A Rebel's Guide:
Learn how to break the unwritten rules of styling and design by undecorating your way to an unforgettable home.
1. Taste the rainbowWhether it’s by pairing unconventional shades or going big on one show-stopping hue, designers know that a guaranteed way to imbue a home with character is through the fearless use of color. Its emotional power can almost instantly evoke any desired feeling – from energized to elegant, pensive to pampered. Sound appealing? Time to push yourself outside the neutrals safety zone.
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2. Shake up aesthetics
Although there are many different décor aesthetics to choose from, most homes tend to select a single path at best. Professionals, conversely, are unafraid to merge time and place knowing décor elements have potentially three characteristics to unify when curating a room – shape, color and material. This trick allows, for example, mid-century modern to sit beautifully next to French traditional or Bohemian glam alongside chinoiserie style. Identify the parallels across aesthetics and, in no time, you’ll be mixing up delicious décor cocktails with ease.
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3. Get pattern happy
From walls to furnishings to floors, patterns are yet another joy-inducing standby true undecorators relish the opportunity to infuse liberally into a home. The key to getting pattern mixology right? Deciding a color palette in advance to help keep a room looking cohesive rather than chaotic. From there, if patterns make your heart happy, layer away with stripes, florals, graphic shapes, and beyond. And remember, soft surfaces, wallpapers, and fabrics aren’t your only way in. Creative shape and flow can be achieved through elements like mosaic tiles, floor planks, carpeting, and wall molding.
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It seems yet another unwritten rule is that ceilings and floors serve only the function of grounding elements, not centerpieces. It’s quite rare in most homes to find anything more exciting above your head than a light fixture or below your feet than a basic rug. Those willing to write their own rules, however, embrace these surfaces as palettes yielding distinctive spaces rich with warmth.
Don’t be fooled, even hardwood and wood-look vinyl flooring are an opportunity for a little rebellion. Who says monotonous grain is the only way to go!? Undecorators, look to high variation flooring for a natural feel but with a dramatic visual.
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5. Pace the process
Lastly, the balancing act of old-meets-new commonly separates the Pros from the amateurs – and comes down to patience. Of course, it’s much easier to furnish and decorate a space all at once and through one locale. This paint-by-numbers approach, however, is a tell-tale sign of those not yet comfortable with their undecorating skills. Resist the urge to buy all new, allow time for your home to come together, and it will help ensure it reflects you and not just a showroom floor.
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Undecorating is really just the art of following your heart more than just the rules for your home. Trust your inner undecorator toward the uncommon and the unexpected, and you’ll be sure to create the unforgettable.