10 Design Myths and their Truths (Part 2)

Gorgeous IKEA living room without breaking the bank! Small space - large patterns! High ceilings. No gypsum. Designed by Lillie Helena Leaning artwork One of Kelly Wearstler's whimsical designs

You’re either budgeting for a castle or a cave!

I have heard a lot of people say ‘I am going to be spending a lot on my space because I want my place to look up-to-date and not cheap!’ this usually makes me laugh!

We all know the well known saying ‘money doesn’t buy class’ well in this case ‘money doesn’t buy great style!’ . I do honestly believe that we should splurge on the things which will be used a lot, let’s say the bed, sofa and even kitchen appliances. But be creative when you are looking for other pieces like armchairs and decorative pieces. If you are clever and look carefully you will find that a lot of pieces cost next to nothing and maybe with a little D.I.Y they could look better than the accessories found in showrooms!

Smaller Patterns for Smaller Rooms

This could end up looking quite ghastly! The smaller the room the bigger the pattern size should be. Very small patterns will give the illusion of chaos and clutter, so if you are going for a patterned wallpaper, pillow cases or rug, try to pick large scaled patterns to give the illusion of a bigger room.

Gypsum gives structure to the space

Gypsum is great to use when covering up that unsightly ceiling air conditioner or hiding curtain rails. Other than that, we can live without it! I always look for property with high ceilings because I feel that the room looks larger and more spacious. Gypsum usually brings down the ceiling which is one of the main downsides to it. If you do feel that without gypsum your room has no structure then why not opt for minimal coving where the wall meets the ceiling.

Wall Art should be hanging

This is a myth which has been traditionally brought to us from generation to generation – wall art is always framed and hanging on the wall. Not anymore! We don’t do it so much with small pieces of work, but with large ones this could have quite an effect. Canvases can either be leaning against a wall from the floor, or else from furniture such as a cabinet. This is a great idea when creating an area of interest, such as a group of items all layered together. The art can now be included in these areas, rather than just hanging on a wall, standing lonely!

There are textbook rules to design

There really aren’t! There are plenty of guidelines, but so many exemptive situations and contradictions that it is best to rely on your eye for design and instinct. Sometimes things look great together and you don’t know why, and sometimes you feel that you have stuck to the rules but the final result is just not great! Read magazines, look through as many pictures as you can to feel inspired and get ideas, but don’t forget to bring your own creativity and signature style into whatever you are doing!