There's a lot of misinformation floating around on the subject of home decor. Unfortunately, many homeowners fall victim to believing these factoids, resulting in a lackluster appearance for their respective home. So, if you're planning to redecorating your home in the near future, you should familiarize yourself with the following decorating myths and misconceptions, as they may surprise you.
You Can't Use White
Granted, there are times when you can't -- or at least shouldn't -- use white in home decor, but for other times, it's perfectly acceptable. In fact, white is an excellent color choice for small rooms and spaces. White and similar light/bright colors create the illusion of a larger and more open space, making it ideal for such uses.
You Can't Mix Patterns
Another common home decor myth is that you can't mix two or more patterns in the same space. Whether it's stripes, plaid, floral, animal print, etc., there's nothing wrong with mixing patterns in your home decor. The key thing to remember is that you should choose colors that flow cohesively with one another. So, consider the colors within the patterns when decorating your home. As long as the colors within the patterns match, you can use them in your home.
The Focal Point of a Living Room Must Be the TV
While the TV can be a focal point of the living room, there are other options to consider. If your living room features a fireplace, for instance, you can make this the focal point by arranging the furniture to face it. Another idea is to use a painting or piece of artwork as the focal point. The bottom line is that you shouldn't limit yourself to only using the TV as the focal point.
You Should Only Use a Single Area Rug
Who says you can only use a single area rug in your home decor? Well, some people apparently. The truth is, however, that it's perfectly fine to use two or more area rugs in the same space.
The Furniture Must Match
Finally, some homeowners assume that all of their furniture must match. Again, you can decorate a room or area with all matching furniture, but there's no rule requiring you to do so. It's perfectly fine to use multiple styles of furniture as long as they flow cohesively with one another. In fact, some homeowners prefer using multiple styles, as this offers a more eclectic appearance.