Forget all the rules of interior design. Throw them out.
Advice such as “Always have matching bedside tables”, “Never paint small rooms dark”, “Always paint the walls white”, “Declutter your life” are just confusing and often contradictory. Don’t follow some arbitrary decorating rule because you read it somewhere. Find out for yourself what you like and works for you and remember that your tastes are likely to change too.
As far as I am concerned there is only one golden rule of interior design and it’s best encapsulated by William Morris “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist and social activist and was intimately involved with the Arts and Crafts Movement of some 150 years ago. Yet, the truth of his words still resonate today. We live at a time when we have greater access to things than ever before. But, the majority of stuff we buy is now bought cheaply on a whim, knowing that we can always replace it later. Unfortunately, that time rarely comes and our houses and offices are crammed with badly made and often ugly things.
When my grandparents were married they commissioned a local carpenter to make them a bed, a dresser and a dining table and chairs. They then kept these their entire lives. They were by no means wealthy, but valued superbly crafted pieces made by someone they had knew personally.
Life is too short not to love the place in which you live. Everything should bring you some sort of joy. This does not mean you need to be a minimalist and only own 100 things. It also does not mean that it is costly, but what it does mean is that your home inspires you, makes you happy and is both beautiful and functional.
I’ll talk much more about William Morris’s golden rule and many other “Golden Rules” in my upcoming workshop. It’s in Melbourne, on the 28 August 2016 and I’ll hold it in my beautiful studio in Fitzroy. So come and meet me, other passionate interiors people, and check out my working space in person.
It’s going to be an enjoyable and inspiring few hours and you can purchase tickets via Eventbrite.