5 Home Improvement Rules You Should Be Breaking

5 Home Improvement Rules You Should Be Breaking

Whether you have recently moved into your new home or have lived in the same house for years, home improvement is one area where you can give full scope to your artistic leanings. Many unwritten home décor rules can be broken with impunity just to satisfy these leanings. And if decorating your home is a major passion for you, then you can make yourself the proud owner of a most unusual home by letting your artistic side run wild!

Here are five basic rules for home improvement that you can probably reap much enjoyment from breaking!


1) Everything Must Match

One thing worse than clashing patterns is overly matching every item. Mixing and matching creates exciting contrast, especially when you are “dressing up” your home.

This is one rule that’s meant to be broken — not only with regard to your furnishings, draperies, carpets, rugs, and wallpaper; but even with your furniture. Colors and patterns don’t necessarily have to match; they just have to co-ordinate effectively. Plaid may go just as effectively with floral patterns as with plain. All you must ensure is that they share a common color.

If you want visitors to be impressed with your floors, you can create a striking design by covering your living room floor with layers of multiple rugs of varying sizes and coordinating colors, one on top of the other. Similar use of rugs in the dining area and in the bedrooms can help create an intimate atmosphere.

Instead of settling for a matching sofa set and settee with matching upholstery, rearrange the furniture, interspersing them with those antique chairs you picked up at a household auction. Although convention dictates that your bedroom should be decorated in soft, soothing hues and designs that promote relaxation, if you are the type that loves bolder patterns and colors, the use of these in certain areas of the bedroom can do wonders for your wellbeing.


2) Ceilings Should Be White

Ceilings really don’t have to be white, although that’s the norm. A room with a colored ceiling adds interest to the room, especially if it harmonizes with the walls and is either a shade or two lighter or darker than the walls. Alternatively, a unique idea is to wallpaper the ceiling to fit in with rest of the room’s décor.

For a really small room, like a kitchen, to make color work, painting the walls and ceilings the same color so your eye doesn’t stop at the ceiling line makes the room appear larger than it really is.


3) Traditional Art vs. Creating Your Own

“You can create your own artwork, which will give your home a distinct character.”

You do not need to have expensive paintings with a famous signature adorning your walls. More so, art is not restricted to what you hang on the walls. You can create your own artwork, which will give your home a distinct character. Converting family treasures like antique crockery or photo frames into wall hangings and centerpieces make for an interesting look.

You can even use wallpaper to decorate certain portions of furniture, like a headboard or drawer fronts of a cabinet, for added impact. If you have any small spare place, like the top of an antique desk, you can create a “visual destination” or a pleasing arrangement of interesting objects on it to attract attention.


4) Unusual Bathrooms with Themed Designs

There is really no right or wrong way of accessorizing, so exercise your creativity while adding personal touches to one of the most visited rooms in the house, the bathroom. Think outside the box and formulate your own personal designs reflecting themes like the seaside — including seashells, seaside art, and seashells. Floral themes in vibrant colors are ideas that can be used on wallpaper, borders, tiles, curtains, soap dishes, and mats. (And while you’re at it, be sure to get rid of those common bathroom odors and reclaim the room as your own.)

You can work with design themes that are budget-friendly. The fun lies in searching for accessories that please you, adding as you go. It does not have to be a finished product, as it is more of a fun project where almost anything goes.


5) Bigger Can Be Better, But Not Always

“Big is better” can be valid not only for furniture but also in respect of draperies and window fittings. While small furniture is more convenient in smaller spaces, it is not always comfortable. Consider fewer but larger pieces of furniture so that the room feels roomier! Your first priority should be comfort,  and then appearance.

Decide to use window treatments that make a large plain expanse of wall more interesting. Raise the curtain rods nearer to the ceiling instead of just above the window trim. What you obtain by doing this is an illusion of height—your small windows appear larger and the low ceiling appears higher! And ensure that you make abundant use of draperies, which is an extremely versatile subject to work with. The elegant texture of fabric can be used with telling effect to create just the atmosphere you would like to have in the different rooms of your home.
Just always keep in mind that this is your home that you’re dealing with, so don’t be afraid to be somewhat daring while decorating!


Guest Author Bio: The Author has spent 7 years in the home improvement business loves to write and share information from his experience in roofing, replacing windows and doors, siding, and constructing patio rooms and sunrooms. He has written several home improvement articles for Champion Windows, Pella, and Marvin.

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