Rule of Thumb: Basic Measurements For Home Decor

Do you ever wonder about measurements when it comes to your home decor, such as just how many inches you’re supposed to put between the floor and your artwork or your light fixture? Do you ever wonder just how many inches you’re supposed to have between the edge of your rug and your baseboards? Well no worries, we have your answers! This post is going to have a lot of information in it when it comes to measurements, but it’s all very important and easy to follow. We are going to cover the measurement rules when it comes to hanging wall art, light fixtures, window treatments, and rugs. We want to include you in on these secrets so you can consider all these rules when purchasing these items.

Wall Art

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If you’re just hanging one piece of artwork, make sure the center of the art is somewhere between 56” and 60” from the floor. If you’re hanging two pieces that are going to be stacked one above the other, make sure the center of both of them combined is between 56” and 60” from the floor. If you’re hanging more than one large piece on the wall, make sure they’re 2” to 3” apart. The smaller pieces can be hung closer if you’d like. When you start to hang art in the living room above a couch or any other furniture, the art or art grouping should be 2/3 the width of the furniture item below it. Keep in mind to put it 5” to 9” between the piece of furniture and the bottom of the artwork.

Light Fixtures

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The width of the light fixtures should be at least half the width of the table it is hanging over. The bottom of the chandelier should be 30” to 34” above the top of the table when the ceiling is at least 8 feet high. Every foot past 8 feet, you should add 3 more inches. A light fixture that will not be over a table and will be walked under should hang 7 feet or more above the floor.

Window Treatments

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The first and most important rule when it comes to window treatments is to make sure to buy drapery panels that will touch the floor!! It doesn’t matter if it just touches or if it puddles, just as long as it hits the floor. If you have low ceilings, try to mount your drapery rods 4” to 8” about the window casing. To make your windows appear wider and let more light in making the room itself appear larger, extend the rods 4” to 10” wider than the window casing. The last rule about drapery is to make sure that the combined width of the drapery is 2 to 3 times the width of the window. For example, if you have two panels framing a window, each individual panel should be 1 to 1.5 times the width of the whole window.

Rugs

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Rugs have all different rules depending on what room they are located in. When you have a rug in a dining room, it should be at least 24” to 30” wider and longer than the dining room table which will allow the chairs to be pushed out with the back legs staying on the rug. When the rug is in the bedroom, make sure the rug reaches 18” to 24” past each side of the bed. In most other rooms, there should be 12” to 18” of bare floor between the edges of the rug and the baseboards. For small rooms, 8” is good and acceptable.

Take into consideration all of these measurements when buying the products. They’re pretty basic and easy to follow, and they will have a huge positive effect on each room. With that being said, don’t be afraid to break some of these rules. Just because these are basic rules, doesn’t mean they should diminish your creativity! You’re supposed to have fun while picking out home décor. After all, it is your home!

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4 Most Common Interior Design Mistakes

When it comes to interior design and decorating your home, people tend to make some very easy to miss mistakes. Don’t feel bad, because they’re extremely common! We’re just here to constructively point them out and let you know how easily they can be fixed.

Window Mis-Treatment

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Window Treatments are so important to a space, and though we could easily do a whole post just about window do’s and don’ts, here are the basics to making your windows fabulous. First, we’ll cover the length. Window treatments MUST touch the floor. They can be barely kissing it, or dragging by a few inches, but the hem of your panels needs to meet the floor. Next, let’s talk width. Maximize the width of your windows! Panels should frame your window, not cover it up. Drapery Panels should be hung so that when gathered, they barely cover the edge of the window. This will give the illusion that the window is bigger than it is, and it will maximize your natural light. Last, we’ll talk about the height. Instead of hanging your rod directly on top of the window, bring it up! Ideally, the rod should be hung half-way between the top of the window and your ceiling. This brings the eye continuously from floor to ceiling, elongating your space instead of chopping it up.

Rug Neglecting

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RUGS ARE THE BOMB! Use them. Love them. Put one in every room. But really, we use rugs in almost every space we design! Even on carpet you may ask? ABSOLUTELY. An area rug will define your conversation space, give depth to your design, and save your flooring. Not to mention, rugs bring the opportunity to make a statement! Whether neutral or vibrant, nothing introduces the style in a space faster than a rug, or makes a bigger impact. Rugs are definitely an investment, but they are one worth making. And let’s not forget, they don’t have to break the bank.

Art Interference

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I’m not in the NBA, and I am going to venture a guess to say that most of your house-guests aren’t either. This means that your art should NOT be hung eye-level to someone who is 6’10. There is a common misconception that hanging art and wall décor higher will bring the eye up and create height in your space. In actuality, when art and decor is hung too high, it creates a disconnect between the art and furniture, halting the harmony of your space. Art should generally be hung 63″ above the floor, or so the center of the piece is eye-level to someone who is about 5’6″.

Space planning

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Space planning is the foundation of every room, and having your furniture set appropriately makes a huge difference. The fourth most common design mistake is having your furniture pushed up against the walls or to the edge of the room in an open floor plan. With few exceptions, main furniture pieces should never be directly against the wall. Even in small spaces, there should be a few inches between. When one piece is anchored against a wall, the others should be brought to it, not shoved all the way against the opposite wall. This is another way area rugs can come in handy, as a guide to help you space plan!

We hope these key suggestions have helped you out!

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