As a full time professional wrangler of four children, my mom had to set rules of the house for our safety and more importantly for her own sanity — things like, “no throwing objects in the house,” and “no pet bugs allowed inside.” With the advent of Mother’s Day, I took time to reflect and came up with a few rules that were meant to be broken – at least when it comes to home decor.
Here are a few design “rules of the roost” that I feel can be tossed out (Sorry, mom!):
Rule 1: “Don’t buy white.”
My mom never let me wear white clothing (save for holidays) because 20 minutes later it would have Popsicle and food stains all over it. When it comes to decorating, however, white on white fabrics and patterns can be clean, elegant, and modern. A perfect neutral for seasonal accent pillows, white can be an interior designer’s dream.
Today’s advanced fibers allow for eggshell colored furniture that is stain resistant, so you’ll no longer have to worry about ruining an investment piece of white furniture with a glass of merlot (but keep this in your arsenal just in case).
Rule 2: “Put it away.”
I understand the saying “A place for everything and everything in its place,” and I’m not saying that it needs to be discarded; I’m just asking you to give styled bookcases and coffee tables a chance.
Organized clutter can create a lived in vibe, and you don’t want your house to feel cold and sterile –you LIVE in it, after all. Opening up kitchen cabinets to embrace the idea that items are “put away” but on display still allows for you to showcase your favorite serving dishes. You might call it “visual clutter”– I call it “art.”
Rule 3: “Hard floors need rugs.”
To be totally honest, this is probably the rule my mother created to keep her clumsiest child (again, me) from hitting my head on a hard floor. It makes sense that a rug serves as a buffer between your precious little ones and hard wood or stone tile, but with herringbone floors this beautiful, you shouldn’t cover them up!
While rugs can anchor a space, sometimes it’s OK if the intricacy of tile or the character of wood floors take center stage.
That’s it! These are my mother’s home decor rules that I feel can be bent a little now that I’m all grown up (for the most part). What home decor rules do you have that were meant to be broken?