I always think about those generic spaces as the "Pinterest look" . You know the rooms, all beautifully organized, cutely accessorized with whatever is trendy at the time, and perfectly matched. Does that make them wrong? Definitely not. I firmly believe we should all live in spaces that make us happy and comfortable. What I am saying is that there are options in design that produce interesting, one of a kind spaces that are usually achieved by playing around with design elements and principles. They are not for everyone.
Have a close look at this space and decide what you like or don't like about it. Check out my thoughts at the end of this post. There are no right or wrong answers.
How closely you adhere to rules is dependent on what results you want to achieve, how well you understand the elements/ principles of design, and how creative you are at applying them. You can do anything in decorating, you just need to act bravely, and figure out how to pull it off. But, before you can break the rules you have to know them.
Can you spot which rules/guidelines were thrown to the four winds in these rooms?