I'm always one for considering basic rules of design, but I am definitely not one to shy away from making adjustments to the rules to make them work for our family. Take the Rules for Hanging Curtains, for example:
Basic Rule #1: Hang your curtains high (About 4-8 inches from the top of the window frame) and wider than the frame (as much as 12 inches on either side.)
This is one rule that I tend to follow. Our curtains hang 9 inches wider than the window frame and 7 inches taller.
Basic Rule #2: Floor length curtains need to just touch the floor or hover half an inch above. If they don't it looks like you measured incorrectly.
I know the rule about the floor length curtains and I love both floor-length and pooled curtains, but guess what? I broke the rule. Why? Well, we have a cat. A mischievous little cat that loves to mess with curtains that touch the floor. Why only curtains that touch the floor? No idea, but I'd much rather have (still) beautiful high-water curtains than some torn up threads and a bunch of money down the drain. Plus, floor length curtains tend to get dirty and dusty especially with pets in a home.
Are these shortish-long high-water drapes going to be the new trend? Definitely not.
Will I continue to get flack for making the "mistake" of choosing this length? Sure and that's perfectly fine. To each their own, right?
BUT, will my break from tradition show other homeowners that they CAN and SHOULD bend or break the rules to make design aspects work for their home and family? You betcha.
So what type of rule follower are you? Hard and true, rule breaker or somewhere in the middle?