Living in Harmony May 20 2013, 0 Comments

  Your home can look as visually pleasing as the magazine covers if you follow our simple, easy to master tricks of the trade.  Join us as we walk you through 4 major focal hot spots in your home and help you create visual harmony. DINING FIXTURES The kitchen is the heart of your home and it is typically where your guests tend to gravitate.  One of the most deficient areas in nearly every house we visit is the kitchen.  This is usually due to a lack of prominent light fixtures. The most important quality of a kitchen fixture is its scale. For instance, you do not want a fixture too big or too small, or, too heavy or too light.  Picking the perfect proportion can be difficult for an untrained eye, but if you follow these simple guidelines we guarantee you’ll discover perfect harmony. As a general rule for 9’ tall ceilings dining table chandeliers shall be no lower than 30” and no higher than 36” from bottom of the fixture to the tabletop.  However, if the ceiling height measures higher than 10’ we recommend a range of 42”– 51” from the bottom of the fixture to the table top.  Consider using the largest measurement when the dining room rests in the center of an open area.  If the dining room is surrounded by at least three walls utilize a more reserved height.  If you’re still having trouble deciding on perfect height we recommend that for each additional foot of ceiling height beyond 9’ you should add approximately 3” to the distance between fixture bottom and tabletop.
As mentioned in the beginning your fixture scale also plays an imperative role in height discretion.  If your fixture is visually heavy you’ll want to avoid placing it too close to the table top or counter-top   Placement too close to the table will make the room appear heavy, it will frustrate the eye and it will drown the room in melancholy. The opposite is true for a more delicate fixture.  Since delicate fixtures do not “own” space as prominently as a heavy fixture it is important to place them closer to the surface.  This allows the fixture and the table to act as one in harmony. If you’re in the process of selecting new fixtures, call us and we'll walk you through what will look best in your space based off the wall proportion and existing living areas. Additional, if you are still utilizing the builder grade fixtures existing since you purchased the home there is no time like the present to freshen up with new fixtures. ARTWORK The character of your home is often expressed through your selection of artwork.  There is a good chance you spent a lot of time picking the perfect pieces to hang on your wall.  That is why it is so important those many hours of thoughtfulness do not go unnoticed do to incorrect placement. Artwork is not complicated, but if placed on the wrong size wall or at a confusing height the appreciation is lost.  Always remember that the center of the image should be at eye level.  Artwork in a hallway shall be hung at the eye level of someone standing.  Artwork above a sofa shall be hung at the eye level of someone seated. 
When artwork is done in groupings we prefer the largest painting be at the center of your eye level and surrounding pieces shall fall within the center line. If your grouping spans a long distance be sure to bring the eye back up to the center line again. If you are looking for symmetry and clean lines align the frames at the top and bottom of desired area.
Avoid hanging a painting on a wall that is more than 2/3 its size.  Small paintings are best utilized in odd number groupings or in small areas such as bathrooms.  Otherwise, the painting looks as if it unpleasantly floating. MANTLE For majority of homes today gathering spaces are planned around a fireplace.  Most traditional fireplaces offer a mantle surface for display while more contemporary settings may offer no mantle at all.  You have several options when decorating these areas. If you decide to showcase one large piece of artwork over your fireplace remember the 2/3 size proportion rule.  One large painting should be at least 2/3 the size of your mantle.  Any smaller will require multiple pieces to fill the space.
For instance you may decide to place a vertical rectangle photograph on the left with a small square photograph in front of it, to fill the remaining space consider a large vase of flowers to the right or a piece of sculpture. The beauty of a mantle is its simplicity of one or its ease layers.  Remember when playing with layers always play to the odd numbers, think 3 or 5. PILLOWS One of the simplest décor items sure to add personality to any space is pillows.  Pillows should showcase you.  They should be bold, tell a story and naturally bring a room together. If your home is contemporary try to work in odd numbers when it comes to pillows.  Mix and match pattern and color.  Pick no more than three patterns and accent with a variety of solid textured pillows.  The beauty of a modern setting is its unpredictability and its simplicity.  Adding too much drama can confuse the space.
If your home is more transitional it is all about the symmetry so work in even numbers.  Keep the space reserved by selecting one pattern and one or two neutral solids.  In the case of a patterned sofa choose two complimentary solids rather than pattern pillows.  Your home is easy on the eye so keep it simple and timeless. If your home is full of a bunch of mix match treasures play with asymmetry and plan in odd numbers.  Avoid matching any of your patterns; instead incorporate color matching within your patterns.  The beauty of your style is every piece tells a story so have some fun.