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This is probably the most popular of design myths: light colours amplify space, dark colours take space. While this is somewhat true, what many tend to forget is that much more importance should be given to the size and amount of furniture in a room, rather than the colours used. In a small room, the one factor that will make it seem even smaller is clutter; in order to eliminate clutter we recommend utilising a few large furniture pieces which will double in utility as a practical use for storage.
In addition, we encourage that people embrace small rooms for what they are, instead of trying to create optical illusions to make them seem larger. Small rooms are welcoming, and give a sense of intimacy and comfort; adding dark colours along with this concept will add sophistication and glamour to the mix, not only making them inviting, but also chic.
While we will always enjoy a good minimalistic design that is more on the side of simplicity, there is nothing wrong with experimenting by combining items and furniture of different styles and patterns. The key tip with this myth, in order to remain away from tackiness, is to at least keep the colour scheme consistent; this will allow you to get creative with mixing and matching of furniture pieces such as sofas, rugs, and artwork, without straying too much and venturing off to the point where your design style is no longer pleasing to the eye.
Remaining conscious of the latest trends in the design world is always a good idea. It gives you the opportunity to redecorate, refresh, and even remodel a space. However, it is essential to remember that trends come and go with seasons, and selecting a design style that outlasts temporary trends is a far more practical option and perhaps one that will allow you to remain true to your own unique decorating style. We recommend keeping the larger design pieces consistent with your personal taste, and instead adding hints of temporary trends through those that are smaller.
Ultimately choosing whether or not to follow design myths that have roamed the industry for years is a decision left completely up to personal preference. The important fact is to remember that we are not forced to follow these myths and traditions as they can often be defied, and if carried out properly, will make your space stand out significantly from others.