Tall walls and windows


Decorating Dilemma

We have 20 ft ceilings in our main living room that is open to the whole first floor and to the second floor catwalk. Our fireplace is standard, so we have three giant walls and anything we hang on them seems dwarfed by the wall space around it.


Wow your room is great! We think we can hellp you with  your high ceilings and expansive wall space.  Just remember that anyting you put into this room must be in scale with the room.  Try painting the fireplace wall a “feature color”.  It could be chocolate (the same as your sofa) if you wish.  Add drapery panels – one on each side of the outside of the windows.  Have them hang from the top of the second story windows to the floor for mazimum impact. We think you can move the flatscreen from above the fireplace to the new Tuscan bookcases.  So now above the fireplace, we chose a large print (which you can lean up against the wall).  It is called Storm Over the Marsh which is 65″ high x 50″ wide – so it is a substantial piece of art for the room.

On the perpendicular wall on the right, we think you could use our 3 piece Tuscan Bookcases to add some height and bulk to the room.  We think these changes will make a dramatic difference in the  room’s feeling.  Let us know what you think!

Happy Decorating,


Style Studio Team

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    February 3, 2015

    Do we all live in Dallas Texas at Preston on the Lake?? My living room is EXACTLY THE SAME also! So where are the “after” pictures?

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    February 28, 2014

    Yes, me too, same room, same dilemma! However, my problem is with the blank wall (the one with no windows). The one with the windows we did shutters (that have frames) they are stained the same color as our kitchen and look fabulous (we also put a large clock above the fireplace and added pictures frames, candles and other stuff on the mantle). But I would love pics of what you did with the other walls, the blank ones, or pics of the ideas given here (the items, or a potential result).

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    February 21, 2014

    I have the same exact living room and the same problem. What did you end up doing? And do you have after pictures?

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    January 29, 2013

    a tip for your tall windows, I have the same dilema, I used window scarves as my fabric, had the dry cleaner sew a rod pocket in them, my install guy hung the rods two stories up for me and cut the rod in two for me,double finials. they actually pool on the ground too. i wish i could submit a photo, it came out beautiful and i always get compliments! My windows are tinted to avoid sun fading them & they are not lined but with the tint, you can not tell~

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    January 26, 2013

    Just joined! Spent time reviewing and reading about all the great ideas. I think I’m going to like this.

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    January 25, 2013

    Where are the pics of the items she is mentioning in this post?