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.