Vancouver interior designer Amber Kingsnorth dishes on home-decorating rules worth breaking

From “don’t mix metals” to “tiles belong on kitchen walls” to “avoid dark colours in tight spaces”, so-called rules dominate the realm of interior design. But according to Amber Kingsnorth, interior designer and principal of local firm MāK Interiors, breaking from tradition has its benefits. “It’s fun, for one thing,” she tells the Straight by phone, “and it’s nice to go against the norm because, for me, design is about creating a personalized space. If you want it to exude who you are, then you have to break some rules to build an aesthetic around that.”

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