When it comes getting interior design right, many homeowners ask themselves an age old question; which comes first, the furniture or the decor? And, more pressingly, which of the two is most important? Because both can be as equally expensive. In truth, approaching this matter from an either/or angle is a mistake and can leave many would-be interior designers struggling.
Questioning The Rules Of Interior Design: Does My Furniture Have To Match My Decor?
If you've lived in more than one home, you've probably gained many pieces of mismatched furniture throughout the years. Because furniture isn't cheap, you've probably tried to make it work with various decor pieces, only to sometimes fail. Let's see whether or not your furniture truly needs to match your decor.
One Doesn't Work Without The Other
If you haven’t realized that decor doesn’t work without furniture, it’s no surprise you’re struggling. By focusing on just one aspect, you won't be able to get your designs right. After all, the best wall treatments (paint or paper) will come undone the moment you place inappropriate furniture in the space. Have you ever seen a wingback chair from the gilded age placed under a howling wolf and full moon wall tapestry? YIKES. If you love your furniture, you're going to have to find colors, fixtures and finishes that will work well with it. Approach both your decor + furnishings at the same time, every time. How else can you expect the bond between decor and furniture to stay strong, and the room to remain wonderfully decorated?