tall, built in mirror above decorative fireplace mantle in new york city house master bedroom
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Choose Tall Furniture

Use tall furniture and built-ins to draw the eye upward. Scale and shape play a large part in convincing the mind that a room has volume. The flared crown that tops the original overmantel in the master bedroom forces the gaze to pan up to the molding above, making the 9-foot ceiling appear higher. "Higher ceilings always increase the sense of space," says Streaman, "even when you have a limited floor plan."
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