I’ve seen a lot of houses over the years. Some are beautifully decorated, some horribly decorated, some not decorated at all.
But there are four main decorating mistakes that I have noticed over and over again in many houses. And they are, for the most part, quite easy to remedy.
The problem with art is twofold.
1. Hanging your art too high. This is a common error. The problem with hanging your art too high is that it creates a disconnect between the furniture & furnishings. Your room should read as a coherent pleasing space and hanging the art too high defeats this purpose. Hang your art so that the center of the piece is 60-63 in. from the floor.
2. Hanging pieces that are too small or too far apart. Hanging small art on large walls is very visually distracting. It gives the impression they are ‘floating away’. You CAN hang small pieces on a large wall if you group several of them together so that they ‘read’ as one large piece. Keep the space between each piece no more than 2-3 inches.
The most common problem with rugs is that they are usually too small for the space. Simple rule of thumb: make sure AT LEAST the front legs of each piece of seating furniture rests on the rug. Even larger is better.
Length: Do not hang your rods on the window frame or just above it. Hang higher, ideally halfway to two thirds between the ceiling and the top of the window. And the length of your drapery should touch the floor, either skimming it or puddling a couple of inches.
Width: If possible, extend your rod so that when the panels are opened, only the window frames are covered and all the actual glass is exposed. It make for a larger looking window and allows more light in as well…which is always a plus.
Did you know your room will look larger if all the furniture is not pushed back against the wall, especially your seating? Pull your furniture out from the wall. If you have space, you could place a sofa table behind a sofa. Even if it is a very small room, move the sofa 6 inches away from the wall. The placement of the furniture is to facilitate conversation, so in a large room, bring your furniture pieces closer together.
If you have some decorating questions, drop me a line and we can arrange for a consultation of your problem area.