Because it’s the first space you walk into when you enter my home, my living room serves as a guest’s first impression of my space and sets the tone for the rest of the house. I put my heart and soul into decorating it, but months later something was still missing. It was a beautiful, neutral space, but one that lacked personality. So I set aside what I thought I knew about decorating and made a few riskier purchases—I had an antique wing chair covered in a seriously mod fabric and added an oversized pastel pink and blue oil painting to the main wall. Just like that, the space felt alive. So I wondered, what other decorating rules are just begging to be broken? Here, the experts weigh in.