Tall wall conundrum? You’re not alone. Say you’ve just moved into the home of your dreams and can’t wait to start decorating. Unfortunately, that cathedral ceiling that first lured you in soon becomes the bane of your existence as you struggle to find a way to decorate the space. Just how do you bring a cohesive look to a room that has unusually tall walls? We have some ideas:
Tall walls and hanging textiles go hand in hand. Under your vaulted ceiling is the perfect place to hang Great Grandma’s handmade quilt or that Native American blanket you couldn’t pass up. The art you use in these high spaces must be large and bold; otherwise, the space will feel more cluttered than decorated.
Decorative mirrors work well placed high on tall walls. Opt for something oversized with a graphic frame, like a sunburst or stag horns. If you’re a fan of mid-century modern décor, consider a mirror replicated in the atomic design. If a single mirror looks dwarfed against your expansive walls, make a grouping of related shapes or frames.
Traditional wall art like paintings, photographs and fabric stretched across canvas can also be used to decorate tall walls. The key lies in remembering to go big and bold. Use nothing smaller than 16 inches by 20 inches. In this way, you can create groupings that add geometric interest to your high spaces without looking like you were grasping at straws to fill the space.
Single Point of Interest
Use one really large, unusual element mounted tall on the wall to draw the eye upward and add interest to your room. Think huge clock, vinyl mural or a single plank shelf that houses a collection like white ironstone dishes, pottery pieces or vintage tin advertising signs. By using a single element, placed high up the wall, your space maintains a minimalist feel while looking fully finished.
When you use this technique, it gives you leave to incorporate the things you love and collect into the space. Many antiquities that weren’t designed for hanging, things like old dishes, vintage motorcycle parts, designer baskets, antique dolls or old tin toys easily go vertical with the simple addition of a shelf. And you’ll have the added incentive of keeping them safe from curious children and pets.
Author: Deborah Jones
Deb is an interior designer who loves clean, modern lines and dramatic lighting. When she’s not writing about design trends she volunteers at her son’s school.