accessories, playing with scale or
adding a splash of colour is all that’s
needed to update a space. And when
these simple changes are done in a
fresh way, the effect is even more
powerful. Here, we deviate from the
tried-and-true in favour of playful
approaches to pulling together a
room. The outcome has us seeing
our homes in a bold new light.
Think Big with Lights
CLASSIC: Look for a pendant light
about 12" smaller than the width of
your dining table and hang it 30" to
36" above the table.
UPDATE: Inject an element of surprise
with a shade that’s as wide as the table
and hovers only 30" to 32" above it.
RESULT: Increasing the scale of the
light not only packs visual punch, but
creates a more intimate dining
experience. Even in an open-concept
space, an oversized fixture, like this
dramatic drum shade, lowers sight
lines and creates a cosy, contained
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CLASSIC: Install wainscotting
over the lower third of a wall
— to at least 30" high.
UPDATE: Make a subtler
statement with mouldings
that rise only 18" to 20"
above the floor.
RESULT: More extravagant
than baseboards but less
imposing than traditional
wainscotting looks fresh and
modern but still adds
grandeur. The low rise also
allows more flexibility when
arranging furniture and
hanging art, yet still protects
walls from bumps and bangs.
Extra wall space
leaves room for an