Look Up! Adding a Little Height to Your Rooms

Look Up! Adding a Little Height to Your Rooms

I recently took a look around my bedroom and realized that everything in there is low to the ground: a low, dark platform bed; a fairly small antique dresser; a cedar chest; and a tiny bedside table. Not only do I need more storage and personality in the room, but I also need to gain some height to take advantage of the higher-than-average ceilings and to bring the eyes up.

After browsing online and exploring the house tours here on Apartment Therapy, I realized there are so many options for introducing some height variety, from a ladder or a high-boy dresser to a leafy plant or a vintage locker. I'm currently thinking that a constellation of well-placed hooks (see image #3) could work well in one area of the bedroom, with a narrow but spatially efficient high-boy in another part of the room, making space for seating, as well. There's also the idea of adding long, colorful curtains by the windows. Find links and resources below, and feel free to share your own tricks, as well!

1. Well-placed art can help accentuate ceiling height. Here designer Bunny Williams uses an interesting piece of art plus a dramatic 4-poster bed; image from Lonnymag.com.
2. Vertically inclined wallpaper and an oblong mirror make it happen in Erin's Vintage-Filled Austin Home.
3. A collection of hooks from Huset-Shop.com.
4. This vintage ladder nudges your gaze skyward; image from Rue via A Lovely Escape.
5. A bold chandelier and a tall headboard bring the eyes up in a room designed by Hilary Thomas, found at Lonnymag.com.
6. The tall, handsome E15 Martha Coat rack by Philipp Mainzer is available at Nest.
7. A plant suggests growth and expansiveness; image from emmas designblogg.
8. A statement lamp in a living room from Barbara Hill Design.

Images: As linked above.

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