9 So-Called Home Décor Rules That You Should Break

For interior-design novices, it can become easy to cling to perceived décor true-isms. All woods must be the same finish! The living room furniture must match! But according to interiors designers, there are many so-called rules that you should actually break. Below, seven such experts sound off. So get ready to mix your brass and chrome kitchen finishes, and embrace oversize lamps. The name of the game is to trust — and hone — your own eye. Focus on that, and you’ll be layering ikats on suzanis on leopard prints in no time.

1. “You don’t have to match your metals. Most of my clients think that if they have a chrome faucet they have to have chrome or silver cabinet hardware in their kitchen. But why be scared of mixing metals? I love pairing brass cabinet pulls with chrome sink fixtures and stainless steel appliances. Having chrome or stainless steel in a kitchen doesn’t mean that every metal in the room has to be chrome or stainless steel.” —Orlando Soria, West Coast creative director of Homepolish

2. “Another big one is that dressers are only for bedrooms. I love using dressers all over the house. They add great storage and a sense of comfort and practicality to any space.” —Orlando Soria, West Coast creative director of Homepolish