Trick of the Height

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow did we get from before to after in the living room design pictured above? Primarily by altering the perception of the size and shape of the space without changing any dimensions. My client wanted a more contemporary look, as well as the ability to use the room flexibly. I knew the best way to improve the room’s appeal was to increase the impression of height, which was achieved in several ways.

Two columns were added with recessed patterns straddling the fireplace, faced by tall, thin sconces, leading the eye upwards. A larger crown molding was extended across the window so the sheer panels could be installed at ceiling level. Tall, airy display cabinets also emphasize the vertical. The ceiling, sofa and chair colors are very light, further opening up the space. The sisal rug with leather border and grass papered walls add texture and earth tones, which work to highlight the lighter, smoother colors and fabrics. The living room is cozy enough for an intimate gathering, yet can seat twelve comfortably. For the eco-conscious, both paper and rug are made of vegetable fiber.

Through creative use of color, texture, structure and proportion, an interior designer can alter a room’s perceived dimensions almost magically.  The room becomes the attractive, comfortable, inviting place you always wanted it to be. For more living rooms, click here.

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