Decorating a room does have some basic rules to follow. I am often asked how far, high, amount, etc. things should be placed in a room. There are general guidelines to use, but many factors go into creating a perfect space. The contents of the room, the placement of objects in a room, size of the room, architectural details etc. all play together to make a space perfect.
These tips might help when decorating and you are not sure or find something is not looking quite as you expected.
Decorating with art, hanging a piece on a blank wall (no furniture around) the center of the frame should be at eye level- approximately 50-60 inches off the floor. Above a couch, the bottom of the picture is typically hung 6″ above the back of the couch. When grouping pictures of different sizes and shapes in a room on different walls, keep the top of the frames or bottoms level throughout the room depending on objects within the room, and sizes of frames. This allows the eye to easily move around the room. Of course, these are only general guidelines but it’s a place to start if you are totally confused.
LIGHTING ABOVE A TABLE
Light fixtures should hang about 30-34 inches above a table for a standard 8-foot ceiling. If the ceiling is higher add an inch for each additional foot beyond the standard 8 feet. You do not want to be sitting at a table with the light fixture obstructing your view.
Decorating with accessories add a lot to a room. Although symmetry can create a calm space within a room, the best way to achieve balance other than symmetry is to work in odd numbers (3, 5, 7 etc. or something) The eye finds this more pleasing.
Speaking of odd numbers, when designing window treatments break the height into thirds also. For instance, if you want your curtain to swag on the side of a window have it come either 1/3 or 2/3 down the side of the height of the window.
DECORATING WITH OTHER ITEMS
When putting down an area rug you should consider to have at least 18 inches between the edge of the rug and wall. There are exceptions such as entryways.
When grouping furniture so guests can comfortably sit and talk place the couch and the armchairs 4-9 feet apart.
Shelving should be open, less is more. Try to keep 30% of the space as open space when adding items. Baskets are a nice way to reduce the cluttered look on shelves.
Kitchen counters… the maximum appliances left on countertops should be no more than 3. Countertops are work areas and they should be kept clear.
Let me know how you have used numbers in helping achieve the perfect room!