Space Planning & Layout
The layout of a room involves the correct placement of furniture & accessories and should take into account the scale, traffic flow, comfort, focal points and proportion of the room. A room should have a maximum of two focal points such as the tv, window or fireplace.
Tips # 3
How do I decide on a colour scheme?
Paint is the biggest impact in any home and choosing colour you love will help you build a colour scheme to compliment your style and furnishings.
Colours are a key component to bringing everything together in a space and setting the mood for any room . Start looking for colour cues by reviewing decor items you love and have a connection with emotionally. To build a colour scheme around a room use an area rug, artwork or a fabric you love as inspiration and note the three main colours featured in each piece. This is a guide to then use these colors in various tones and shades or look at colours that complement one of the main colours. Think of each room in terms of the mood you want to create be it soft and subtle, warm and inviting or bright and bold.
How high should I hang my artwork and what size of artwork?
Hang artwork between 60 to 65 inches from the floor to the centre of the art. For hallways and stairs a few inches higher or for a living room or dining room a few inches lower for optimal viewing while sitting. Keep artwork in proportion to the furnishings in the room. Artwork over a sofa should be 2/3 the full width of the sofa and not higher than 10 inches from the back of the sofa.
How many light sources do I need in a room?
Ideally there should be three lights in a room. This can include different forms and types such as overhead main lighting, functional task lighting and mood lighting. In a dining room the chandelier should hang 30 inches above the dining table. Adding a dimmer switch is a simple change in light control that creates a softer illumination.
How do I choose and display accessories?
When choosing accessories look for pieces that will coordinate with the style and colour of the room. If you don't love it, live without it as accessories should be a reflection of your personality or style. It is best to group accessories in odd numbers, preferably threes, while also having a variation in the height of objects. Accessories add a finishing touch to any room and can be easily updated or changed. Pillows, artwork, lighting and treasured pieces help create your own unique style.
How do I coordinate fabrics?
Fabrics need to complement each other and not compete in terms of colour, pattern and scale. The blend of using colour, patterns and scale are important when choosing fabric in relation the balance of the room, furnishings and style of the homeowner.
If possible choose all fabrics together to keep the scale of patterns and clance of colour in relation to the other fabrics and room. Try not to have too many patterns as this can have too coordinated look or be too busy.
Where do I put the TV?
To find the recommended viewing distance for your television multiply the diagonal width of your TV screen by 3. The bottom of the screen should be at chest level, no higher than your chin. Think about function and look when choosing where to place the TV as in most rooms it is a focal point.
Where do I hang drapery hardware?
Create the perfect look with draperies to add a final touch and pull the colour scheme of a room together, add softness and texture .A drapery rod, or track should be mounted at least 2 inches above the window frame. Drapery panels should extend 6 to 18 inches on either side of the window to maximize the light and viewing area of the window.
Tip # 10
What size area rug do I need?
Often overlooked is the importance an area rug has in shaping the décor for any room.
An area rug used in any room should be at least 6 inches under the furniture and all pieces of furniture should be on the rug. A rug in the dining room should extend 2 feet from the edge of the dining table to allow the chair to be on the rug when pulled out for dining.