Playing with Scale in a Milan Apartment

Playing with Scale in a Milan Apartment

Sarah Coffey
Nov 10, 2009

We write a lot about small spaces on Apartment Therapy, but today we're taking a peek inside a BIG home, and we're not just talking about the expansive rooms. This apartment in Milan celebrates the oversized object.

Here's a brief breakdown of how the space works:

  • The oversized task lamp, ottoman, rug, and artwork relate to one another and set a consistent sense of scale in the living room.
  • Smaller objects (like throw pillows, an ottoman tray, and a table lamp) break up the dominance of big furniture.
  • The apartment's artwork plays with the idea of using the grid to create something big from a something small.
  • A stripe around the top of the room subtly enhances the high ceilings, while drapes hung just below the stripe reinforce its importance as an architectural detail.
  • Oversized pendant lamps set an eccentric, not-too-serious tone in the dining room. The curvy, rolling armchairs have the same sense of humor.
  • A well-organized bookshelf grid balances the playfulness of the dining set.
  • A huge curtained, four-poster bed feels like its own room.
  • Lots of breathing space between furniture keeps the large-scale pieces from feeling overwhelming.


To see more of this home, currently listed for sale by the European Real Estate Network, click here.

Photos: European Real Estate Network

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