Designing your space can sometimes seem so overwhelming. How high should you hang art? How long should your window drapery panels be? Or what size of rug works for your space? Its enough to make just about anyone throw up their hands and give up. Or worse, make costly design mistakes that could have easily been avoided. I’m going to give you some easy go to design rules to follow today. You’ll notice as you go through them that there is a big pattern…2/3 is the golden number! Lets do this….
- Art should be about 50-56″ above the floor, this is approximately eye level. Large pieces need to be closer to the 56″ height. If you were to divide your wall into 3 equal sections horizontally and 3 equal sections vertically, your art should be centered in the middle square.
- When hanging art above a piece of furniture it needs to be about 2/3rds the size of the furniture. If a sofa is 70″ long, your art should be about 40″ wide.
- If you are hanging multiple pieces next to each other, large pieces can be 2-3″ apart. Smaller pieces should be about 1-2″ apart.
- If you are hanging multiple pieces vertically, use the height rule as if its one large piece.
- Drapery panels should be long enough to just kiss the floor or puddle on it.
- Hang your drapery rod 2-3 down from the ceiling instead of 2-3 inches above the window. This will draw the eye up instead of cutting off the room at the window height.
- Your drapery panel width should be 2-3 times the width of your window. If your window is 5′ wide, this means your panel widths total should be at least 120″ if not 180″. The more width to your panels the fuller your folds will be.
- Extend your rod (not including the finials) up to 10″ on either side of the window. This gives the illusion of a wider window and allows for more light.
- When hanging a chandelier over a table it should be about 36″ above the table top, with standard 8′ ceilings. For taller ceilings it can be 3″ higher for each 1′ above 8′.
- The chandelier width should be at least 1/2 the length of the table, up to 2/3rds the total length.
- The table should be at least 1 ft wider than the chandelier at its widest point.
- For an overhead chandelier (such as in an entry way) should be at least 7′ above the floor.
- Rugs should leave 12″-18″ of bare floor between the wall and the edge of the rug.
- Rugs under a dining table should be at least 24-30″ larger than the table in width and length.
- Measure twice and buy once! Double check your measurements before buying rugs and drapery treatments to avoid a costly mistake.
- Rules are meant to be broken. If something doesn’t work for your space, break the rules and go with what looks best 🙂