Five Golden Rules of Interior Design According to Iris Apfel

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Bold, exciting, and full of creativity. Take a look at the five golden rules of interior design according to the famous designer and style icon Apfel.

You might have heard of Iris Apfel. Yes, she’s the 100-year-old style icon, interior designer, and White House design consultant. 100-years-old, but she’s doing amazing in the field of design. Today, we learned about the five golden rules of interior design according to the pro from her interview with AnOther.

Five Golden Rules of Interior Design

Buy Quality

One of the golden rules of interior design according to Apfel is to invest in furniture pieces. “Buy the best possible quality you can get because furniture is made to last. When you get upholstery it should be well made so it doesn’t cave in, and buy fabrics that are of lasting quality. Quality has deteriorated dreadfully because no new people are coming into the trades, and no good people want to apprentice.”

And if You Can’t Afford to, Wait

Patience is a virtue for our 100-year-old design expert. “If you can’t afford something it’s better to leave empty space than to have a shoddy piece. When I was designing I would never buy a piece of furniture for a client that wasn’t perfect for the space. They wouldn’t like it because I made them wait, but they’d be very happy and grateful when we were done.”

Become a Collector

We always advise that your space should reflect your personality to make it feel lived-in and loved. Guess what? Turns out Apfel also thinks the same. “Your apartment should mirror your personality, and it’s better to have a few things that are against the decorating rules (which I don’t think there should be any of anyway) than to have everything so perfect.

When people come into my home they know that I live there. Everything I have is a favorite, everything in my house I love. I’m a collector and I’ve been collecting for years. I never had a coffee table and my grandmother, every time she visited, drove me crazy. Finally, I bought a coffee table I didn’t really like just to take up space, and I hated it, and it really cost me more money in the end because I had to get rid of it and buy another one.”

Embrace Originality

In a world of shiplap walls, barn doors, and accent walls, design your home that will mirror everything you are. “Express yourself, not what your neighbor has. There’s very little creativity left. Everybody copies everybody else. I don’t know whether everybody wants the same or the designers give it to them – I have no idea, I’ve been out of it for too long – but it’s very sad. It used to be that people wanted some individuality, so when you walk into an apartment you know whose apartment it is.”

Go Your Own Way

A piece of pretty short advice from Apfel, but it’s definitely worth following. “Do not follow trends.” We think adding trends in your home could liven up the space, but avoid replacing and changing your home just because of a trend that will come and go.

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Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s Design blog. Happy decorating!

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