5 Design Rules To Never Break

Oh wow! It's been a very very long time since I posted last! I started my new job in March and work life has become all consuming. I am trying to regain some balance but it is definitely a battle. So I really appreciate those who are reading this and those of you who have stuck around! And for those of you who nominated me AGAIN for an Amara Interior Blog Award. My third year running and I can't quite believe it. It has really given me the kick up the bum I needed to get into things. So apologies and massive thank you's all round! So I thought I would kick off my 'return' to blogging with 5 Design Rules to Never Break. 

1. Gather Your Inspiration First

Wether you use a scrap book, tare pages from magazines, screen shot images on your phone, use Pinterest, create collages or gather samples you need to somehow gather your inspiration. This is one my favourite parts of the design process. I love searching for new and exciting things and pulling them all into one place. I love using Pinterest as it's so easy and simple to categorise my thoughts especially when I'm working on more then one project at a time. But I also like to keep a scrap book so I can annotate as I go, that way I never forget what I was thinking at the time. 

Image Source: Farrow & Ball

Image Source: Farrow & Ball

2. Texture Is Your Friend

Texture adds warmth to any space and can be created in many ways. Using a mix of fabrics and materials in your space adds depth to your scheme and is a really simple way to add texture, think about combining velvet and satin cushions or cotton and wool. You can also add texture through your mix of furniture finishes. The use of walnut and black metal make a beautiful industrial statement and helps to break up a space. The use of art is a great way too, from photographs to oil paintings art can be a fab way to add texture to your space. Play around, mix it up and don't be afraid of texture. 

Image Source: Pinch of Chic

Image Source: Pinch of Chic

3. Measure, Measure, Measure

I cannot stress this point enough. Measure, measure, measure!!! It is so important to measure before you buy anything for your space to make sure it fits proportionately. If sounds really obvious but you'd be surprised how many people just buy things without measuring the space first. Especially with the ever inscribing trend of online shopping, there is nothing worse then ordering something and it being the wrong size upon arrival. I have been guilty of it myself - I bought lamp shades for my bedside tables and they turned out to be double the size of the bases - so it is vital, then you won't make silly purchases or waste time and possibly even your money. 

Image Source: Limilee

Image Source: Limilee

4. Don't Be Afraid To Add Colour

Those of you who have been reading my blog of a while know that I love colour. I also know that not everyone is as comfortable with colour so I am here to tell you not to be afraid. Colour is a personal touch to any space and can have the most impact! Not everything has to be colourful, but adding one or two colourful cushions could completely transform the mood of a room. 

Image Source: Elle Decoration

Image Source: Elle Decoration

5. Only Live With What You Love

I am a big believer of not having anything in your home that you do not love. Now I know that there will be some essential things in your home, like your vegetable peeler, that you do not love however, everything else you should love! If you only listen to one of these tips then please let it be this one! Having things in your spaces that you love helps to make your house a home. If you love flamingo wallpaper, put it up! If you love that green velvet sofa (high on my list btw), then get it! If you want to fill your home with plants and create a mini jungle then be my guest! Only live with the things you love. 

Image Source: Sheer Luxe

Image Source: Sheer Luxe

So there you have it, my 5 Design Rules to Never Break! I hope you learnt something from this post and found some inspiration to start on your next project. Until next time... 

Much love,

Sophie 

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