DECORATING TIPS : FOR AWKWARD NARROW WALLS

Today’s trend of open, airy home design can present unique decorating challenges. High ceilings along with large windows often leave you with narrow walls, making any home owner feeling Lost In Space! Here are a few suggestions on how to approach decorating those awkward areas, giving you an opportunity to still express your personal style and taste.

Tip 1: SCALE MATTERS

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”- Robert H. Schuller

Tall narrow walls need not stop you, they afford you the chance to maximize the vertical space. A large piece of artwork, (THINK FLOOR TO CEILING) helps draw the eye up the entire wall, making the area less imposing. Think of it as anchoring the floor to the ceiling using color and visual interest to add drama or even tranquility, giving the eye somewhere to rest or focus on.

Tip 2: THE TOOL OF COLOR

“Mere color can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.”– OSCAR WILDE

Without color, the world would be a bland place. Narrow wall spaces are a great way to add a pop of color, highlighting interesting ceiling angles or architectural molding. Color pulls you into a room often lengthening even narrow of spaces such as hallways. For those who don’t want to commit to painting an accent wall, bring the color into the room through artwork or interesting objects such as metal medallions, driftwood or your favorite hobbies such as skiing or fishing paraphernalia. Why not enjoy the idea of your favorite hobby every day!

Tip 3: WINDOWS WITHOUT A VIEW

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”-Tom Peters

Many contemporary and urban setting homes have an amazing use of windows with a view of the neighbor’s house or close unattractive buildings, ugly right? Instead of simply putting up window treatments, why not try breaking up the space by mounting artwork within the window itself. This breaks up the wall of windows helping to focus on art rather than neighbors or unattractive scenery. Let the window be your frame without sacrificing light while simultaneously adding a whimsical or eclectic flare in unexpected ways.

Tip 4: BE COHESIVE

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”- Alan Lakein

All great room design begins with a plan. Ask yourself what the room will be used for? Once you know how it will be used, then consider where you want the focus to be. Perhaps it’s a dramatic stone fireplace or built-in bookshelves. Utilizing various heights of artwork and objects such as candles and textures, such as metals and natural wood, mixing old and newer items can produce amazing spaces as long as it stays cohesive. Live where you love and love where you live! With a little ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance, even the most daunting problem of narrow wall space can be conquered. So, get a plan and get decorating!

With a little ingenuity, creativity and perseverance, even the most daunting problem of narrow wall space can be conquered. So, get a plan and get decorating!