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1. Go with a simple color palette. To keep the space from feeling cluttered, and to keep the eye moving, I used a basic palette of green, brown and beige with pops of orange. The walls are a pale gray (Benjamin Moore's Iced Cube Silver), which is a nice neutral backdrop for artwork but avoids the boring feel of rental-apartment white. The paintings are the primary source of color and are hung slightly higher to draw attention to the 10-foot ceilings. The swung-glass vases were purchased at various flea markets. The Reese Sofa, Oasis Shag Rug and couch pillows are all from West Elm.
4. Paint the walls and ceiling the same color. This is a great idea for rooms with low ceilings, since it obscures the division between the two surfaces and makes the walls appear taller. Even though that’s not a problem in my apartment, I still don’t want to feel like I’m living in a white-topped box.
5. Have fewer opaque surfaces. A Noguchi glass coffee table keeps the floor space feeling open. (The 1940s wingback chair belonged to my grandparents.)
9. Color continuity is key. To neutralize the sense of "bedroom" and make the overall space feel larger, I continued the beige and brown color scheme in the 7-by-10-foot sleeping alcove. The king-size bed is softened by using layers of multitextured pillows, while a colorful piece of art draws the eye up. Clear bedside lamps with simple shades take up less visual volume. The Tate Bed and Zak Table Lamps are from Crate and Barrel.
10. Everything doesn’t have to be hidden away. Use your floor as a stylish storage space. Design and architecture books with colorful bindings add color to a room. They’re also good as props for some vintage black and white photos to add even more visual interest.
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