Color decorating rules to ignore – designers say these 5 old mantras could be dating your decor

1. Do Not Use Dark Colors In Small Rooms

If you think you can't go dark or bold in a diminutive room, you've probably heard that you should only ever paint a small room in white or pale hues. These days, that advice couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, small rooms are often the most exciting spaces to decorate.

2. Never Mix Metals

While metallic finishes are hard to get right – it's too easy to tip into over-the-top Eighties-style glossiness or frou-frou fussiness – pairing metallics, such as copper or gold, with crisp steel and chrome, is proving popular. Well-chosen, elegant mixed metal hardware can produce a look that is, in fact, all grown up.

3. The Ceiling Should Be Painted White

Ceiling ideas offer scope to expand your creativity beyond your four walls, therefore painting a ceiling white is certainly not the only color option you should consider.

4. Everything Must Match Or Coordinate

The idea that you should only ever have one color throughout your entire home is a decorating myth that still exists, but that's not to say you shouldn't. Whether you should paint your entire home one color is an endless debate, and despite the pros and cons, there is no definitive answer to this color conundrum.

5. Blue And Green Must Never Been Seen Together

Contrary to popular belief, green and blue look marvelous together. The source of the adage of never mixing blue and green has murky roots. Scratch beneath the surface and its origins are hard to fathom. One of the most likely theories, given that so much idiom in the English language derives from maritime vernacular and superstitions, is that sailors were warned not to paint the hulls of their boats green lest they become invisible when capsized. But it’s tenuous.

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