It can be a bit tricky figuring out how high to hang your chandelier, how many chairs will fit around a round dining table and how much paint you need to cover all your walls so here´s some very handy tips from some of the greatest decorators in the business. Write these down on a little cheat sheet and the next time you need to know how far up the wall to install your light switches.. just refer to this list and you´re good to go.
1 . A 36″ – wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation. A round table with a diameter of 48″ seats six; a 60″ round table with handle eight standard dining chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.
- Charlotte Moss
2. How big should an overhead light 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 for example, a 15 by 20 foot room would need a 35″ wide chandelier
- Bunny Williams
3. One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.
- Alexa Hampton
4. Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1 1/2″ on the floor.
- Miles Redd
5. A Kitchen island should be about 38″ high – a little taller than the countertops – to be comfortable for prep.
- Thomas O’Brien
6. Curtains should be 2 1/2″ to 3 times the width of the width of the window. So if you´re doing two panels, each should be 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 times the width of the window. Buy a rod that´s 20″ wider than your window so it extends 10″ on either side. Your window will seem much wider than it really is.
- Libby Langdon
7. The bottom of a dining room chandelier should hang 36″ above the table
- Thom Filicia
8. Install light switches 36″ above the floor and 1 1/2 to 2″ to the side of the door trim.
- Gil Schafer
9. For a standard 84″ sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you´ll need 14 yards of plain 54″ wide fabric. Add two yards for a skirt.
- Madeline Stuart
10. From classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion : 1 to 1.62.
- Eric Cohler
List of tips from House Beautiful Magazine. All photos from Decorpad except where noted.