You know how there are those set-in-stone rules when it comes to dressing? Some that, no matter the trend or season, you just can’t break? I think that same idea can go for home décor. After all, designing anything is an art form, and all forms of art – painting, photography, interior design – have the same basic principles. Since clothing and interiors can be so closely related, they also share some of the same guidelines. However, there are a few rules that do not work in a space and should be left to your closet. Read on for a list of fashion dos and don’ts for the home décor world.
Do: All white
We love the powerful aura that comes from an all white ensemble. The same effect works in an all white room. Like their analogous outfits, however, there are a few things to keep in mind to really make the space work. But when it works, it really works!
Don’t: All black everything
Unfortunately, the effortless and super sophisticated effect of head-to-toe black does not translate well into the office. Unless you want your space to look like a scary black hole, the strong shade should only be used as either an accent or anchor colour – not both. Plus, why limit yourself when there are so many fun colours to try?
Do: Tone down
You know that old Coco Chanel quote about taking off the last accessory you put on? The same goes for interior décor. Since most offices are on the smaller side, you don’t want to make it look any more cluttered than it has to. Stick to accessorizing in odd quantities (three and five are the magic numbers), and if something isn’t necessary to your design aesthetic, take it away. Remember, less is more!
Don’t: Under accessorize
While there are a million cases where outfits don’t need anything else to look great (no jewelry, for example), the extreme minimalist philosophy when applied to an office can just make a space look depressingly bare. Of course, you don’t need to occupy every free space, but a complete lack of wall art, desk extras, or furniture accents will make a room look unfinished. Add a couple things that you’re truly in love with – it’ll really make your space feel like you!
Do: Mix high and low
You can combine and select pricier items with trendier, more affordable pieces to create a chic (and expensive appearing) look. The trick is to have a selective eye when it comes to purchasing your low-end items. You’ll have much more fun decorating your office when you have some budget breathing room, plus you won’t be sacrificing your style.
Don’t: Skimp on the essentials
There are a few things you are advised to splurge on: shoes, good jeans, and silk blouses. That idea stems from how often you’ll use the pieces. Unless you’re just starting out, use that same philosophy when buying your office furniture. Couches and desks are substantial pieces that you’ll likely (and hopefully) be using for years and years, which make them worthy of a higher price tag. Side tables and other fun accessories? Not so much.