So as promised I have a couple more design rules for you! It is essential that you know these rules when you are decorating as it is more likely that you will use them. The idea of occasionally breaking a rule is to make a statement, to have something stand out that otherwise might just blend into the surrounding space. You want the room to flow together but you also want something to catch you off guard. Doing so will make for a beautiful and interesting space.

The Rule: 

Wall art to sit 1/3 above eye level.

The ideal height of a painting may seem odd as it sits lower than center of eye level. It might just bring it lower to the ground than the ceiling depending on your wall height. It is actually very comfortable to view art at this height as you no longer need to look up to see the piece, you might say Its art viewing ergonomics. This is also where most paintings sit above a sofa or bookshelf and achieves a very consistent line across the room.

Break That Rule: 

Take your most prized piece and put it higher or lower then any other painting in the room. This will make everyone stop and take just a moment longer to view it. You could take a series of similar artwork and stack it vertically or diagonally. Also, you could display art by setting it on the floor and leaning it against the wall.

The Rule: 

Wood species and stains should match

Okay, to be honest I don't like this rule at all and actually find it hard to follow. Wood in my mind is a neutral since it is a natural element. The only thing I would follow is not mixing red and grey tones as this could cause the grey to look muddy or washed out.

Break That Rule: 

Mix a couple different wood species together with the same stain or use one wood species with two or three colours. You could go all out and mix multiple species and colours together. Pretty much any combination will look good so don't be to concerned and If at any time you don't like the final outcome you could always re-stain or paint.

Well that wraps up a couple more decorating rules. I plan to keep posing a few every Monday until I run out of ideas, which should be soon as there are only a few really important ones that I obey.

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AuthorCamille Pacori