Following on from my post last week on common design mistakes that need to stop, this week I have decided to tackle the myths. The myths and statements you hear so often that make you believe that it is an absolute faux-pas to actually create. Well it is time to think again, here are my top ten design myths that were made to be broken.
DESIGN MYTH #1: DINING TABLES MUST MATCH
REALITY: This was once extremely un heard of, to think of mixing dining room chairs was thought to be un-classy and hippy like. This myth has definitely been busted by restaurants and hotel lobbys which are known to have started the mixing of chairs trend, but why not try it at home?
DESIGN MYTH #2: STICK TO ONE PATTERN IN A ROOM
REALITY: Remember my last post on printspiration? Well mixing patterns doesn’t have to look bad either. Stick to one color palette however to make the room seem more unified, but this design myth can almost definitely be broken, not everything has to go by the book!
DESIGN MYTH #3: DON’T MIX OLD AND NEW
REALITY: This myth is one of the worst in my book. Some of the most inspiring and beautiful spaces are when old victorian buildings for example are paired with modern pieces and furniture. The mixture of styles are what makes spaces like these become so beautiful.
DESIGN MYTH #4: DON’T MIX WOODS EITHER
REALITY: In theory, this myth can look a little wrong, but if your style is country and the home presents the atmosphere to create a very rustic and bohemian feel, mixing woods can actually turn out okay. If your home however does not have this characteristic, you can still mix woods subtly by slowly adding accessories which contemplate the wood features your house already has.
DESIGN MYTH #5: PERSONAL PHOTOS ARE CHEESY
REALITY: This is absolute nonsense. If you want to display those photos on your fireplace or even create an entire gallery wall dedicated to your family and friends then why shouldn’t you? It’s your house and you can do what you want. This photo here has even gone beyond that and created a mixture of art frames and displayed them right next to each other. Good on them!
DESIGN MYTH #6: ALL WHITE ROOMS ARE UNINVITING
REALITY: Okay so all-white rooms are not ideal for a family with kids and pets, but all white rooms are never uninviting. Despite there being no color, rooms decked out in white are cosy, serene and not to mention the fact that daylight practically streams through your space without the need for large windows. All white rooms are especially great for open plan spaces where the flow is just never ending.
DESIGN MYTH #7: COUCHES SHOULD FACE THE TELEVISION
REALITY: Practically speaking yes, couches should face the TV to avoid neck ache, but these days the television is used less often and frequently than our smartphones and tablets, couches facing each other can engage people in conversation and can actually make the room look bigger believe it or not.
DESIGN MYTH #8: EVERYTHING MUST BE HIDDEN AWAY IN STORAGE OR BEHIND DOORS
REALITY: Putting your items on display adds character and a sense of home to the space. When you see your items, it can bring joy and nostalgia and are a great talking piece for guests. If you are after a more minimalistic approach to life then go ahead and hide your clutter but a few pieces here and there on display doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
DESIGN MYTH #9: HIDE OLD ARCHITECTURE OR REMOVE IT ENTIRELY
REALITY: If you are the proud owner of a space within an old building with old architectural elements then lucky you! Spaces like these have so much to offer and showcasing these elements are what will tie the room together.
DESIGN MYTH #10: NO RUGS ON CARPET FLOORING
REALITY: This in fact has no valid reasoning whatsoever. Carpet flooring must be treated as general flooring. Adding a rug will not cause the room to heat up even more but will in fact break the tendency carpet has to look a little outdated. This perfect example also changes the texture of the carpet which looks ever so stylish.