Here's a problem. You want to purchase a chair, a piece of art or a table. You measured it and you know that in theory it "fits" but you're not sure how it's going to feel in the space.
What should you do?
Get yourself some painters tape and map it out. If it's furniture, obviously you'll need to put it on the floor. If it's art, a mirror, or shelving, measure it out on the wall.
I use this trick over and over with clients, and it always gives them (and me!) a better sense of how things are going to look and feel. Don't be afraid to leave it out for a few days. It's easy to take off and won't leave any marks.
If you're mapping out a sofa and it doesn't feel 3D enough for you, you can alway place chairs (or moving boxes) on the edges of the tape to make it feel even more realistic.
It's only a few dollars at the hardware store and it can save you a lot of heartache in decorating mistakes!
P.S. I've been thinking a lot about how to create blog posts that are interesting and helpful. Let me know if you like little tips like this. They feel obvious to me, but after many interactions with clients, I've realized they aren't as intuitive to everyone. If you like them, I'll keep 'em coming. If it feels like "le duh" we can stop.