Tips and Tricks

Ever wonder what the perfect distance is between your chandelier and dining room table? Or how high you should hang a mirror above a mantel? Just check below for different tips and tricks. And if you want to hang your mirrors from the ceiling and display your artwork on the floor, we’re down with that too. We believe there’s no wrong or right, just great design.

MEASURING UP

  • The perfect viewing point for most artwork is 63” above the floor.
  • The perfect amount of space between a mirror and top of the mantel is 7”.
  • If you’re hanging a series of pictures keep the gap between 2” and 2 ½”.
  • The ideal height to hang a flat-screen TV is eye level when you’re in viewing position. The ideal viewing distance is 1 ½ times the size of your flat screen.
  • Typical sconce height for bathrooms is 66” above the floor.
  • Install an outlet 28″ high behind a console table so you can add lamps without a tangle of cords.
  • Locate light switches approximately 36″ above the floor to stay out of the way of art.

SPACE PLANNING

  • Keep a minimum of 15” between sofas and coffee tables.
  • Float something or two things in the room to avoid the dance hall look.
  • Bathroom vanities at 36” are usually more comfortable and ergonomic than the standard 30”.
  • An ideal length for a kitchen island is 5′ x 8′ so you can sit stools around it but it doesn’t look like an aircraft carrier.

LIGHTING

  • Try to avoid sconces OVER the mirror as it casts unflattering shadows. Sconces that FLANK the mirror are more flattering.
  • Consider something sparkly that can add glamour to the room.
  • For flattering light line your lampshades in soft pink or use GE soft pink 100 watt bulbs.
  • Lighting creates atmosphere and dimmer switches are wonderful in any room.

BEDROOMS

  • For a dream bed, layer it with sheets, a lightweight comforter or coverlet, a duvet at the foot, sleeping pillows against the headboard followed by standards shams, then European shams and the decorative pillows in a contrasting fabric.
  • Try and stop at 6 pillows on a bed: 2 soft extra-long pillows, 2 European squares and if you want more, 2 accent pillows.
  • An ideal height for bedside tables is 36” to 38”.
  • If you love a bench at the foot of a bed try and find one that is 2” shorter than the mattress width.

COLOR

  • Choose colors that make you happy when you walk into a room.
  • Every room needs a touch of black.
  • If you want do a bright color like an orange foyer, then pop that orange in different ways throughout the house.
  • A reflective, glossy glaze on a lower ceiling creates the illusion of height.
  • If the ceiling seems too high, use a matte-finish paint.

ACCESSORIES

  • Small abstract sculptures are an instant way to modernize a traditional room.
  • Display everything in a collection together for impact.
  • Carnations are an inexpensive flower and can be beautiful in a single color and great abundance.
  • The Pickens Flea Market is a great source for truly unique accessories.
  • Marshalls Home Goods has great lamps, trays and mirrors.