There are several different ways to achieve the home catalogue design look. Interior designers weigh in on the basic rules of design.
- Rule of Thirds – The idea behind the basic rule of design with accessories is that objects need to be grouped in odd numbers, as this makes them more appealing than even-numbered pairings. Groupings should be in various heights and something should differ about each piece. However, something should also be similar to draw the grouping together.
- Focal Point – A room should have a focal point. This may include painting one wall a different color, accessorizing shelves or adding artwork to the home. Additionally, bookshelves can be a focal point in reading areas or large furniture can be the single point in rooms. Large artwork or mirrors also make excellent focal points. Once a focal point is set, balance the rest of the room around this area.
- Measurements – The following
measurements will help make a room look its best.
- Coffee Table – Keep a minimum of 15 to 18 inches between coffee tables and sofas.
- Art – Art needs to be centered at eye level. This is approximately 56 to 60 inches from the floor. If hanging multiple art arrangements, use this measurement as the center for the entire arrangement. If hanging artwork above a sofa, make sure it measures no more than 2/3 of the width of the sofa. It is also important to leave approximately 5 to 9 inches of space between the art and each side of the sofa.
- Curtains – Curtains require 1 to 3 inches of overlap on each side of the window. When measuring height, mount curtain rods an extra 4 inches from the top of the window.
- TV Distance – To find the appropriate TV viewing distance, multiply the diagonal size of the TV by two. This is how many inches the TV should be from the main seating area.
- Rugs – If a rug is large enough, all furniture can be placed on top, if a gap of 12 to 18 inches remains on the four sides of the rug. For smaller areas, a smaller rug can accommodate leaving all furniture on the rug. Some designers choose to put the two front feet of the furniture on the rug, which creates a feeling of openness.
- Negative Space – Just like editing jargon from sentences, rooms can be edited to remove clutter. This can include softening lines by adding curved furniture, angular lines and functioning space.
- Lighting – Layer lighting to include a wide variety, such as ambient, task and accent. Ambient lighting includes overhead lighting. Task lighting can include reading or under-cabinet lighting. Accent lighting highlights specific objects, such as artwork.
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