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more things to do with paint

January 13, 2010

Make rooms look bigger.

How?

Black (or other dark) paint.

It totally tricks the eye and makes walls recede.

both images above from Jenna Lyon’s Brooklyn brownstone featured in domino. (Jenna obviously receives much love from this blog as seen here and here.)

Note: Painting the ceiling black or dark is risky, as it can make you feel claustrophobic, and usually the crisp white ceiling is what helps draw the eye up and makes the room feel bigger. But Ruthie Sommers gets away with it in her kitchen above because of the incredible ceiling height. Super envious.

from domino via flickr

also domino via flickr

from domino via flickr

Last year we wallpapered the teeniest tiniest bathroom I’ve ever seen in this Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis paper in black.

While the bathroom size remained so small that only one person can fit at a time, and there was no possible way to even take a photo of it, at least it feels larger.

We also used this Jonathan Adler Queen Anne white lacquer mirror over the sink. Mirrors are another obvious space enhancing tool.

Sidenote: while searching for an image of the wallpaper, I came across a few posts about Gwyneth Paltrow’s bathroom – apparently she used this paper in hers too!

from here and here and here and also here. Oh, and also here.

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