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5 Essential Design Rules to Absolutely Never Break


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Somtimes, having a few guidelines to follow can give you the freedom to hone your creativity in other areas. Here are five interior design rules to consider if you want to do things right the first time around.

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Avoid Awkward Curtain Length

“Measure twice, cut once” applies here—take the time to prep by measuring and marking your rod placement before you break out the scissors and sewing machine.

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Choose Properly-Scaled Rugs

A good rule of thumb is to choose a rug that is the proper scale for your space that all of your existing furniture fits on. Natural fiber rugs like jute and sisal, provide great affordable large-scale options.

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Picking a Cohesive Color Palette

Choosing a color palette and working it in evenly throughout a room is a foolproof way to ensure your space will feel put-together.

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Hanging Art Work at Eye Level

A good rule of thumb is that most art work looks best hung where the center of the art is between 57″-60″ (around eye level for most people).

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Varying Your Light Sources

When all of your lighting comes from one bright source in one location, it falls flat. Placing multiple soft lights in a variety of locations enhances the ambiance and creates depth and warmth.