There’s an ice cream shop in my neighborhood that serves flavors like olive and goat cheese, smoked bone broth, and avocado and strawberry. Unusual, right? Except this place is the most popular one around. I’ve never seen it without a line out the door.
The same should be true when it comes to decorating your home. Just because most people do it one way doesn’t mean you can’t do it another way.
When you step outside the “rules” to make something amazing, no one will care that every pillow on your couch has a different floral print. If it’s fabulous, it’s fabulous.
Here are some ways you can step outside the norm.
1. Mix those patterns.
If you love both of them, then find a way to incorporate both of them! There’s an idea that a room should include a big pattern, a medium pattern, and a small pattern. That’s not *bad* advice, but it’s also not an end-all solution. Follow your instinct, and use as many patterns as you want.
- Go wild on either the patterns or the color scheme, but not both
- Spread the patterns around the room. Start with the couch or the bed, then don’t forget about curtains, rugs, table coverings, accessories…
2. There’s nothing wrong with going completely neutral.
Some design sites say every room needs at least one color. But we’ve all seen those Scandinavian Instagram photos that look like white squares at first glance…and close up they look amazing.
3. Gold and silver can be friends.
For some reason, everyone seems to think you can only use one or the other. But they’re both shiny, and they actually complement each other.
Mix up the silver and gold picture frames. Hang a silver chandelier over the gold vase on your dining room table. Use silver accents in your warm yellow living room. And don’t forget, rose gold is a thing too 😉
4. Your dining room chairs don’t have to match.
In fact, they often don’t in the most beautiful rooms I’ve seen. Yes, dining room sets are sold together. However, chairs are also sold individually.
A formal dining room might have big armchairs at both ends of the table. A casual kitchen nook might have a bench and two funky chairs. A cottage chic home might have four chairs made of the same wood in different styles.
Have you been wanting to do something bold but something’s holding you back? Perhaps you’re not sure if it’ll end up looking as great as your imagination?
Decorator can help you visualize your room before you paint that wall or buy that crazy chandelier. Give it a virtual shot before you do the real thing 🙂