Rules and Guidelines

Just after the long weekend, a friend said she had quit wearing white for the year because the fashion rule is no white after Labour day.  When we were talking I was wearing my summer uniform: white capris and a white sleeveless blouse. Ten days later I was on the beach; in my mind, summer was not over.  Guidelines are not rules. Here are some  home decor “rules” that are silly and should be ignored, and some guidelines that you can use insead.  Rule: End tables must match.    Guideline: Match the era or style of end tables;  match the visual weight and mood; or match the tables, the choice is yours.  Rule: Wall, door and window trim must be white or natural. Guideline: If the trim is a focal point of the room, and you want to draw attention to it, paint it a color that contrasts with the READ MORE