7 Decorating Myths Busted!

Think You Know All the Rules? Think Again!

Decorating Rules That Aren't Actually True
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Forget what you thought you knew about decorating rules. We're busting 7 of the most common decorating myths.

Ceilings Must Be White

White has always been the go-to color for ceilings, and that’s all well and good. It’s a clean, simple look that usually creates a sense of lightness above, making the room appear taller. But white is not the only option. Bright colors, patterns, accessories - they're all terrific options for ceilings when done properly. Check out these 9 creative ideas for painting ceilings for some interesting ideas.

Small Rooms Shouldn’t Be Painted Dark Colors

How many times have you heard that small rooms should be painted light colors? This is the usual advice for creating a sense of space in small rooms, but that doesn't mean it's always the right answer. Sometimes small rooms can greatly benefit from dark or bold colors. Not only can they be incredibly cozy, but deep colors can be rich and dramatic, thus giving a small room a much bigger presence than it might otherwise have. If you're a little hesitant check out this article about how to decorate with dark colors.

Neutrals Are Always Safe

Contrary to popular belief, neutrals are not always safe. When not done properly, neutrals can be bland and boring - and the worst thing a room can be is bland and boring. If you choose to decorate with neutral colors make sure to address tone, texture, depth and shape. If you fail to address these issues you'll have a dangerously boring room.

Wood Finishes Should Match

Somewhere along the way it became a popular belief that all the wood finishes in a room should match with each other. This couldn't be further from the truth. Mixing woods creates a sense of depth and interest in any space. Just make sure that the colors complement each other. For example, woods with red tones don't go very well with woods that have orange tones. Like with any other decorating elements, they need to complement each other.

Small Rooms Need Small Furniture

One of the biggest mistakes people make in small rooms is trying to squeeze in too many small pieces of furniture. Instead, it’s far better to accept the limitations of the space and use fewer pieces, but keep them average-sized. Cramming in too many pieces makes a small room look even smaller.

Trim Should Always Be White

If you want to shake things up a bit paint your trim a color other than white. For a really sophisticated look try a glossy black, and for a fun and youthful look try something bold like bright red. Just be sure the color complements your wall color.

Only Use 3 Patterns Per Room

Using three patterns per room (one small, one med, one large) is a great rule of thumb, but it's not the only option. For the more adventurous types out there, go wild and use however many you think your room can handle. Just break them up with solids so the eye has a place to rest, and distribute them evenly throughout the room. When it comes to decorating with patterns it's all about trusting your own eye.