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Home and interior design is a trade that’s been around forever, and over time, many myths and unwritten rules have come up. But many of these rules are outdated, so we’ve compiled some of the biggest myths about interior design that you can ignore.

Everything Must Match

Some people and designers believe a house should have a consistent and cohesive style—everything from the colors to the metals should match. While it’s wise to have some design consistency and flow throughout a home, you shouldn’t be afraid to mix things up!

Mixing and matching light fixtures, colors, materials, patterns, and metals make an interior design seem more dynamic rather than repetitive and dull. It’s a delicate balance between mixing things up enough so that they’re interesting but not so much that you end up with an unkempt tornado of design ideas!

No Wallpaper in the Bathroom

In the past, when the wallpaper was more susceptible to peeling and falling away from exposure to moisture, it was a cardinal rule not to have it in the bathroom. Too often, the moisture and steam from showers and baths would cause wallpaper to peel and cause a design disaster.

Nowadays, wallpaper is much more durable and capable of sticking to bathroom walls even after exposure to moisture. So, if you have a favorite wallpaper that you think would look great in your bathroom, don’t hesitate to stick it on!

Pro-Tip: A fun wallpaper pattern on one wall in a bathroom makes for an excellent accent wall and breaks the monotony of most bathrooms.

Small Rooms Should Be White

One of the oldest rules and myths about interior design you can ignore is that if a room is on the small side, you should paint it white. The idea behind the color choice is that the brightness of white will make the room appear bigger and more vibrant.

Sometimes, white is a good color for a room. But using it in a small room is far from a hard-and-fast rule that every designer should follow. Don’t limit yourself to any color or style for a room based on size—darker and more muted colors can work just as well in small spaces!

Dark Colors Are Gloomy

Speaking of dark colors, another prevailing misconception about room color is that darker colors make a home feel depressing and gloomy. Obviously, an all-black painted room can have a darker vibe, but that doesn’t mean you have to shy away from darker colors altogether.

Warmer and more muted colors like navy blue, maroon, and brown can make a home feel comfortable and inviting instead of striking and bright. With colors, you should consider the total composition in a space rather than just one hue.

No Rugs in the Kitchen

Our last myths are about rugs and where they belong in a home. We all know that kitchen floors are notorious for messes and spills, which makes some hesitant to put a fine rug in the kitchen.

However, a rug is just as susceptible to spills and stains in the living room as in the kitchen. So why limit your design opportunities? Feel free to make your kitchen warmer and more comfortable to work in with a quality rug!

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