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4 Interior Design Rules To Break This Summer
Team Offbeat | 26 Jul

This week, we take four boring interior design rules and throw them out the window.

  1. Symmetry

Symmetry is an essential interior design tool used to suggest balance and harmony however, strict applications can often appear forced and overly formal. For a more relaxed impression, asymmetry can help to create a more organic and casual ambience. Try opposing a sofa with armchairs around a coffee table or team dining chairs with a long bench around a communal table for variation. Just be sure that the space remains balanced with equal visual weight.

  1. Neutral Colour Ceilings

When painting a ceiling, the instinctive go-to shade is nearly always white. Why not break the rules this summer? Consider painting your coffee shop ceiling in a bold tone to add energy and impact. Coordinating a ceiling with wall colour can help to create a cocoon-like effect, introducing warmth and comfort to your space.

  1. Light Colours for Small Rooms

It is frequently believed that a small room should be painted with a light colour to make it appear bigger – this is not always true. Depending on the amount of natural light, pale colours can often make a small space feel cold and bland. Consider sprucing up your smaller spaces with darker shades for maximum character and charm.

  1. Pops of Colour

Neutral does not mean boring! One common interior design error is to believe a bright accent colour in every space will add style and impact, whilst the discreet benefits of subtlety can often be neglected. Neutrally coloured spaces can help to suggest a calm, clean and soothing space – perfect for a busy London coffee shop.

By Charlotte Phillips

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