“Lift” the ceiling. A little paint—just the bottom half of the wall—results in a lot of pleasing trickery. “It gives the perception of higher ceilings since there’s more white wall space,” says Hiemstra. It’s also a great technique if you don’t want to commit to one color completely.
Shine a spotlight. In rooms lacking interesting architecture, a showy overhead light fixture fills the style gap.
Work your corners. Heimstra placed the desk and chair at an angle in the corner for better flow through the narrow space. In place of a traditional desk set, she kept the workspace sophisticated by mixing a wood and brass table with a white upholstered chair.