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Tall Wall Challenge

Call it the curse of the fortunate, but sometimes it’s impossible to know how to effectively decorate a tall wall, otherwise known as a high ceiling or “that really big blank space in the living room.” Having such a huge amount of free space can be overwhelming – the interior design version of the blank page your art teacher gave you when you were little. Some kids had ideas to spare … and some of us just sat there staring into the void. Now that we’ve grown up, a lot of us still don’t know what to do with an empty canvas; frozen between the desire for perfection and the worry of screwing something up. But, fear not – below are some ideas to get things started. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Color Blast</strong></li> </ol> Color tone can change the entire feel of a canvas. Simply choosing a dynamic color with no additional décor is often enough to fill the space. Painting the “big wall” in the room a different color than the rest can have a dramatic effect, as can wallpapering it with a bold design. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Wicked Woodwork</strong></li> </ol> Combining bold colors with moldings, corbels, wall niches and other <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/millwork_2756.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">millwork</a> into your design is another idea. Extending crowns and molding around doors and other wood installation pieces, adding molding around wall edges, and adding wainscoting to create two-tone walls are just a few ways of bringing more color and variation into the area. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Light Show  </strong></li> </ol> Dramatic lighting can serve as its own form of décor, especially when you’re singling out just one wall. Recessed, angled lighting along the floor and/or ceiling can work wonders, but drawing the light out in the form of <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/torchiereuplight-floor-lamps_94_oa3193995.html?linkloc=catheader&amp;gpid=519221" target="_blank">torchieres or uplights</a> that cast light up and into the space can also add depth and beauty. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.      </strong><strong>Perfect Blankness</strong></li> </ol> Some pros like to say that we only live in the first 8 feet of a room anyway, and that it can be decorated with that in mind while leaving the upper reaches blank. The biggest benefit to this strategy is that it frees up the space for more conventional (and perhaps preferred) décor ideas. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>5.      </strong><strong>Combo!</strong></li> </ol> Last but not least, some tall walls will benefit from a combination of these ideas; torchieres flanking a dramatic wallpapered wall, or two-tone wainscoting with recessed lights amplifying the upper half of a room can create very impressive effects. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes you to share your ideas on how to overcome the challenge of tall walls and the empty spaces that so often fill our minds with question marks.
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