The tall wall dilemma

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Recently, a client expressed her apprehension about the height of the walls in her new apartment. Without decor, tall walls can be intimidating and seem to take the focus of a space.

Here are a few solutions to this.

{1.} Paint~Selecting to paint the ceiling the same color as the walls or a shade darker, lowers the perception of wall height.

{2.} Hanging fabric or tapestry~ Hang a beautiful batik from one of your travels or a meaningful tapestry on a rod. A long piece of fabric with design and color draws attention and adds interest to a space.

{3.} Series of largely framed photographs~Select your favorite photographs and enlarge them; 11x 14 would do just fine. Tie your photos by theme like bicycles spotted on travels or sunsets, OR make them black and white for an artistic flair. Using the same frames or frames of the same color bring a tasteful order or symmetry if you like.

{4.} Oversized decor items~ One way to make the most of your large “canvas” is to hang oversized pieces. A mirror, painting, or wood carving are some that come to mind. These are simple options that highlight your wall size stylishly.

{5.} Decals~ Trendy? Sure. But, there are some varied and artsy options that can be a temporary solution. Want a zen-like environment? Stick up tall bamboos. Wanting to reflect a piece of home? A San Francisco or NY skyline will do the trick. For some interesting designs, go to Etsy.

{6. } Marimekko wall coverings~ Oh, yeah! Last Friday’s Find are a perfect solution to adding color and pattern without committing to color.

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Any other ideas out there for tall walls? Please feel free to share.

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Long shelf life: how to breathe life into your shelves

Recently, a friend asked for some design help. Her little boy was turning one and there would be a special Korean celebration in his honor at their apartment. With limited space, she certainly wanted things to look organized and nice for her guests.

The project? A tall 15-section shelf.

With so many spaces in it, it was difficult to find a neat and stylish function for it.

Shelves are one of the home storage essentials. Yet, they do not have to be all work and no play. These furniture pieces can be decorated in ways that enhance your interior design.

How?

  • For a kick of color, paint the backs of each sectional square
  • Arrange books by color of spines to add interest; stacking vertically & horizontally also helps
  • Showcase a vase, sculpture, or favorite item all by itself in one section; sometimes less is more
  • Include a theme to unify spaces; for example travel photos or collections

After weeding out random items, we focused on select pieces. Since the event was a birthday, we highlighted family photos and sweet baby items that were nice to look at as well. The flowers in various vases added color and a beautiful spring touch.

What are some interesting tips you have for shelves? Would love to hear your ideas.