Looking at these rooms, it's hard to believe that they are from a 1900 foot home. The grandeur of their dramatic furnishings tricks your mind into thinking the rooms they decorate must be larger. Which is exactly the point. Stepping away from both low MidCentury Modern and ornate Hollywood Regency styles, interior designer Betsy Burnham redesigned a home in Los Angeles using bright colour, large scale and a lot of verticals to draw the eye away from the home's small footprint and up towards the ceilings...
Over-sized orange velvet wing chairs in the living room; an acid yellow Chinese wedding chest in the dining room; and, an Asian folding screen used as a headboard are just some of the dramatic pieces that bring the eye up and give the impression of space where none exists.
A tall piece of furniture, a fabulous ceiling fixture, a colourful ceiling, a tight grouping of over-scale furniture; if your own home is space challenged, consider these tricks to metaphorically throw your room's arms up in the air and give your rooms the sense of largess and airiness that it might lack. For the complete article and photographs, click here
[Images by Matthew Millman for Western Interiors]