2 – Art is a great accent in any home but nothing will throw me off more than art that is hung too high and not aligned properly. The center of your art should be hung at eye level. Your eye level, since you will be the one enjoying it the majority of the time. All of your pieces should also be aligned in the center.
3 – Curtains should always be installed above the window frame. Closer to the ceiling, preferably. This will make your ceiling appear higher than it is. They should also be installed so that the panels sit on the wall beside the window when open. The point here is by installing your window covering around the window, and not over your window, you are creating a bigger window that allows more natural light to pour in. And who doesn’t want more natural light in their home?
4 – This tip applies to renovations or new constructions but it will be a life saver when the decorating phase comes around. Install all electrical switches at 36″ off the floor. It appears to be that eye level is the standard and I simply can’t understand why. It makes it very hard to place art on your wall. It’s an eye sore and I simply cannot find the purpose in installing it at eye level. It’s even more comfortable ergonomically to flick a switch at 36″.
5 – This may be a big surprise to some but your furniture should not touch your walls. Contrary to what you may think, by having your furniture float within the room, you are creating a more airy and open space. Leaving even just a couple of inches can make a difference if you’re tight on space.