Sure, it’s smart to stick to the basics like scale and color theory when it comes to good design, but sometimes we forget that the #1 design rule is also the simplest: happiness rules! Bending the rules for the sake of a smile is always a good design decision. HomeGoods is all about bringing home the happy, and the newest items in stores this spring are certainly helping us think outside the box to turn our spaces into happier places.
HomeGoods prices make it easy to experiment and have fun challenging conventions. Below is a list of rules you've probably been following for ages—and how to break them for happy results.
Rule #1: White walls make a space feel bigger.
Working with a small space? Don't be afraid of color. White walls can make a space feel bigger since they reflect more light, but the same effect can be achieved with proper lighting and reflective accents. If you're going with a darker hue, simply plan to invest in a mirror or two and adjust window treatments or light fixtures to let in more light. And don't forget your fifth wall; painting your ceiling white or light will quash any feeling of being boxed-in.
Rule #2: Hang mirrors at eye level.
Mirrors aren't just for gazing—when it comes to placing mirrors in a living or dining space, think light, not height. Place mirrors based on where you'd like to reflect light and create a feeling of space and depth. A cluster of decorative mirrors opposite a window will maximize natural light and illuminates your space from a new angle.
Rule #3: Too many patterns make a space too busy.
Patterns are like color, some work well together and others just don't. But that doesn't mean you can't get away with polka dots and leopard print in the same space. If two patterns are similar in geometry (like the zebra print chairs paired with a diamond rug in the gallery above) they'll play well off each other and add interest to a room without making it feel disjointed.
Rule #4: Avoid clutter.
Think of clutter as a collection of orphaned, homeless belongings that can be transformed into decorative accents once they find a proper place in your home. Books, small plants, and tchotchkes are perfect candidates for a curio wall. Mount floor bins, deep picture frames, or trays with a wide lip on the wall and arrange your "clutter" there to free up some horizontal space while adding interest to a room.