The 7 Rules of Interior Design

What is it that makes a beautifully decorated room? Is it expensive curtains? Or plenty of light, or original artwork?

According to interior designer Michael Wood of IX Design, there isn't one magic formula to create the perfect room. Even an interior designer starts from scratch with each project, working with both the client and the space.

The key to a beautiful home isn't spending a ton of money on pricey furniture or designer fixtures. It's about making sure everything in your space works together.

Magic formula or no, 15 years of projects gives you some insight. So Wood shared his seven key principles of creating a great space, from where to start to what to avoid. The best part? Doing it right doesn't mean draining your checking account.

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  • Betsy

    Love this! My boyfriend and I just moved into a new place and are very carefully thinking about how we will decorate without breaking the bank. We have hardly any furniture, so we are really starting from scratch! The coffee table thing is hiliarous. He is obsessed with finding the perfect coffee table first. :-)

  • Elissa Backas

    well, we got the live with it part down. we moved into our house two years ago and our rooms are still mostly empty

  • MyLadyAlexis

    When it comes to decorating, I break all the rules and follow my own rules. I decorate to my own unique style. 

  • MyLadyAlexis

    I always start with the walls and floors and the rest just falls into place as I go!!!

  • Just shows you don’t need to break the bank to create the perfect look for you

  • nancy

    So what do you do? I’m assuming he is saying the way this area is painted is incorrect…but do you paint it all blue???

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