- July 19th, 2010
- Design Trends
When decorating your home, one important place to keep in mind is your home’s high spaces. The extra space that is above tall bookcases, kitchen cabinets, and built-in ledges are often overlooked; however, these high spaces, if decorated properly, can add additional warmth and dimension to your home. We’ve summarized this article from tampabay.com to help you do the most with those hard to reach nooks.
Layering. One way to add visual interest to your home’s decor is to use the layering technique. Above furniture like bookcases, secretaries, hutches, and armoires, layer a couple of pieces of artwork of varying sizes. Start by leaning the largest piece of art against the wall, and then layering the rest of the art forward.
Use Seasonal Décor. Another idea is to utilize seasonal decor, placing it in those empty spaces. Find a great bowl or basket, then arrange seasonal accents inside and rest on top of bookcase or other furniture. As the seasons change, switch out the accents to create an updated look. For spring, try faux floral arrangements. In the summer, try adding more greenery. When fall rolls around, opt for a mixture of pumpkins, gourds, and leaves. For winter, adding pine boughs and ornaments will brighten your holidays.
Celebrate Openness. For the space above your kitchen cabinets, it is important to remember that less is more. Pick monochromatic creamware, or a similar collection of antique baskets to highlight the space. Just remember to leave plenty of open space to avoid clutter.
Highlight with Art. Many newer homes are being built with grand foyers and entry ways, highlighting soaring ceilings. Built in ledges are a common feature, and with a few simple pieces of art or pottery, homeowners can create a dramatic, and inviting entry for guests.
When choosing which pieces to use to decorate your home’s high spaces, there are two important tips to keep in mind. First, it is crucial to keep it simple, and to remember that less is always more. Also, remember to use oversized pottery and artwork since everything shrinks visually up high. Once you have these basics down, the sky’s the limit with what you can do!
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