9 Décor Tricks to Guarantee a Polished Space
When it comes to creating a cohesive look at home, there are certain decorating “rules” and tricks that can take a space from good to great and flat to fantastic. From nailing the right height to hang a statement art piece to ensuring your dining room light fixtures are properly placed, the below nine tricks of the trade should all be added to your decorating arsenal to guarantee a stylish space every time.
Dining room pendants and chandeliers should be hung 30 to 34 inches above the tabletop based on an eight-foot ceiling height. For each additional foot of ceiling height, add an additional three inches for the most visually pleasing placement.
If you’re in an older home that has less than perfectly smooth walls or ceilings, opt to use a flat paint finish (meaning very little or no sheen) to disguise imperfections. This is particularly important in homes with curved and sloped walls and ceilings. The higher the gloss level in a paint finish, the less forgiving it is of imperfections.
If you’re hanging a single art piece over a sofa, aim to hang the artwork so the bottom of the piece hits six to nine inches above the top of the sofa. If you're hanging a piece on a wall without furniture, the center of the artwork should be placed at roughly eye level. Hung too high, it will look like the art is missing a piece of furniture beneath it, and if hung too low, it will just look misplaced.
In small rooms with limited square footage, save space by installing sconces in lieu of using precious table space for lamps. You’ll be able to utilise a smaller table without having to forgo accent lighting due to lack of a suitable surface.
If you’re adding a mirror to a space to reflect light and make a room seem larger, double the effect by hanging rectangular mirrors vertically to draw the eye up and reinforce the room’s lines. Though you may be inclined to hang a mirror horizontally over a buffet, mantle, or sofa, by hanging it vertically, you’ll visually raise the ceilings. Hang a pair of sconces on either side to fill the space if you feel the mirror looks lonely on its own.
When arranging living or family room furniture, opt for an H-shaped plan or U-shaped configuration to encourage conversation and maintain flow. In an H-shaped plan, a pair of lounge chairs faces the sofa with a coffee table in between. In a U-shaped plan, two chairs face each other with the sofa in the middle, like the arrangement seen in the room above.
If you’re having trouble pulling a space together or coming up with a stylish colour scheme, keep the space neutral or play with only using tones in the same colour family for a foolproof design that always looks polished.
Make your windows seem taller and wider than they actually are by hanging drapery as wide on the window and close to the ceiling as possible. The additional length will give the impression your ceilings are higher, while wider hanging drapery will make your window look larger and allow more light to come in.
If you want to bring in an accent chair to fill a lonely corner, keep it from looking like an afterthought by also adding a small side table or floor lamp. The additional items will make the space feel purposefully designed and more useful than a single item on its own.