Do you ever sit and wonder who made up all the decorating rules you and much of the population lives by? There are so many quirks that have been repeated from one generation to the next that it is hard to believe they haven't fizzled away yet. No one knows who started them, but there is a good chance that those who did certainly have moved onto new trends. There are no rules, when it comes to decorating, so start focusing on what you love rather than what you think you should do.

  • Furniture Must Touch a Wall - None of your furniture has to be against a wall, if you don't want it to be. As long as you have a walking path to easily navigate the space, you can put your furniture in any configuration you choose. Floating furniture does demand a little trial-and-error to get it right, which is why it often gets pushed to a wall, but it creates an exciting look, when done properly.

  • Everything Has to Match - There is nothing exciting or creative about a room being perfectly matched. Avoid buying furniture sets, and purchase individual pieces instead. Complementing elements create a more visual pleasing display than a room full of perfectly matched items.

8' Grande Floor Fountain with Clear Glass, Stainless Steel and Fire Kit with 2 Ethanol Burners

8' Grande Floor Fountain with Clear Glass, Stainless Steel and Fire Kit with 2 Ethanol Burners
Dimensions: 94"H x 48"W x 18"D

  • Walls Are for Focal Points - You do need a focal point in a room, but it doesn't have to be mounted on a wall. Wall-mounted art became the go-to option for creating a focal point because if you mount something at eye level on a major wall it is going to get noticed. The really special centerpieces are those that don't require this type of placement. Floor water features are a great example. It does not matter if you put one in the corner, in the middle of the room, or against a wall; it will naturally become the most interesting element in the space.

6' Gardenfall Etched Bamboo Floor Fountain with LED Lights

6' Gardenfall Etched Bamboo Floor Fountain with LED Lights
Dimension: 72"H x 24"W x 15"D

  • Don't Mix Patterns - Gone is the day when you absolutely could not mix plaid and floral without breaking a decorating rule. When done properly, nearly every pattern can pair with one another. Make sure they have different scales, so it doesn't look like you were trying to match mismatched patterns.

  • Neutrals Are Boring - Neutral tones went from being the most popular kids on the playground to the most hated. What happened? Can neutrals be boring? Absolutely! However, so can other color palettes. Neutrals can be exciting and fresh, when paired with the right colors and patterns.

  • You Need a Theme - Themes can definitely be fun, but they are not necessary. You can easily blend Asian, vintage, and contemporary elements in a space to create a brilliant display.