Hello, there! Are you ready to get a little nerdy with some design measurements? Because everybody who has a roof over their head may benefit from a couple of them.
Did you realize that some interior design principles and guidelines are universally appealing? Now, I understand that some of you enjoy breaking the rules, and I do as well, but if you have a space that simply feels “wrong,” some of the rules and principles listed below can be the right solution.
Today, I’m going to talk about photo heights, curtain measures, rug sizes, and my favorite interior design tip: the rule of threes.
HEIGHTS OF PHOTOS
Ah, the age-old dilemma of where to put the painting on the wall. Some folks, I’ve discovered, have a habit of hanging photographs too high or too near to the ceiling. When a photo is hung too high, it makes your space appear smaller than it is and throws off the room’s proportions completely. When it comes to hanging pictures, the greatest rule of thumb is to place them 57 inches apart “in the middle 57 “is average eye level, and on-center refers to the photo frame’s precise center.
HOW TO MEASURE FOR 57″ ON-CENTER:
1. Mark 57″ high on the wall
2. Measure your picture frame height and divide in half (x)
3. Measure the distance from the top of the frame to where the wall bracket on the frame is (typically 1″-3″ depending on size of the frame) (y)
4. Do the math and find out where to nail into the wall
57″ (on wall) + (x-y) = height of nail
Picture frame = 20″H x 16″W (hanging vertically)
Wall bracket = 2″ from top of frame
20/2 = 10
x = 10
y = 2
57+ (10-2) = 65″ H
Hammer your nail into the wall at 65″H
HOW TO MEASURE GALLERY WALL HEIGHTS:
Hang a huge focus piece (like the one in my photo) 57″ from the floor on center, then space the rest out according to the first photo. Start with the center frame at 57 if your frames are comparable in size “start in the middle and work outwards from there. Because gallery walls are all about proportions, you may omit the 57-inch rule if you’re decorating a wall with unusually high or low ceilings “To make it appear best on your wall, adjust it slightly higher or lower.
Furthermore, when hanging gallery walls, the human eye like to have greater “weight” at the bottom and lighter at the top; this aesthetic is prevalent in nature. When hanging artwork, keep in mind that heavy/dark/large frames should be hung on the left and bottom. Darker colors should be closer to the left and bottom of your gallery wall, while lighter colors should be closer to the top and right. Your guests may not realize you did it on purpose, but they will certainly notice how nice it looks! As an example, have a look at the snapshot of my living room.
WHERE SHOULD I HANG MY ART IF IT’S ABOVE FURNITURE?
Depending on the height of the furniture and the height of your ceilings, you may hang frames over a couch or credenza anywhere from 57″ to 66″ on center. The lowest frame should typically dangle 4-8″ above the top of the furniture, while the tallest frame should be at LEAST 4″ from the ceiling/moulding.
MEASUREMENTS FOR THE CURTAIN
If you’re hanging curtains in your room, it’s critical that you understand how to measure and hang them so that they seem proportional to the area. Curtains may be used to make a tall space feel cozier or a short one feel taller.
IMPROVE THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR ROOM
You don’t want your curtains to be too near to the window frame, and most people like their ceilings to appear taller, so put your curtain rods 6-12″ above the window frame to instantly lengthen the space.
MAKE YOUR LARGE ROOM FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE
Two-toned or color block curtains may help make a room with lofty ceilings feel more personal and help break up the long lines of tall windows if you’re lucky enough to have them or just want to make a space feel cozier. Curtains in white or ivory with a navy, grey, or grey-blue block trim at the bottom are my favorite.
This is not only a really easy DIY if you or someone you know has a sewing machine and understands how to use it, but it will also make your space appear ultra-tailored!
SIZES OF RUGS
Rugs are the most effective method to ground your furniture and make a space seem more full and comfortable. With the right rug size, you can prevent the look of “floating furniture.” The best rule of thumb for determining the correct size is to ensure that the rug contacts all of your furniture’s front legs.
Your rug can reach up to 18″ behind your furniture if you have a really spacious space with furniture floating in the middle. However, leave 12″-24″ of bare floor between the edge of the rug and the wall to avoid seeming like you tried to carpet your floor but mismeasured by a few inches.
DO NOT PURCHASE POSTAGE STAMPS.
Avoid the little “postage stamp” rug at all costs, I say, AVOID IT AT ALL COSTS. This is a rug that is too little for the space and does not tie everything together. Although a smaller rug may be less expensive, it will dramatically change the ambiance of the space, making it feel uncomfortable and unfinished rather than warm. The only places where a “postage stamp” rug is suitable are your front doormat, kitchen sink, and bathroom. THAT’S ALL! You can’t go wrong when picking a rug size if you follow the suggestions below.
These are just a few of the most typical design issues I see clients face, and maybe these pointers will help you tick off a few more boxes on your way to making our house seem more like a home! These are just a few G4H guidelines to get you started. Every area is unique, so do what feels and looks good to you at the end of the day. After all, you do have to look at it every day!