This week I would like to
share some tips on what size of art to look for and where to hang it. This is
something I get asked about quite often.
First and foremost you have to consider scale
and proportion. If the art is too small it looks like an awkward little polka
dot, if it's too big it will overwhelm your furniture and your space. A
guideline to follow is to look for 1 piece or a combination of pieces that will
be about 2/3 to 3/4 of the length of the furniture piece it will hang over and
about 2/3 of the height of the space of where it will go.
I found this great tip for an easy way to de-cluttering your closet - turn all your hangers around on January 1st. Once you
wear an item of clothing turn the hanger the other way. Every few months look
at all the items you haven't worn & make the decision to either donate or
recycle. (This would exclude some seasonal items.)
Bonus tip: Using all of the same hangers in your closet helps to
make the space look more organized and unified. All your clothes will
hang the same and having all the same color hangers reduces the visual clutter.
If you plan
to have a formal dinner this Christmas, below is a graphic that shows where
each piece of a place setting is to be placed. Of course if you are not serving
one of the courses, seafood for example, then you could omit the pieces
associated with it.
napkins can be that little extra added touch to any place setting. I found thatMarthastewart.com
has many fabulous ways to fold a napkin. Below are a few ideas to get your creativity rolling. A pine sprig or poinsettia bloom in the pocket fold would look
lovely on a Christmas dinner table.
A quick way
to add some (more) sparkle to your holiday décor is to spray paint some pine
cones. Natural pine cones are a fantastic add to any décor to bring in a touch
of rustic and nature. If you would rather add some glam, then kick things up a
notch with a can of spray paint!
I took these
regular old pine cones that I collected in the fall and sprayed them with a metallic
silver. Rustic to glam in under 5 minutes! Antique silver would also work very
well on pine cones as it would add a shimmer without the harsh contrast of the
The size and location of a rug can make or break
your room; wrong size or placement and your room feels awkward or disconnected,
correct size and placement and your room feels cozy and inviting.
Selecting a rug that is too small
will look disproportionate in your room, creating what I call the "polka
Alternately, selecting a rug that
is too large will dwarf your furniture.
Below are some examples of proper
size and placement for area rugs in your dining room, bedroom and living room.
This is a tricky task as many people make the mistake of hanging
their art too high because they are worried that it will be too low.
There are many scenarios but here are 3 main guidelines to follow when
1. When hanging above a sofa: the bottom of the art shouldn't be
6-8 inches from the top of the sofa.
2. When hanging above a console table: the bottom of the art
shouldn't be more then 10-12 inches from the table.
3. When hanging in a hallway or where it will be mostly viewed
standing up: the centre of the art should be eye level.
So now that
you’ve purchased your new sofa, you want to get new art & accessories to
coordinate with it. The question is, “where do you begin?”
place to start is by looking at your accent cushions. The colors in these accent cushions were
specifically chosen to compliment the color of your sofa so they are the
perfect jumping-off point. One thing
that will make your shopping trip much more enjoyable (efficient?) is to take
an accent cushion with you. This way you
aren’t left guessing if the red in the art you just fell in love with is the
same red as in your cushion.
paint colors can be a very daunting task.
By following a few simple steps this task could be a little less
If you are
starting with a clean slate – no existing furniture, art, accessories that will
dictate a certain color palette:
1) Know which colors you don’t like
& eliminate them right away. This
will help to lessen the amount of colors you will be looking through.
2) Decide whether you want a warm
feeling or cool feeling in the room.