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Design Rules Worth Breaking
Posted on April 21, 2022 @ 3:02AM
"To create, one must first question everything."
~ Eileen Gray

As my creative minds wanders, I'm always asking myself "What if..."?    I'm constantly pushing the boundaries of Interior Design 101.  Designing in Big Sky and Bozeman makes it easier to step outside norms as so often, these projects are vacation homes and clients enjoy stepping a bit outside their comfort zone. Here are half a dozen examples of old rules I've thrown out the window...  

Do not mix the old with the new.  I say do it!  Your home should reflect who you are.  If you love that modern piece, feel free to place it in the same space as that antique armoire.     The clean lines of modern design often balance highly ornamental or heavily textured spaces. 

Bright and bold are only for large spaces.  Not necessarily true.  Bright ornate patterns and textures can work perfectly in small spaces.  Who hasn't seen a crazy fun powder room?    If you're working with a slightly larger space try to make sure there's some natural daylight and perhaps keep the adjoining areas less dramatic.  

Only use one furniture brand per room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture lines.  In fact, you should!  “Matchy-matchy” can look tired and uninteresting. Use your discretion and collections to layer textures and finishes – creating a less generic space.  

Symmetrical design is best. Rarely do I do anything symmetrical these days.  It's thought to be most comfortable for the eyes, but studies have shown asymmetrical placement is psychologically appealing and captivating.  

Ceilings should be white. I agree that white ceilings are a safe staple, but adding color at the top of the room can really give its inhabitants a different perspective or perception of volume or height.  

Do not use more than one wood finish per space.  Wood can be an excellent design medium, but finishes can be tricky. Given its warm and cozy appearance it's not a surprise that we would like to use it in abundance. I suggest making sure your wood finishes different enough to contrast – not clash. 

The very best part about good design is that it is user-specific.  I want my clients to use the items they love. Items that means something to them!  That's what makes a great space.

Author: Noelle Child

Native to Montana, Noelle has always loved art and design. At a young age, she was consumed with creating something from nothing. She attended Montana State University and The Art Institute of Seattle - and traveled abroad to Indonesia, China, and South Africa to study design. In her studies, she gained a great appreciation for the beauty and history of many cultures, which has further inspired her work. With over two decades of experience in residential and commercial design she is currently based out of our Bozeman studio. Noelle’s skills include managing all facets of residential projects from conception to installation. She has experience with high design, custom furniture, lighting, art, rugs and more. Noelle is passionate about building relationships with clients and helping them express their characters.