20 Rule of Thumb Measurements for Decorating Your Home!

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Looking for some help on how high to hang your art or what size rug or chandelier you should buy? This post is for you! Whenever I’m getting ready to hang art or drapes or am thinking about buying overhead lighting, I end up having to rummage through the papers on my desk to find the scribbled notes with my favorite “rule of thumb” measurements. I decided it was time to put my tried and true rules together and post them online so that I (and you also!) can easily reference them.
  • For a single piece of art, the center of the image should be at 56″ – 60″ from the floor, which places it at eye level. The larger the piece of art, the closer to 56″ it should be.
  • When hanging two pieces of artwork, one above another, treat them as one large picture – find the center point between them and use the 56″ – 60″ rule.
  • For larger pieces of art hung on the same wall, use a spacing of about 2″ between them. Smaller pieces can be hung a little closer together. 
  • When hanging art pieces above a sofa or other piece of furniture, the grouping should ideally be about 2/3 the width of the furniture below it. (For example, if an art grouping is being hung over a 60″ sofa, the ideal grouping would about 40″ in length.)
  • When hanging artwork over a sofa or other piece of furniture, leave 4″- 8″ of space between the top of the sofa/furniture and the bottom of the art. No higher!
 
Window Treatments
  • Buy drapery panels that will either kiss the floor or puddle on it.
  • To create the illusion of a taller window, mount drapery rods 4″ – 8″ above the window casing.
  • To make your windows appear wider and let in extra light, extend the rods anywhere between 4″ and 10″ (excluding finials) beyond the window casing. 
  • Drapery panels should have a combined width of 2-3 times the width of the window so if you have two panels framing a window, each panel should be 1 to 1½ times the window width. 
Light Fixtures
For a chandelier that will hang over a table:
  • The width of the chandelier should be about 1/2 to 2/3 the width of the table it will be hanging over.
  • The width of the chandelier should be about a foot less than the width of the table at its widest point. 
  • The bottom of the chandelier should hang between 30″ – 36″ above the surface of the table when there is an 8′ ceiling. For higher ceilings, you can hang the chandelier up to 3″ higher for each additional foot of ceiling. 
For overhead fixtures in rooms such as a living room or entry way that are not hanging over a table:

  • To determine a good width for your light fixture, measure the length and width of the room in feet and add those two measurements together – the number that you come up with is, in inches, a good appropriate width (For example, if your room measures 10 feet x 15 feet, add 10 + 15 to get 25. A 25″ wide fixture would be appropriate for this space.) For rooms with high ceilings, you can add up to 6″ or more to the width of the chandelier.
  • To determine a good height for your light fixture, multiply the height of your ceiling (in feet) by 2.5 and by 3. The height of your fixture should be, in inches, somewhere in this range. (For example, if you have 8 foot ceilings, 8 x 2.5 = 20 and 8 x 3 = 24. An appropriate height for your light fixture would be between 20″ and 24″ when measured from the ceiling to the bottom of the fixture). 
  • An overhead fixture that will be walked under, such as in the entry, should hang 7 feet or more above the floor.
 
  • Rugs under a dining room table should be at least 24″ wider and longer than the table, allowing the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug even when the chairs are pushed out.
  • Area rugs under a bed should extend at least 18-24″ beyond each side of the bed.
  • For most typically sized rooms, there should be approximately 10″ – 18″ of bare floor between the edges of the area rug and the walls of the room. For small rooms, approximately 8″ of exposed floor is a good rule of thumb.

The last two (and maybe most important) rules:

  • Take a few minutes to consider these measurements before purchasing drapes, lighting, or rugs – it may help you avoid making a purchase you’ll later regret. However…. 
  • Don’t be afraid to break the rules! The rules are meant to help you, not to squash your creativity or the fun of decorating. If you’ve tried something with a room that doesn’t fit with these measurement “rules” but looks and feels right to you, go for it!  Some of the most gorgeously designed rooms break every rule in the book! 
Looking for some more rule of thumb measurements about ceiling fans, and dining chairs and tables? You’ll want to check out this post: 10 More Rule of Thumb Measurements for Decorating Your Home

Pillow Giveaway From ElemenOPillows!

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This giveaway is now closed – thanks for entering! Happy Wednesday friends! I’ve got a fabulous giveaway for you today from Etsy shop ElemenOPillows, which sells modern, fresh, chic, and affordable pillow slipcovers! The shop’s owner, Karen, has a lifelong passion for fabrics, sewing, and decorating that led her to launch ElemenOPillows on Etsy in late 2011. Not only has she already filled orders for thousands of pillow slipcovers, but she even had her pillows featured on the Nate Berkus show! Karen works out of a sewing studio in her home, where she hand-sews her pillow covers using all of these gorgeous fabrics and more: The pillow covers can be slipped over a pillow you already own or over a pillow insert.  I love the whole concept of pillow covers – years ago I invested in some nice down pillow inserts and then whenever I want to change up the […]

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