Old School Decorating Rules That Are Actually NBD (With Photos to Prove It)

Sometimes it’s just the thing that makes a room really, really great.. “Stick to Neutrals with a Pop of Color” — This is one way to hedge your decorating bets, and — as a result — can dilute any vision you might have for your space. But I defy anyone to find a household that doesn’t have at least one errant chair somewhere, languishing on its own and looking good while doing it. “Never Place a Single Chair On Its Own” — Who knows why this rule exists. (Image credits: Jennifer Little ; Ann Manubay Dabney Frake; Alexis Buryk; Blissful Blog; Rebecca Bond; Julia Brenner) It’s one thing to merely occupy, and it’s an entirely different thing to make it your own. Dining room tables can be populated by a fleet of chair orphans. If the Decorating Fairy waved a magic wand over your head and said “I hereby grant you [insert name here] the ability to ignore all the decorating advice you’ve heard your entire life,” these are the rules she would question, without fail. And your dresser need not match the headboard. “All Your Furniture Should Match” — At one point you bought everything the stores told you to, but now you have the confidence to pick and choose what you like and don’t like, or need and don’t need. “Ceilings Should Be White” — The ceiling is a huge swath of real estate in a room, yet its design is often overlooked as a conscious design choice.

Updated: 05.12.2014 — 00:53