Everything Chihuahuas Can Teach Us About Interior Design

I have two Chihuahua mixes and, well, they rule. They fit in just about everywhere. And I do mean anywhere — at a handbag, burrowed under the covers or curled upward amazingly on the smallest pillow you’ve ever seen.

But Chihuahuas have yet another hidden talent: They’re a fantastic source for interior design hints. Maybe it’s because these dogs can be so flexible in personality and looks. I know, I know, all dogs are unique to some degree, but I truly think Chihuahuas are special. No two ever appear to be equally. I was raised with a collie, and to the day whenever I visit a collie, I believe I am staring down the mosquito-nose face of my old Molly.

“Chihuahuas have their own thoughts,” says Tanya King, who photographs puppies frequently for Modern Dog magazine. “They’re unpredictable and have a whole lot of different looks. Some dogs have one appearance. Chihuahuas’ expressions are a little more different — tongues stuck out all of the time, larger head, little snout — you do not understand what you are likely to get.”

Chihuahuas can teach you how little things can bring you big joy. For today have them demonstrate some simple home design hints.

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Play with scale. It is important to juxtapose huge items with little ones to bring balance to your own decor. If you’ve got a big couch, add some pillows — or a Chihuahua — to help bring it down to size inside the total scheme of the space.

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Embrace symmetry. This household is undoubtedly more happy with two pups running around rather than one. A fantastic guideline when approaching design is to use symmetry to balance your decoration. A lamp on both sides, two white pillows, two blue ones, two rectangular pieces of artwork and 2 Chihuahuas create harmony in this bedroom.

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Be a big softie. Don’t write off soft colors and neutral palettes as playing it safe. Lightening tones and choosing in-between colors is a little effort with large sting, just like a Chihuahua.

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Contrast styles. Just enjoy these black and white Chihuahuas, this chamber combines modern features, like polished concrete floors, with a more rustic Southwest style. By combining two seemingly disparate designs, you often arrive at something greater than the sum of these components.

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Use brownish to create warm, rich insides. Brown within an whole palette is tough to pull away. But give it your attention and love, and it’ll reward you with exactly the exact same. (I completely ripped that off from Marley & Me.)

Here the Ralph Lauren Bridle paint colour pulls in the timber furnishings for a look that celebrates — and elevates — the catchy colour.

When in doubt, go with classic white. It’s easy to feel pressured into picking vibrant colors — thanks, Anna Wintour — but classic white and soft creams can set the stage for the most vibrant character.

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Be one of some kind. You won’t meet another pup like Lola here. Too special for mass production. The decoration follows suit. A CD player that resembles a vintage radio, a reupholstered wingback chair and an old photograph of the homeowner make this space really personalized.

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Above all, select what is comfy. Picking a complex style and trying to execute it may not be your thing. No worries. Just stick with what makes you comfy. Soft linens and well-worn leather are a fantastic place to start.

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