2. Don’t Crowd the room. Give your furniture a little breathing room. A good design is one that feels easy to navigate and isn’t stuffed with stuff! You don’t need to fill up a space with lots of furniture. Always buy better quality pieces that are built to last, and your room will look clean and classy, regardless of the style.
3. Not too high, not too low. Artwork should always be hung so the middle of the piece is at eye level. The standard is to hang artwork so that the midline (center) of each piece is 57 inches to 60 inches from the floor. This is an easy one, but also easy to overlook!
4. Placement on a rug matters. There are essentially three ways you can arrange furniture on your rug.
On: The rug is large enough to place all of the furniture legs on top of it. This creates a more luxurious feel. For this, bigger is better. Leave at least 12 to 18 inches of floor surface on all four sides of the rug’s borders.
Off: If you have a small room (or budget), keeping all legs off the rug is a good choice. The rug should appear as though it could touch the front legs of each of the seating pieces. This works well when you’re layering a pattern over a larger solid or textured rug.
6. Find the focal point. Your room might have a natural focal point, (a window or a fireplace), or you may need to create your own that naturally draws the eye and ties the space together. Choose your focal point to anchor a room and build from there.
7. Edit. Ever hear the rule about putting on your jewelry, and then removing one piece? Don’t hang on to a piece of furniture or accessory that just doesn’t fit either. You can always move the must-keep-but-don’t-love sentimental pieces to another room or storage.
9. Scale is important. Tiny pieces will look like doll-house furniture in an expansive room with high ceilings and an oversized sofa and large gilded mirrors will hardly work in a studio apartment!