Share Your Tried & True Design Rules of Thumb

Share Your Tried & True Design Rules of Thumb

Janel Laban
Jul 8, 2010

We heard the "57 inches on center" rule for hanging artwork from Maxwell - it's a tried and true method of creating a harmonious arrangement of wall hung artwork throughout your home. Today we heard a new one, a small equation said to ensure that the lampshade you choose is the correct diameter for your lamp:

It is:

Diameter of the Shade = Distance from Bottom of Lamp Base to the Bottom of the Bulb Socket

We just tested it out on lamp in our house and yup, sure enough, that seems to be a good way to estimate the size. One to remember!

Now, we KNOW that the amazing hive mind that is the Apartment Therapy readership must know some more of these "rules of thumb" for decorating. Please pass them on in the comments...

Thanks to Fine Diving for the lampshade tip!

Image: Janel Laban

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