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Decorate by Numbers

Wall Art Size and Placement Guide for Beginners

From functional pieces like mirrors and floating shelves to purely decorative items like tapestries and framed prints, wall art is the perfect way to add a finishing touch to any room. Naturally, you’ll want the items you hang up to complement the style and color scheme of the rooms they’re in, but did you know the placement and size of your art pieces are just as important for the aesthetics of your space?

In this edition of the Decorate by Numbers series, we’ll explore foolproof formulas for picking and hanging wall art that fits the scale of your space. As a bonus, you’ll find a handy calculator tool that will help guide you toward the perfect size of art for you based on all the placement and sizing guidelines covered here!

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Decorate by Numbers

The Golden Rules of Furniture and Home Decor

Whether you’re in a cozy studio or a spacious penthouse, figuring out the best size and placement of furniture and decor for your home can feel overwhelming. When I started planning out my first apartment, I quickly realized I had no idea about the proper dimensions for anything. How tall would my bedroom nightstands need to be? How much space would I need to leave around my dining table? If you can relate, have no fear: as a numbers girl, I was slightly fixated on making sure everything in my apartment was the “right” size, and now I’m here to help.

This series of posts is my complete guide to key measurements for creating comfortable, balanced, and functional spaces in your apartment. Together, we’ll explore sizing and spacing standards for different furniture and decor pieces in living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and more. To kick things off, let’s dive into some of the concepts that will recur in the series.

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Home Decor Guides

The Ultimate First Apartment Checklist

If you’re moving into your first apartment and trying to figure out everything you need to settle into your new home, then you’re in luck because I’m sharing a comprehensive checklist of apartment furniture, decor, and supplies!

When I started preparing to move for my first job a few years ago, I spent months planning out all my furniture and decor, even before looking at apartments. I kept a Pinterest board of everything that caught my eye and put together a budgeting spreadsheet with every item I would need. If you don’t have the time or energy for such an extensive planning process, don’t worry because I’m here to help with the ultimate first apartment checklist.

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Home Decor Guides

First Apartment Essentials to Buy Before You Move In

Moving into your first apartment is an incredibly exciting time! Whether you’re taking this big leap on your own or with roommates, there’s a lot to do before you can call your new place home. In addition to packing up all your personal belongings, you’ll have to choose furniture and decor, possibly for the first time. While helping my sister prepare for her first unfurnished apartment this month, I was reminded how overwhelming it can be to know where to begin or what to prioritize. If you can relate, you’re in the right place because I’ve put together a list of the most important items you need to acquire before you move into your new apartment.