We'll save you the spiel about how "rules were made to be broken." You already know all that. Deciding you want to shun the status quo is the easy part. The hard part is finding the courage to do your own thing. That's why we've rustled up ten examples of rooms from the Apartment Therapy archives that don't exactly stick to the playbook. You might hate them, you might love them. But above all else, hopefully you find a little bravado to do something crazy.
Rule: Use a single rug to anchor the room.
Rule Breaker: Desanka's Visionary Lux Lodge
New Take: Using two or more rugs lets you separate a small space into zones, letting you get away with less furniture. (Do you miss the missing coffee table?)
Rule: Hang art at eye level.
Rule Breaker: Oscar's Well-Preserved DC Rowhouse
New Take: If you have wall space, use it.
Rule: Wall colors should flow from one room to the next.
Rule Breaker: Polly's Moody Blues
New Take: Contrasting colors will define separate spaces, and there's nothing wrong with that.
Rule: Chairs should always sit in pairs.
Rule Breaker: Rebecca and George's Hilltop Homestead
New Take: If you love it, a great chair will never look out of place.
Rule: Dark colors make a room feel smaller.
Rule Breaker: Jaclyn's Cozy Kitschy Silver Lake Home
New Take: Dark colors can add a lot of interest. The key is a little bit of contrast and great lighting.
Rule: Furniture should follow the walls.
Rule Breaker: Autumn and Justin's Sleek Yet Rustic Ranch
New Take: Diagonals always add interest. Placing furniture on a slant takes up more room, but it might help a small table feel at home in a too-big dining room.
Rule: Too many patterns overwhelm a room.
Rule Breaker: Jasper's Bold Beachy Abode
New Take: You don't have to be a kid to get away with mixing patterns. More is more, as long as you keep them in the same color family.
Rule: Clutter is the enemy of a tidy home.
Rule Breaker: Maura's Eclectically Organized Workspace
New Take: Clutter can also be art... when it's deliberate, and everything else is organized.
Rule: Store books in tidy rows on a bookshelf.
Rule Breaker: Susan's Colorful Cabinet of Curiosities
New Take: Store books everywhere.
Rule: Dining room chairs need to match.
Rule Breaker: Erin's Layered Bohemian Loft
New Take: Um, no. They don't even need to be chairs.