The first rule of home decor is “there are no home decor rules.”
There are no home decor rules
Too simple? Sorry. Let me make it more complicated.
The first rule of home decor is that you are not obligated to listen to anyone else’s advice, settle for anyone else’s opinion, choose anyone else’s color scheme, live with anyone else’s furniture selection, or eat off anyone else’s china choice. Unless you’re living in someone else’s house basically for free. Then the home decor rules are whatever they choose for them to be.
Better? Good. It boils down to choice – and if it’s your place, you get to do the choosing.
If you want to paint your bathroom walls neon green, staple bamboo lattice panels to the ceiling, and add a sock monkey named Mr. Fluffy Cheeks, by all means do so. It’s your choice.
Well, there are a few rules, as we’ll discover as we go along. But if you think of them as “guidelines,” you’ll get a lot further and be a lot happier about it.
Home Decor Rule No. 2: Choose decor you can live in
There’s a difference between decor you can live IN and decor you can live WITH. Don’t decorate to please the neighbors; they’re not the ones who have to live IN the dining room you design.
Decorate with an eye toward the age of your Inner Child. Notice I did not say “Act your age.” I wouldn’t ask that of anyone, including myself.
- If your Inner Child is about nine and loves to doodle on the walls, then paint a few surfaces with chalkboard paint.
- If you love collecting dolls and you’re pushing forty, set up display areas to show off your collection.
- If you love spending hours digging in the sand and making castles, reflect this if you want.