I swear it takes me the whole month to read a magazine. I love shelter mags because they can be a source of inspiration and entertainment. Tonight I'm reading the latest issue of House Beautiful. "101 Designer Secrets" by Lisa Cregan caught my eye. I'm often asked what the "rules" of home decoration are and people seem happiest with answers involving numbers. I'm not saying whether I agree or disagree with any of the following, but the article was full of such answers, so I'll share some with you:
Hang artwork 63" on center above the floor for perfect viewing height.
When framing artwork, specify a mat with 8-ply thickness to create an impressive bevel.
A bed should be no higher than 23" off the floor.
A bench at the foot of a bed should be at least 2" shorter than the width of the mattress.
No more than 6 pillows on the bed.
Mount 5 robe hooks 68" high instead of a towel bar.
Dining room chandeliers should hang 60"-66" above the floor.
End tables should be no less than 30" high.
Bedside tables should be 36-38" high
A rectangular table should be 36" wide.
Give yourself at least 36" of space between the dining table and wall to pull out chairs comfortably.
Wall sconces in a bathroom should be installed 66" above the floor to the center of the fixture.
Drapery panels should have a 1/2" break at the floor.
Put light switches 36" off the floor and 1 1/2" - 2" off the door trim.
When ordering fabric, add 2 yards so that you never run out and you can replace a ruined cushion.
15 watt bulbs simulate candlelight.
Sofas should be 6.5'-7' long.
Install an outlet 28" high behind a console table to allow a lamp to be plugged in with no unsightly cords dripping off the top.
Hope you enjoyed those numbers. Read the whole article in the May 2012 issue of House Beautiful;