Good Questions: The Battle of the Stripes

Good Questions: The Battle of the Stripes

Grace Shu
Dec 11, 2007

Photo from Jayson Home & Garden

Friends of ours finally took the plunge and moved in together. With the rent in LA rising, they decided to tough it out in a 450 sq ft apartment for a few years so they can save up to eventually buy some property. Unfortunately, their new apartment is not only on the small side, but also comes with low ceilings and small windows. To remedy the situation, she wants to paint tonal vertical stripes on the wall to give the illusion of height...

...And he's thinking that horizontal stripes in bright, bold colors will enliven the space, and ultimately make their humble abode seem wider. So we're asking you: for the love of all that is small yet spacious, what do you think is the better solution?

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