Posted by: Hewitt & Habgood Realty Group | August 4, 2011

Decorating Tips

We recently came across a very interesting article that could almost be termed decorating for dummies, but we thought it had some very helpful hints for the decorating impaired.  The article comes from a recent issue of “House Beautiful” and offers readers a “top 10” tip for decorating any area whether it is a home or office.  Here are some of the tips we found useful:

Wondering what types of tables to use in different scenarios? Charlotte Moss, designer extraordinaire and contributor to publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest, says that “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 dining chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.”  I guess the only decision to made by you the consumer is 1) Do you want to be conversational with your guests, and 2) How many guests you want to be around the table is dependent on what style of chair you choose.

Have you ever walked into a home and wondered why the owner installed an 85 inch chandelier in a 10×10 dining room?  Interior Designer Bunny Williams, of Bunny Williams Inc, says “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 fixtures diameter.  So a 15×20 foot room would need a 35 inch wide chandelier.”  Designer Thom Filicia goes on to add, “The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hang 36 inches above the table.”

Additionally, window treatments can give us all fits if not installed properly, thus a generous portion of putty to fill the trial and error holes is needed when embarking on this journey.  A good rule of thumb offered by designer Miles Redd is to, “Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1-1/2 inches on the floor. “

Interior designer and expert commentator of HGTV’s show Small Space, Big Style Libby Langdon said, “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.  Buy a rod that’s 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side.  Your window will seem much wider than it really is.

 If only we had known this information three house purchases ago!

*Design information used in this blog can be found in the July/August 2011 issue of House Beautiful

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