5 Decorating Rules It's Ok to Break!

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Rule to Break: Everything Must Match
Who says molding always has to be white and that all fabrics and patterns need to coordinate exactly? Not designer Sasha Emerson: "I like to paint wainscoting or large trim with dark colors," she says. "I love using blues and greens." And, she says, have fun with textiles and furnishings. "They don't have to match the wall color. I like things a bit off color-wise - I break this rule in all of my projects."

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Rules are made to be broken, and this is especially true when it comes to decorating. Here, some of our favorite designers and bloggers share the decorating rules they love to defy.

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