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. However here are some interior design myths that should just be ignored.

I have used images from a recent project of mine as examples. I was asked to update the reception area with client comfort in mind, and increase its seating capacity.

To Make a Space Feel Bigger one must….
1. Keep Wall Colours Light

WRONG! Often, it’s about using colour variations in certain areas (whether subtle or bold) to create a BIGGER impression.

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2. Keep Furniture Against the Walls

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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3. Use Smaller Furniture and Items

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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 All images: catrionaarcher.com