Decorating Dilemma: High Ceilings

High ceilings are a great concept, but tough to decorate around. That’s one of the top questions I have from clients, what to do with all that wall space, or how to make the room feel cozier. Here are a few tips if you’re not too sure what to do with a room with high ceilings…

1. Draw attention to it.

Raise your drapery rods higher, go big and tall with art work, cabinets, and bookshelves, hang a statement light fixture. Use the openness to your advantage and draw your eye up.

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2. Use Paint strategically.

Painting the ceiling a different (darker) color will “close in” the room a bit more and make the ceiling not seem as high.

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3. ceiling treatments.

Coffered ceilings, paneling on the ceiling, and beams can help make a tall room feel cozier.

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4.play with different heights.

When hanging art and frames, don’t hang everything at the same eye level. Mix in some taller pieces to break up the natural horizontal line of the room.

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A few more tips…

  • Consider scale – Using larger pieces of furniture will ground the room. Smaller pieces will easily get lost and make a room with high ceilings feel cluttered. Also, use tall accessories to accentuate the height of the room.
  • Fix acoustics – Install drapes and use area rugs to absorb some of the noise.
  • Go beyond the 8′ line – Don’t fall into the trap of decorating only below the 8′ “line” of the room.

Have a decorating dilemma you’d like me to address? Comment or send me a message!

Friday Faves

I’ve been slacking, ya’ll. I just realized my last Friday Faves post was last spring! Coincidentally it was right before we found out we were pregnant with twins. So that explains things. Here are a few of my favorite things / happenings this week (in the design world and in life)

1. The girls got a new activity gym for their 2 month birthday and they both fit in it! Yes I know I’m THAT mom that celebrates a 2 month birthday, or maybe I’m just having major mom guilt over their 2 month shots that they’re getting today. (Pray for me…I mean them!)

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They’ve outgrown their travel play mat, only one baby fits in it so the other just lays outside of it looking at the toys in envy. This one has plenty of toys but of course they both stare at the same one. And so it begins… “June/Faith-share with your sissy”.

2. I have a new found appreciation for wallpaper, even though I have zero confidence in myself to actually apply it. Maybe one day. Until then I’ve bookmarked Trustworth Wallpaper because their designs are absolutely beautiful. I love that the prints are little vintage looking but would look great in any room- vintage or not.

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3. My best friend got us a Relay Foods gift card when we first brought the girls home and its my new favorite indulgence. They bring your groceries to your DOOR! It’s a little more expensive -think Whole Foods pricing, but it’s all local/organic items which cost a little more anywhere you get it. We just got our second delivery and I reordered this granola. It’s seriously amazing and FRESH! Not like other prepackaged granola.

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4. I haven’t been out of the house much lately, and if I am, it’s usually a VERY quick trip to Target for a package (or 7) of diapers, a birthday card, or a new bottle of nail polish (hey, momma’s gotta feel pretty every once in a while!). 

I HAVE been keeping an eye on new spring decor items out there though, and I’m loving the new bedding at Pottery Barn. Maybe because I’m still indecisive about our own bedroom?? Here are a few of my favorites…

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Darcy Toile

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5. This man that I married….

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Have a great weekend!

Mismatched Bedside Tables

Bedside tables definitely don’t need to match, in fact, I love when they don’t. It gives a room more style and makes it look less like a catalog. We have mismatched tables in our bedroom, both I’ve moved from place to place for years and used in various different ways.

 

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I used the same lamp on each table to make them feel somewhat symmetrical. Here are a few great examples of mismatched bedside tables, and some tips for pulling off this look.

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Getting the Look

While I don’t like decorating rules, I do think there are a few things to take into consideration when using mismatched bedside tables.

Color- Consider using tables of the same color (or paint them the same color) to unify them.

Size- The tables don’t have to be the same size, but try balancing them with accessories to make them appear to take up the same amount of space.

Height- Same as above, they don’t have to be the same height but try to achieve an overall balanced look with accessories.

Lighting- Lamps are one great way to unify the two tables. Using the same or similar lamp will give you a balanced look. If you’re using the same lamp on each table and you have a height difference between the two tables, try propping up one of the lamps on a decorative box or stack of books so they look even.