Long Island interior designer Marlaina Teich answers your design questions

Design Q&A with Marlaina Teich Designs

Design Q & A with Marlaina Teich

Today on the blog, I’m answering your design questions!

A few weeks ago, I solicited questions from my blog readers and email list on your most pressing design questions. You asked – and I’m here to answer!

Q:What’s the right size chandelier for over a dining table?

A: A chandelier should be 2/3 to 3/4 the width of your table.


Q: How high should I hang my chandelier?

A: It should be 30-34″ above tabletop for 8′ ceiling, more for a higher ceiling.


Q: What’s the best size area rug for 15′ x 18′ living room?

A: You don’t want a postage stamp rug in the middle of the room – the furniture legs should be on it. Leave about 18-24″ of space between the wall and the rug.


Q: I’m renovating my kitchen – which task should I tackle first?

A: First start with the cabinets – then you can pick the fun stuff like countertop, backsplash, and appliances!


Q: How high should I hang my artwork on the wall?

A: The center point should be around 57″ from the floor. That being said, if you’re doing a gallery wall or a grouping of artwork, you’ll want to make sure the layout/composition is interesting and well-planned.


Q: Should my nightstands match my dresser? Should they all match my bed frame?

A: No! It’s better to have complementary, interesting furniture pieces than an all-in-one bedding set. For example: an upholstered headboard, white lacquer nightstands, and a vintage dresser found at an estate sale and restored.


Q: What’s the best height for pictures in a bathroom? The tile comes up to 52″.

A: Usually the artwork midpoint should be at 57″ off the floor. In this case, center the artwork between the tile midpoint and the ceiling height, if you have 8′ ceilings. If your ceilings are higher than 8′ you might need to hang the artwork lower.


Q: In my bathroom, the width over the toilet, which is the main wall as you enter next to the window, is 32 inches wide, while the width of  the adjacent wall next to mirror is 50 inches wide. I would like to put the one large picture (17.5 x  21.5) over the toilet and the two small  (9.5 x 11.5) next to mirror, my husband disagrees, thinks it should be opposite (bigger wall, bigger picture).

A: It’s difficult to judge without seeing the room, but I like the thought of having the one larger piece of artwork over the toilet. If the artwork and mirror are similar in size, it will be too uniform – it’s better to break up the  mirror wall with two smaller pieces.

Are you struggling with your home design dilemmas? Contact me to schedule a consultation to begin designing your dream home!

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