beauty in the imperfect, and boredom in being hyper-organized.

Display your souvenirs, collectables, figurines and other personal items. Disrupt the dominance of a single style with décor elements of other design schools to spice up a room. Just note that that grouping accessories together is a good idea in case they are in different colours.

Material combos
Mixing materials is a big no in the realm of fashion, but it is far from a hard rule in design. In fact, do not get locked into one thematic look or time period. Wood might be a no-brainer in most homes, but bronze, silver, copper, and brass work well together, and also with other natural materials.

Match contemporary bedside tables with traditional ottomans and a faux bamboo bed. Moreover, you also do not need to own chairs from the same matching set. Consistency comes through your style, but drama and visual appeal do not come easy for those who just play it safe.

Walls that speak
Moderation is making way for whimsical patterns and shapes. So, if you mean to shake things up a bit, you can also mix and match them. Furthermore, I have seen some great examples of statement wallpapers with a zigzag pattern or arrangements of framed photos.

Or, you could take a bold approach and put together a dramatic wall treatment with tiles. They add unexpected texture in your environment and make a great feature wall. Again, don't be afraid to opt for darker tones and create a stunning backdrop for your pieces of furniture and artwork.

Rebel with a cause
Adhering to the rules can be helpful, but it is not a be-all and end-all of design. What's more, conventional wisdom is often outdated, or it simply stands in the way of your dream home.

Therefore, do not shy away from mixing and matching styles, eras, and designs and layering with colours, textures, and materials. Infuse your space with some rebellious spirit, make it distinctive and inviting, a reflection of your sensibilities and persona.
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