The newest issue of British Livingetc is definitely a visual feast of all different kinds of spaces, from clutter free and minimal to Sibella Court's (an australian interior stylist who moved to NYC in 1999) bohemian-chic loft that mixes vintage, modern, and finds from around the world. The whole mag is worth the look. The mix of styles, architecture, lighting and endless ideas throughout every page makes one wonder what is possible.
I've posted some pics of a few pieces found in the magazine that are not following any particular rules but work in the context that they are in. I get asked all the time about what might "go with what." The answer can be a bit complicated due to the fact that the solution to that problem isn't the same every time. Context, lifestyle and YOU, have everything to do with the answer. What works for one, certainly may not for another. Both are correct and true, but not necessarily for each other.
I always encourage risk taking when it comes to putting together your home. I encourage it in life as well, but that's a whole other story. Look back on your life find the moments that were the ones that moved you forward. The ones that raised the bar and the "mistakes" which created a new and wonderful way of living, working and being. The interesting thing is that even as those times are the ones that might bring a successful new venture or scenario, most of us tend to go back to "playing it safe." Remember the risks. Recall the results. Learn from them and plan on taking some new ones.
Go forth & design well!