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How to Decorate Short Rooms

5 Styling Tips For Short Rooms

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.
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mslewis mslewis 6 years
I totally disagree with these suggestions!!! I dislike "low-slung" furniture and I think it looks silly and is uncomfortable. Plus, I agree with dvdsky81, all those pictures on the walls make the room seem closed in. In my opinion, LESS of that ugly brown leather furniture would do wonders for that room. And those small white tables with nothing on them look like: WHAT??? I mean, did somebody run out of accessories? Ugly room, in my opinion.
dvdsky81 dvdsky81 6 years
Seems to me all the stuff on the walls would actually CROWD the room and close it in/make it smaller. Obviously have some artwork-but this particular room is overloaded, imo. The room itself is awesome. I love the style and color scheme but waaaay too many pictures.
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 6 years
I want those couches! And you're right, they totally make the room feel taller.
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 6 years
ME too, Katie! They have such great taste.
Katie-Henry Katie-Henry 6 years
I want all the artwork in this room!
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