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#AskElle: Home Decor Pet Peeves

We all have pet peeves – cupboard doors closed, carpet fringes combed perfectly, no dirty dishes in the sink, towels evenly displayed, toilet paper over/under, etc. After years of decorating, staging, redesigning and makeover projects, I have developed some of my own pet peeves.

Here are the top three on the #AskElle pet peeves:

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Elle’s Do’s | Ellement Re:Design

Pictures and TVs Hung Too High
My “nails on a chalkboard” pet peeve are pictures that are hung too high. The rule of thumb – pictures should be hung at eye level. This can be confusing when you are 5’ 5” (1.7 m), and your partner is 6’ 2” (1.9 m). Then, is it at eye level when standing or sitting?

Guideline:

  • Hang pictures at eye level when standing
  • Artwork should be hung so that the middle of the picture is approximately 57-60 inches (145 – 152 cm) from the floor in hallways and foyers (varying a bit when ceiling heights are higher than 8 feet or 2.4 m)
  • Leave between an 3 – 8 inch (8 – 20cm) gap between the top of your sofa, table top, mantle, windows, etc. and the bottom of the picture frame

There is a rule of thumb to TV placement as well. Hanging TVs too high will cause your neck to hurt. If your TV is over a fireplace, the distance between it and your sofa and chairs should be enough to comfortably watch the TV while avoiding any strain on your neck. The ideal TV placement is on a console or TV bench where you will be sitting and watching TV at eye level. Most sofa and chair seating heights are approximately 18 inches (46 cm) from the floor, and eye level seating for an adult is approximately 24 inches (61 cm) above the seat. So the best height for viewing is at 42 inches (107 cm).

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Elle’s Do Nots| Ellement Re:Design

Matchy, Matchy
Many people hate shopping, especially furniture shopping. Others just don’t know where to begin when decorating a home. So, when they walk into a chain furniture store and see a furniture ‘set’ all matching – and they think, sold! Sure it may all ‘match’ but where’s the personality, character, and charm? Choose pieces that complement one another. It can of course still be the same furniture line, just take the time to select different colours in similar shades with different fabrics, patterns, and textures. It will still have a coordinated look and bring an interesting and sophisticated designer look.

Clutter
When I walk into a space that is crammed with stuff, I start getting stressed, how about you? If you want a calmer, peaceful space to call home, clutter is not your friend. If you live downtown, you’re probably living in a smaller space, and too much stuff will make that spacious 500 sq. ft. apartment feel like 200 sq. ft. Like in fashion, less is more. To avoid the walls closing in on you, edit and organize your ‘treasures’ to create a comfortable space that gives you a light and airy look and feel.

Keep larger accessories instead of small knick-knacks everywhere. Use baskets, ottomans with storage to have an organized and tidy look. If it does not add value to your life, keep the memories and recycle, have a garage sale, donate, or throw it away.

Bonus pet peeve – Carpet in the Washroom – Do I even need to explain this one?!

Of course, my Decorator pet peeves are subjective. They are guidelines for helping you make the best choices around home design or staging. Your home should be an oasis from the chaotic outside world. If you need some guidance in creating a warm, comfortable and inviting space, call me, I am here to help!

Bringing all the Ellements of Re:Design to you!

Elle

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