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Employ a Stool (or Two!) Stools are a chic way to keep extra seating on hand without visually weighing down a room. A matching set face off against a sofa in this family room, completing the seating circle while leaving the view open to the space's main focal point -- a fireplace bookended by two recessed shelving niches.
Emphasize the Vertical A room's space always includes more than just its horizontal dimensions. Invite the eye to move above and below eye level. In this living room, emphasis on the vertical comes by way of floor-to-ceiling draperies that hang just below the ceiling beams. A tall floor lamp, a mantel-high topiary, and a mantel display that stretches up to the ceiling all draw the eye upward.
Floor plan! Garden Cottage Timeworn elements add instant character and charm to a space. An antique trunk serves both as a focal point and a functional piece. The trunk is storage disguised as a coffee table. In smaller rooms, make your furniture work by pulling double duty to conserve space. (Every room needs a splash of pink somewhere!)