Outfitting a small room in white and reflective surfaces is a common designer strategy to lend the illusion of more space. But in this tight family bath, designer Hannah Dee of Hannah Dee Interiors used a splash of soft blue tile in another clever technique: “The accent wall brings your eye to the back of the room, broadening and lengthening the space—visually—making it feel much bigger than it really is.”
Positioned above a marble-topped single vanity, an antique mirror adds depth and dimension to this transitional powder room, making the space seem much larger. A brightly-colored woven rug gives the room a youthful touch.
Make sure the perennial crown, the spot where the roots meet stems, is at the same depth in the hole as it was in the pot. Check the depth by laying a stick or tool handle across the planting hole to the perennial rootball. A level tool handle means success.
In addition to well-coordinated dinnerware, chargers, linens, runners and flowers, consider adding ambient light to your tabletop with polished pewter, brass or silver candlesticks. Once placed among the all-white elements, the shape and finish of the candlesticks will add depth while also bringing a warm glow.
Rich purple walls create a sense of depth in this contemporary home office. A patterned rug with a tie-dye look complements the walls, and other furnishings are kept neutral so as not to make the space feel overdone.
As seen on America’s Most Desperate Kitchens, designers added warmth to the kitchen space by added a block of wood cabinets on one end of the space. Then, they added wood panels to the front of the refrigerator to create depth and dimension, making the cabinets pop.
The vaulted ceiling in this space provides a dramatic touch to the already chic teen's lounge and bedroom. Designers incorporated what would have been space wasted in a vaulted ceiling by painting the lower half a bold, teal color, while the upper part of the ceiling was given matching wallpaper, creating a deeper space.
Using different depths for storage cabinets and lighting recesses around the ceiling, making it appear to float, brings sophisticated intrigue through architectural volume and geometric shapes in this home office. Using modern bucket chairs and a futuristic table adds a midcentury modern feel to the overall aesthetic.
One of the most successful ways to keep a muted space from falling flat is to layer in several shades of the same color using pillows and throws. The large-scale butterfly pillow in the armchair has slightly more purple in it than the upholstery fabric, resulting in a subtle, sophisticated layering effect. When layering shades of mauve and lavender, it’s important to stay away from those with beige undertones: they’ll end up reading more in the pink or flesh-tone family.
To give the smaller sitting are a sense of dimension, designers installed a gray, striped accent wall. On it, mirrors were hung. Since the mirrors reflect the natural light coming through the windows as well as the surrounding design, the mirrors add depth to the space, helping to make it feel larger.
Shades of blue help create depth and contrast in this crisp white living room. A navy blue sofa is adorned with a navy patterned pillow, and map-inspired artwork contributes a more vibrant hue of blue above.
This room is the first room you see upon entering the house, so it was important that it was elegant and stunning. To give the space a fresh look, designers used a monochromatic palette. Everything from the paint on the walls to the chairs and rug look clean and elegant, while the striped draperies add depth to the room. The light spilling in from outside is also key, making the room feel large and bright.
On the way out the door, designers added an oversized, leaning mirror to provide greater function in this master space. Not only does it allow for the perfect place to check your outfit before leaving, this mirror adds drama and depth to the rustic industrial master bedroom.
To take this modern Austin, Texas home from drab to fab, designers used different colored paints to create depth and drama on the front of this home. The simple elevation of the structure required a unique color to highlight the depth of the home, so designers chose an orange color, highlighted by a neutral gray for the main part of the home and a brown for accents. These colors will carry into the home and create a fun, eclectic space on the interior as well as bring curb appeal to the home's modern facade.
A bold mix of patterns and colors fill this French-inspired space. Colorful formal drapes elegantly accentuate the two-story windows while the mix of solid and patterned furniture adds depth and charm. Fireplace mantel details, circular ceiling and immaculate chandelier are just a few of the stunning attractions in this grand room.
A reflective swimming pool is bordered by a multicolored stone wall in the garden of this La Jolla, California, home. At its foot, a matching stone fireplace is situated to warm guests as they lounge on oversized wicker sofas. A trellis canopied with classically styled shrubs is a natural barrier offering additional privacy.
A drop ceiling adds a touch of texture to the neutral, open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room in this Cape Town, South Africa, home. Sleek lines in the kitchen are balanced by floral pendant light shades, curved-back dining chairs and the organic grain in the wood flooring.