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Share how you Bend the Rules to win $10,000 from HP

I’ve been a rule breaker for years, Creatives, ignoring some of the stuff the stylists, mags and media tell us about home decorating. In today’s post, I’m not only sharing how you too can bend some rules for a home that rocks, but telling you how you can win $10,000 from HP, simply by sharing how you bend the rules using the hashtag #BendTheRulesAustralia.

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Small Room Styling

First things first; small rooms.

Everything we’ve been told about small spaces suggests that they be splashed white or beige to make them appear larger. Bend the rules here, embrace the fact that your room is small and play up its cosy sense of intimacy! No amount of white paint is going to move your walls out or your roof up, so create a dark, moody nook in a small room and add vibrant, colourful accessories to create interest. This works especially well in bathrooms and other spaces you won’t be spending a heap of time in.

Vignette Styling

Vignettes need not stress you out

There’s no need to attend a class on vignette styling, Creatives. Bend the rules and ditch what you might be hearing about creating these scenes at home. First and foremost, a vignette should display the things you love, pure and simple. Forget the rule of three, too;  as long as you have items at varying heights and textures to create a visual story, you’re going to have a vignette that rocks. That’s all there is to it!

Paint Place Blue and Green

Blue and green should never be seen?

I have no idea where this concept came from, but bend the rules with this one and consider bringing these colours together in your home. Especially going into summer, these cool colours will make your space feel inviting. All you need to do is add some yellow  pops and you have a tropical colour palette that’s perfect for living spaces, bedrooms and outdoor areas. This is one of my all-time fave colour stories. Doesn’t it make you smile?

Interior Design Styles - Eclectic

Avoiding one style for your home

Despite what you may have been told, the best rooms are the ones that do what I call ‘interior grazing’; picking bits and pieces from a variety of styles and trends and meshing them together. A room that plays by the rules too much ends up looking over-themed – and it’s a trap you want to avoid. To interior graze successfully, try not to buy sets of furniture. A dining table, for example, looks amazing with mismatched chairs – both old and new – and it gives the room a rich style story.

Now for the good part: Enter to win $10,000 from HP!

Are you a rule bender at heart? This competition from the team at HP is going to reward you for bending the rules – be it at home, work or play. All you need to do is:

– Hit one of your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc)
– Share text, a photo or a video of you bending the rules
– Use the hashtag #BendTheRulesAustralia

Spot prizes are won each week. The grand prize is $10,000!

Need inspiration? CLICK HERE to see entries on the HP Youtube Channel!

Terms and conditions can be found here.

Image credits: 1 via Hard to Find, 2 via Chelsea Hing, 3 via Paint Place and 4 via Pinterest. 


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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