Rule breaker #1: embrace colour
Rule breaker #2: paint everything!
Rule breaker #3: the three Rs
I am a big believer in the three Rs: reupholster, repaint and revamp. Rework and re-invent pieces that you no longer use or love. Rather than going out and paying big dollars for a new piece - hunt around for furniture and accessories with character in antique shops, thrift stores, garage sales and on the sale tables. I shop for furniture from shops that sell ex-display furniture and I always manage to find a bargain or two!
Rule breaker #4: rethink spaces
Rule breaker #5: layer up
Rule breaker #6: supersize scale
Rule breaker #7: triple your lights
One of the most important element in a room is lighting. Make sure you make the most of the natural light then incorporate different types of artificial light. Light creates warmth and ambience in a home - you can never have too many lights!. Hunt around for interesting fittings and it will add design interest to your home. Think about incorporating a mix of various lighting sources such as pendants, wall lights, step lights and downlights. Also put some thought into decorative lighting such as table lamps and floor lamps.