Breaking interior design myths

Sticking to the rules is so limiting sometimes isn’t it?! It can stifle creativity and progression. Now don’t get me wrong; a strong foundation and understanding of the guidelines should be learnt… even if it’s just to know when to break them! Here are some examples…

Myth 1. Keep Wall Colours Light to Make a Room Feel Bigger

NOT NECESSARILY! Often, it’s about using colour variations in certain areas (whether subtle or bold) to create a BIGGER impression.

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Myth 2. Keep Furniture Against the Walls to Make the Room Feel Bigger

BORING! Sometimes, ‘zoning’ different areas within the room can make it feel far bigger and FAR more interesting. Alan Titchmarsh has been talking about this in his garden designs for years. The same goes for interiors too.

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Myth 3. Use Smaller Furniture and Items to Make a Room Feel Bigger

Small items do not necessarily make a room feel bigger. There are 2 things I never like to compromise on, regardless of room size: Large table lamps and large mirrors – Everything else in negotiable! If you only have small pictures, group them in such a way that it accentuates the ceiling height or the overall wall size.

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