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Throw Out the Rulebook

Posted on: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Give yourself permission to be creative!

Throw out the rulebook.


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  Many of us grew up being praised for coloring inside the lines. Who can’t relate to being somewhat envious of the classmate sitting next to us who could handle a Sky Blue Crayola with all the skill of a young Michelangelo? Having that drilled into us during our formative creative years, little wonder it’s difficult for many of us to give ourselves permission to be, well, creative. 

  Fast-forward to the adult in you with not just a sheet of manila paper, but with all kinds of surfaces: walls, floors, and windows on which to make your mark. Fear not, say top designers. This is your opportunity to put Suzie, with her perfectly executed coloring book, in her dull and predictable place.

  Top designers say it’s ok to “mix it up” when it comes to creating a space that’s uniquely yours. According to Jason Oliver Nixon, creative director at John Loecke Inc., “Global style is certainly all about the mix; it’s about pairing far-flung cultures and influences in a harmonious, engaging way.”

  As Stylus points out, it’s ensuring a room “has more than one story to tell.” Frankly, we think most of us would agree it feels a bit like doing the trapeze without a net. Unless you feel completely confident in your sense of color, design and style, it’s actually harder to “break the rules” to create an interesting room than to follow someone elses formula.

  The challenge, however, is worth the risk, say most designers. That’s when rooms become more than just an enclosure where you may happen to sit, sleep, eat, or whatever. They become an artistic statement of the owner, surrounding the occupants with the wonder, emotion, visual interest and excitement and personal expression from the imagination of the creator.

  Our advice? Continue to study the type of eclectic design sense that you find yourself drawn to –– not to copycat but to soak up the inspiration. Revel in the freedom. Stimulate your senses. Have a blast. To get you started, we’ve included some outstanding examples from Stylus. And while you’re at it, toss the “rules” out!  

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