Top 7 Basic Interior Design Rules You Should Follow

Choosing the right furniture or finding that perfect space to place it can be troublesome. To help you here are 7 Basic Interior Design Rules that will enhance your living space.

Home is where your art is

Do not make that fundamental mistake of placing artwork too high or too low. Regardless of the size of the room pictures should be hung with people in mind preferably at eye level. If you are hanging more than one in the same area have the largest in a central position. There are intimate design ideas that break this convention such as placing small pieces of artwork near a lamp or above a small table.

Choose the right rug

The general design rule with rugs is to buy one that is the right size for your room. Too small and it will look lost, too big and it will look like a carpet. The length of your sofa will often dictate the size of the rug you need. So take measurements when you go out to purchase. The rug should be big enough for the sofa legs to rest on the edge.


Watch that space!

Overly large pieces of furniture in your living space will give a cluttered feel to your room. How you place furniture can have a similar effect. Design rules suggest placing the sofa with a space of around forty five centimetres away from a coffee table. Both sofa and table need to be in proportion to one another and placed for functionality.

Properly dressed windows

Curtains help frame your windows but if cut too short they can look odd. For best effect choose a length that allows the hem of the curtain to just about brush the floor. When working out the width of material needed measure the width of the window and consider getting curtains with a combined width up to twice as much as the window.

Make the kitchen work for you

In the kitchen work surfaces and spaces need to have safety in mind. When considering a kitchen island ensure it is right for the size of your kitchen. It is recommended that you go no smaller than a metre square in surface area but do not forget a thirty centimetre overhang for stools. Islands or opposing worktops need to have a space no less than 1.2m from other surfaces for safe movement.

How much shade do you really need?

Design rules suggest that you should not have too big a shade on your lamps. As a rule it is the height of the base part of the lamp that dictates the size of shade. A shade’s width should not be greater than the height of the base. The height of the shade, meanwhile, should not exceed three quarters the height of the lamp base.

A bright idea with lights

Room lighting, particularly in dining rooms, can add ambience and atmosphere. But the wrong size or hung to low can destroy the look you want to create. Proportion rules suggest that fittings for pendants or chandeliers should be no less than a half and no more than two thirds the width of the table. Follow the same measurements with long and slim fittings but take into account the length of the table.

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