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There are many interior design rules of thumb, but today I want to talk about three rules you should never break if you want your designs to look spectacular!

Please note: There are always exceptions to rules, but generally speaking, these three rules are going to lead you in the right direction the vast majority of the time.

  1. Avoid awkward curtain lengths

This is a big one and can feel like nails on a chalkboard if done incorrectly. Drapery rods should be installed close to the ceiling and the drapes should just graze the floor. Of course, puddling drapes are an option as well, but for the majority of spaces, having your drapes just graze the floor is the best look for any space! It’s classic and tailored looking, and not to mention, it’s easier to vacuum or mop when your drapes aren’t puddled. Drapes that are too short remind me of high water pants- it just isn’t quite right. It also shrinks the space! So consider hanging your drapes high on the wall closer to the ceiling, and selecting the correct length.

  1. Choose a properly sized rug

This one can be tough for a lot of people. A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that all your furniture can fit on, or at least the front legs of your sofa and chairs. A rug that’s too small makes the space feel small as well- and this is usually not the goal of a design. If you have a rug that you realize is too small for the space, consider layering rugs. You could purchase a larger jute or natural fiber rug and place it under your existing rug. This is a wonderful way to add dimension and texture to your space.

  1. Hang art at eye level

This rule has exceptions as well, but you will almost always be safe hanging art at eye level. This helps balance the room. Hanging art where the center of the piece is between 57”-60” is generally best. Art that is too high feels aimless, art that is too low shrinks the height of the room. So to avoid those results, hang art at eye level. 

These rules are great ways to steer around design faux pas and have your designs looking fabulous. But remember, at the end of the day, you should trust your gut- especially if it’s in your own home.

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