Decorating by Numbers!
Getting your measurements right the first time will make everyone happy! How many times do we do something and then say, “That doesn’t look good!” or it needs to higher, or lower? I know I have done it more than once. I came across this Decorate by Numbers! – Get your measurements right in the House Beautiful magazine and wanted to share it with my readers, Thank you House Beautiful – you are an awesome magazine and great decorating tips and articles.
1. Know your tables: A 36 inch wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation. A Round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six; a 60 inch round will handle eight standard dinning chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.
2. How big should an overhead light fixture be? Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter. So a 15-by-20 foot room would need a 35 inch wide chandelier.
3. One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.
4. Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1 1/2 inches on the floor.
5. Kitchen island should be about 38 inches high – a little taller than the counter tops to be comfortable for food preparation.
6. Curtains should be 2 1/2 to 3 times the width of the window. So if you’re doing two panels, each should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 times the window width.
Purchase a curtain rod that is 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side. Your window will seem much wider than it really it.
7. The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hand 36 inches above the table. This is actually my home and I checked my chandelier and I was 35 7/8″ – got lucky on that one!
8. Install light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1 1/2 to 2 inches to the side of the door trim.
9. For a standard 84″ inch sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you’ll need 14 yards of plain 54 inch wide fabric. Add two yards for skirt.
10. From Classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion: 1 to 1.62. At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing.
Hope you learned something new about decorating, I know I did when I read it.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes in your home?
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