Unless you're building a new home to your exact specifications, you've got to "work what your mama gave you" when it comes to decorating. Unfortunately, you can't exactly slap a pair of stilettos on a vertically challenged room. Instead, the trick is deception. The Auckland, New Zealand, living room of fashion designer Karen Walker and creative director Mikhail Gherman, featured on The Selby, is a prime model for styling short rooms. There's a lot to learn from this space. Here are a few tips!
- Use low-slung furniture. The seating and tables in this room are very low to the ground, which creates a feeling that the ceilings have greater height. The low seating also offers a sky view through the small, high window that you would otherwise not achieve with high chairs.
- Hang drapery where the wall meets the ceiling. This also creates an illusion of height. Hanging the curtains at the window/door molding would make the room look stocky.
- Hang artwork both high and low on the wall, near the ceiling and the baseboard. Taking advantage of all the wall space makes the walls appear to have more surface area.
- Avoid using oversized ceiling light fixtures. A big chandelier would have too much visual heft. Instead, the diminutive pendant light doesn't obstruct the view of the room.
- Use light colors as the base for the room. Linen curtains and oatmeal walls give the room a feeling of brightness whereas dark paint and textiles would make the room feel smaller than it is.