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5 Living Room Design Myths, Busted!

Reconsider these common living room ideas

By Jan Soults Walker


Every room has design rules that supposedly shouldn't be broken, but for a truly lovely, livable living room, toss those rules and follow your own aesthetic! Denver interior designer Andrea Schumacher busts five common living room design myths.

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Myth 1: Ceilings should be white.

Busted: "That myth actually makes me cringe," Schumacher says. "One decorating secret is to paint the ceiling with a tint of lavender—no matter the wall color." This can draw the eye up, making the ceiling seem airy.

"Better yet," says Schumacher, "wallpaper the ceiling! Any grasscloth or graphic pattern. Nowadays, there are a multitude of textures and even faux bois [false wood] wallpapers that look amazing on ceilings!"

See our 7 Tricks with Ceiling Paint.
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Next Slide >> Myth 2: Match your fabrics with the rugs and vice versa.

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