Avoiding Top 5 Design Cliches

October 11, 2020 2 min read

Like in fashion, how you decorate your home reflects your personality. It's very subjective. You can decorate anyway you like  - just like with your clothes. But remember, active wear doesn't count as street clothes ;-)

When outfitting a space some rules of thumb are worth paying attention to while others are simply begging to be broken. Here are some old fashioned decor clichés to ignore and some ideas of how to change it up in your space.

1. MATCHING FURNITURE SETS
Avoid this if you want a visually interesting home. Take a look in any home magazine and you will notice that there are no matching furniture sets. Select pieces that complement each other. It is much more interesting to mix materials and styles to create an interesting and balanced interior.
 
2. WHITE WALLS
It's a colourful world out there. The colour of your wall makes the most impact of any design element. If you want to be timeless, stick with a neutral tone. You will be amazed how different your house will look with colour on the walls.
 
3. PAINTED ACCENT WALLS
Accent wall colours are a simple and cost effective way to change a look but don't get carried away as many did in the 1990's. Try using a chic wall paper to create drama. Remember, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

 
4. ALL WHITE BEDDING
The hotel look has been used for too long now. There are so many options today to choose from. Try having fun mixing coordinated colours and materials to create an oasis.
 
5. MATCHING METALS
Just like the rule of matching furniture, you don't need to match all the metals in your home. It's good to mix it up to make a design pop. Remember to pair neutral hues like black and stainless steel with strong hues like brass or rose gold.

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