finished and furnished living room with inset of the space before it was remodeled
Photo: Wendell T. Webber; inset photo by Ryan Benyi
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Use Paint to Open Up a Room

Paint crown molding to match the ceiling to widen a narrow room. Painting both the crown and ceiling white in this skinny space creates the illusion that the ceiling is wider than it is, minimizing the tunnel-vision effect. Here's another trick: Install flooring, whether it's wood or tile, in a diagonal pattern to help make rooms appear wider than they are.

TOH Tip: Keep compact rooms simple by using small-scale furniture instead of overstuffed pieces.

Flooring: Lumber Liquidators
Floor installers: Neale Flooring, 973-748-7105
Carpet, furniture, and accessories: ABC Carpet & Home
Window treatments: The Shade Store
Pendant light: Rejuvenation Hardware
General contractor: MRS Inc, Brooklyn, NY; 718-832-5958
Woodwork restoration: John M. Thomas Studios, New York, NY; 646-573-7105
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