great texture, light.
built-in pet bed
tiny hole for cat under the stairs
pet bed becomes table
human and pet bed
where there's crown moulding on a ceiling, drapery bar should go below the moulding.
great use of mirrors to expand the feel and light of the space
big mirror across from a window - enlarges and lightens
bookshalves to make use of hallway space - like using the end of a bookshelf as an end table - makes the space less cluttered.
sliding door functioning as a wall. The architect made a conscious decision to conceal the sliding track in the ceiling to allow the proportions of the room and the adjacent stone wall to dictate the panel size,
good use of space in an attic corner
white floors, ceiling, etc open it up, even with small windows.
custom closets make the most out of awkward angles in an attic
apparently unpainted wood is de-stressing. High windows allow light in while blocking a not so nice view.
cool driftwood project
cool driftwood project after - planting with soil, moss to hold it in - can go vertical once the roots are established. cool.
slats protect from too much sun and are much safer for birds
screens go up on the outside to filter sun and block bird strikes.
with the screens down.
Having trees near windows obscures reflections on the glass, reducing the likelihood of bird strikes
great use of wood
wood looks modern - 3 inch slats, with space in between
stairway accent wall - dramatic since it can go so high. widthway boards make it look wider.
zen-like wood effect.
custom mirror keeps things clean and open - interest and contrast from the shower tiles
great millwork, detail in everything - floor, chair, etc.
layer of related patterns and colour gives warmth and cohesion.
OMG Vidi would love this!
Give your ceiling high gloss to make it look taller. This creates an illusion of endlessness. If a ceiling like the one here is too dramatic for your tastes, use a semigloss paint instead.
Even a grouping of small frames arranged vertically will lead the eye upward and create more visual headroom
Use a vertical display. This grouping has an uplifting effect. By taking even just a few pieces all the way to the ceiling, you can increase the appearance of height.
A detail at the top of drapes also brings eye up, makes ceiling seem taller.
Choose low, horizontal furniture. Keep everything hunkered down low. If you are fortunate enough to have a spectacular view like this, it will amplify the effect dramatically. If you don't have a great view, low furniture will still maximize the perceived height of your room. Big indoor-outdoor connection like this also makes the room look bigger (and taller).
Introduce a diagonal. Have you ever noticed how a staircase railing invites your eye to wander upward, giving lift to a room? A painted diagonal or a decor element that creates a diagonal line will offer the same effect.
Run paneling vertically. Like stripes, vertically oriented paneling reinforces height in a space.
A custom radiator cover, like the one shown here, can be designed to fit your space perfectly, disguising the radiator as a fully functional console or sofa table.
Want to get more from your radiator cover? Have one made that extends across an entire wall, incorporating the radiator into a design that includes storage and display areas as well.
built-in radiator cover that includes shelving, this one blends seamlessly with the other architectural features of the space. The clean lines and smooth surface provide the perfect spot for displaying art and treasures. Not sure if enough heat can escape though...
Hardwood-Style Cork Flooring - $7
Cork flooring. If your floors are concrete or cork (shown here), congratulations. Those are among the best materials for sound absorption.
A recent breakthrough in sound-absorbing draperies came from EMPA, a lab in Switzerland, and Swiss textile designer Annette Douglas. They are gauzy, allowing in some natural light, but made of a modified polyester designed to absorb sound. They come in three different designs (Carmen, Formoza and Marmara) that range from $72 to $123 per linear yard, and are available through U.S. distributor Wolf Gordon. Also, floating hardwood goes over top of layer, which dampens sound between levels.
If you are in an office with pocket doors, think about moving your office to another room. They create a wall cavity that can’t be insulated, Morrall says. And there are no jambs to close the doors against.
impressive coffered ceilings
great recessed nook with lighting - surrounded by storage which is very subtle. neat.
neat light over stairs
A recessed handrail is carved into the wall. "The cove lighting acts like a perfect highlighter in the negative space." Also there is storage under the stairs - subtle again
Take away the furnishings and finishes in this room, and you’ve got a pretty humble plasterboard box. The black ceiling adds architectural interest where none existed and makes the space feel far more interesting.
Painting black to make a ceiling look taller: Sounds like a contradiction, right? But when you can’t see the boundaries of a room, it can appear bigger. This is especially true if you paint the tops of the walls black as well.
To draw attention to a view. Sure, this view would be beautiful even if the ceiling were white. But notice how the black surface draws your eyes toward the vista, kind of like a red carpet unfurling in front of you?
he glass makes the room feel far more open and connected to the adjacent spaces.