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Daring Design1 of 11
By Amy Elisa Keith
Celebs are notorious for bucking convention, and trendsetting style isn’t limited to their wardrobes. Here are ten star homes that challenge traditional notions of interior design. Whether by mixing design eras or eliminating furniture altogether, breaking the rules has never looked so good.
In the Black2 of 11
Rule to Break: Every room should have a pop of color for visual interest.
Why It Works: Socialite Nicky Hilton opts for a black-and-white scheme throughout her West Hollywood home, but creates variety using a combination of prints and textures, including leather, faux fur, Lucite and wood.
When Worlds Collide3 of 11
Rule to Break: Carry a design theme throughout the inside and outside of a space.
Why It Works: The elaborate grotto outside rapper Drake's new mansion keeps with the Old World feel of the home -- including elements like torch sconces -- but fluorescent pool lighting adds an edgy, club-inspired touch.
Brighten Up4 of 11
Rule to Break: Dark floors and walls should be offset with light-colored furnishings.
Why It Works: The Beverly Hills home of designer Kelly Wearstler balances the drama of dark surfaces with floor-to-ceiling windows. Natural light prevents the space from feeling too cave-like or shadowy.
Size Matters5 of 11
Rule to Break: Artwork should be given adequate wall space and should be hung at the eye line, which is generally 57 inches from the ground.
Why It Works: Model Carolyn Murphy's master bathroom features a tall frame of monarch butterflies, which serves as a kind of artistic backsplash for the claw-foot tub. Because of the simplicity and the bare adjacent wall, the piece doesn't overwhelm the space. Instead, it complements the color palette.
Color Caution6 of 11
Rule to Break: Leather furnishings in black or brown are the most versatile.
Why It Works: While purple leather chairs may seem daring, they are right at home -- offset with fabric pillows, sheer drapery and a woven rug – in Kelly Clarkson's Texas country estate. Leather or vinyl feels less harsh when paired with warmer accents.
Setting the Bar7 of 11
Rule to Break: Cocktail bars should be limited to the living room or social space.
Why It Works: All of the bedrooms in Mariah Carey's Bahamian beachfront villa feature wet bars. Making a room both comfortable and convenient trumps the traditional rule and offers guests the ease of having a sunset cocktail in the privacy of their own room.
Dine In8 of 11
Rule to Break: Decorate the kitchen with easy-to-wipe-down surfaces.
Why It Works: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow transforms her kitchen into a real eat-in, entertain-in space by warming it up with typical living room accents: fabric pendant lamps, upholstered armchairs and side benches for extra seating.
Open Seating9 of 11
Rule to Break: A proper seating area includes a large sofa and two side chairs with a coffee table.
Why It Works: In Reese Withersoon's Ojai ranch, the actress opts for a casual arrangement that features an extra armchair and settee off to the side. While not symmetrical, the setup allows easy flow between the furniture bolstered by the easy-to-reach tree-stump side table in the adjacent area.
Master Plan10 of 11
Rule to Break: A vast master bedroom should feature a bench or additional seating.
Why It Works: Ashton Kutcher's Lake Hollywood rental home (being considered for purchase by Justin Bieber) plays up space and expanse. The master bedroom continues with the theme, encouraging the wide-open feel with neutral textiles instead of filling the void with extra furniture.
Missing in Action11 of 11
Rule to Break: Outside of the context of a college dorm, a bed requires a bedframe and proper headboard.
Why It Works: Singer Moby is known for being eccentric, and his house is no different. This all-white room is minimal with unconventional touches like the missing bedframe and headboard, which simply accentuates the unique decor.