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Rules are made to be broken, right? That’s why, this season, we say move over mustard, rustic accents and all those autumn interiors associations. We’d rather be piling on the print, snapping up anything shiny and mixing textures like there’s no tomorrow. Can you tell we don’t like the word ‘shouldn’t’? Call on your interiors courage and dive into our round up of the design rules that were born to be broken.



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RULE TO BREAK:
RUSTIC COLOUR RULES

Summer might have been seriously terracotta-tinged, but that vivid, sunset-hued shade dubbed ‘Gen Z yellow’ also reigned supreme (and when a colour gets a generational association – aka millennial pink - you know it’s having a moment). And remember Pantone’s penchant for Ultra Violet? It may have surprised us at the time, but made so much sense come the catwalks. In this spirit, we say feel free to reject the rustic in favour of those super saturated David Hockney-hues – marine blue and hot pink are made for each other.


"We're loving those super saturated David Hockney-hues"


RULE TO BREAK:
ONE PRINT IS PLENTY


We all know that theoretically we’re allowed to mix prints, but that’s geos with geos and florals with florals, right? Wrong. With so many gloriously patterned cushions/wallpapers/duvet sets (delete as appropriate) we say all bets are off - permission to up your print and pattern game granted. That means clashing different styles of print – deco with oriental, geos with bold florals and so on – to embrace an eclectic kind of luxury that feels ultra-modern. Use a block colour backdrop to maintain a bit of visual calm - that probably means your sofa, wall or floor.


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RULE TO BREAK:
GO EASY ON GOLD

When it comes to metallics, ‘more is more’ is not the usual mantra. There are so many subtle ways to bring in a bit of shine – think hinges, edges and furniture frames – that a pair of gold cheetah bookends or a snake lamp might feel alarmingly bold. Whilst we’re definitely fans of the former, statement gilded accessories deserve a bit of love, too - the crafted, quirky appeal of these vintage-inspired animals means they mix and match surprisingly well. Go for gold or brass over silver and copper to bring the out the best of rich hues.


"Gold and brass bring out the best of rich colour"



RULE TO BREAK:
BEWARE TOO MUCH TEXTURE


No, the velvet sofa isn’t going anywhere (‘tis the season to cocoon, after all) and we’re taking it further with texture galore – think fringing and feathers as well as etched and bevelled details. The secret to stopping short of an Aladdin’s cave situation? Reflection. An oversized mirror will simultaneously open up a room and add visual depth, while glass or even Perspex furniture feels far less heavy than their traditional wooden counterparts. High shine surfaces are a subtle way to add in extra visual relief, as is layering your light sources.

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