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5 Styling Rules To Break

Break from the mold with these styling ideas

Photography: Marc Jao and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

As if decorating the home isn't already a huge challenge, trying to keep up with old-school design rules as you shop for furniture and decor pieces is another hurdle in itself. To help you navigate the aisles of the stores and style your space with ease, we've listed down a few design standards that you should scratch off from your list—after all, rules were made to be broken. Check them out below: 

1. “Your dining chairs should match.” 

Not all the time. When done right, your dining area can become an eclectic paradise. While there is no exact formula to achieving this decor style, you can still recreate the look with one simple technique: having a unifying element that will bring the room together—for example, if you're using uniform chairs consider going with different colors or vice versa. 

READ: 4 Ways To Work With Mismatched Chairs

2. “You should never mix two loud prints.”
Believe it or not—patterns don't have to match, they just have to coordinate one way or another. Consider mixing intricate prints with minimalist-inspired designs for a balanced look. Try putting geometric ones with florals or chevron with paisley.

READ: 4 Ways To Work With Patterns

3. “Every living room needs a proper couch.”

This is probably the oldest rule in the book and one you should think about intently—especially if you're working with a small space. A spacious window seat or four armchairs can do the trick in making your living area look cozy without having to squeeze in a bulky couch. 

4. “You need to stick to a white or stained-wood look for the kitchen.”

While minimalist-inspired walls and kitchen cabinets are the norm for cooking corners, you can break away from the trend by using hints of color. If you are only starting to introduce color to your space, try injecting pastels for a contemporary look. 

READ: 5 Color Ideas For Small Kitchens

5. “You can’t pile on decor in small spaces.”

Once you find the right balance of color and texture, you can. Try strategized layering if you're planning on going for the maximalist style. Start with pieces that are essential to you followed by things that have sentimental value, then finish off with decorative items that you can easily remove if you feel your space is already overcrowded.

PHOTOS: Marc Jao and Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main) | Dairy Darilag (1 and 2) | Jilson Seckler Tiu

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