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Decor Myth Busted: The Principles of Proportion

Three designers shed light on these popular home myths


Should the principles of proportion be strictly followed? Interior designer Tess Quevedo shares some helpful insights.

Interview and Production by Tala Singson and Paula de Guzman.

Read the original article ("10 Decor Myths - Busted”) in the June 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

Myth No. 3: The principles of proportion should be strictly followed.

Tess says that not every piece in a room should be proportional to the rest of the items. “One of the things that add interest to a room or make a room dynamic is contrast, which can be achieved through varying proportions of objects or even architectural elements.

A very large bed, a tall lamp, or oversize armchairs in a medium-size room can make the space look cozy and intimate.” In fact, if the furnishings in a room are too proportionate to each other, it can only make the space look “monotonous and flat.”


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