4. Exposed Plumbing
Having the “inner workings” on display is typical with industrial buildings, former-factory apartments and warehouse conversions. The simplest solution is to embrace the look and even make a feature out of it. Paint the pipes for a bit of fun, and in a range of colors to differentiate between the various pipes and their functions. Drawing attention to them in this way will further highlight the industrial feel of your home; you’ll find that the horizontal and vertical lines create a grid-like pattern.
Add even more plumbing.
Make your exposed pipes a special feature in the room by adding even more of them. Ask your plumber to install some to match the originals — they don’t have to be functional. The pipes will add pizzazz to the space, especially if they’re polished to a high shine. In this tiny powder room, the lustrous copper pipes are not only a sculptural feature, but they’ve been set against a dark background to really stand out.
5. Unsightly Views
Grow a natural screen.
No one wants to look out their window onto an unattractive building right next door. Foliage is a wonderful answer to hiding those unpleasantries while also enhancing your property.
Bamboo grows quickly and is evergreen, a definite bonus when it comes to creating a leafy screen. (Be sure to plant it in a strong root guard underground, as many types of bamboo can be invasive.)
Talk to a local landscape designer or nursery about the best species for your climate and soil, but as a rule, if you need dense screening all the way to the ground, choose a smaller species.
Blinds are a perfect means of blocking ugly views or creating some privacy from too-close neighbors. Unlined blinds in a sheer fabric still let in plenty of light while offering some privacy. You can also have blinds custom-made with transparent horizontal rods instead of the more traditional dowel sticks, for a seamless look.
6. Low Ceiling
Hang a curtain high.
One of my pet peeves is a low ceiling. Thankfully, it’s easy to overcome simply by hanging curtains from ceiling to floor. With no visible rods or rails, the curtains create a waterfall effect that immediately gives the illusion of height.
Furnish with clarity.
Using transparent furniture and furnishings immediately opens up a living space. (Opaque pieces tend to stop light from bouncing around the room and impede air flow.) Acrylic or glass furniture is a fashionable choice, as it also adds a touch of glamour. Another trick is to furnish the room with low-profile furniture so it looks loftier.
Decorating Tips to Improve Any Room