As if decorating a new home weren't tricky enough, trying to keep up with old-school design rules as you navigate the aisles of Home Depot makes the task even tougher. But times are a'changing -- and if the fact that you can wear white after Labor Day isn't proof enough, then try painting your ceiling and see what kind of response you get.
1. Don't mix and match countertops. Whether you're mixing materials or colors, mismatching countertops is an excellent way to make a strong statement in a kitchen, or to draw attention to a beautifully designed island.