Vertical Interior Design

A modern living room with a large vertical painting on the wall.

Vertical interior design is simply raising your room design by taking full advantage of the vertical space in your home.  Vertical interior design is ideal for small spaces and homes with high ceilings.  Think of bookcases, artwork, decorative wall panels and other enhancements that visually expand a room and offer alternatives for small spaces.

A living room with vertical bookshelves.
Taking advantage of vertical space (trendecoration)
A living room with vertical interior design.
Vertical gardens enhance space (ghosthaus.blogspot)
A living room with vertical interior design.
Paint and architectural moldings enhance vertical space (HGTV)

Design elements such as vertical gardens and panels can be used to enhance the wall space of a room.  Architectural moldings can visually heighten a room and add interest.  Painting above moldings draws attention to higher ceilings but divides the space in a smaller area; therefore, this treatment should only be done in large rooms or those with high ceilings.  Decorative wall panels add dimension and interest to a room.  These are wonderful options for cohesiveness of a design.  Vertical gardens are gaining popularity and offer a natural touch.

A moss wall adds a touch of vertical interior design to this living room.
Vertical gardens in interior design (bestofinteriors)
A vertical interior design concept portrayed through a 3D rendering of a living room.
Vertical design elements enhance space (3dhousedownload)
Vertical Interior Design: A white living room with bookshelves and a cowhide ottoman redesigned in a vertical concept.
Niches and design elements enhance vertical space (home-designing)
A bedroom with a bed and a vertical bedside table.
Vertical lines enhance space (pursuitist)
A modern living room with vertical wood paneling and a tv.
Lines on ceiling merge vertically with fireplace (home-designging)

Artwork is an ideal solution to blank vertical space.  Not only a focal point, artwork can bring color and dimension to a space.  In a smaller home, take advantage of wall space to display favorite pieces.  In homes with high ceilings, display large pieces of artwork to balance proportion and enhance drama.

A vertical living room with a large painting on the wall.
Tall artwork enhances vertical space (Pinterest)
A vibrant living room with colorful paintings adorning the walls, featuring vertical interior design elements.
Artwork enhances vertical space (bestofhomeideas.co.au)
A living room with vertical interior design.
Artwork and shelving enhance vertical space (snowiey.co)

Shelves extended to the ceiling can visually heighten a room and save space for small areas.  Wall shelving is a great solution for smaller spaces, providing a spot for storage and display.  In larger rooms, shelves can create division between space and enhance the overall design.

A vertical living room with bookshelves and a dining table.
Vertical shelves enhance space (dellacooks)
A living room with vertical bookshelves.
Bookcases enhance vertical space (popsugar.com.au)
A living room with bookshelves showcasing vertical interior design.
Bookshelves enhance vertical space (bestofinteriors)

A fireplace enhanced with bookshelves, niches and a unique surround can greatly amp up the vertical space of a room.  A large rectangular mirror or artwork above the mantel takes advantage of vertical space.  Since the fireplace is a standard focal point, take advantage of this to create a powerful statement.

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A vertical living room with white furniture and bookshelves.
Fireplace surround and niches enhance vertical space (titaniumvertical.blogspot)
A modern living room with a fireplace and vertical interior design.
Fireplace surround (home-designing)
A living room with vertical windows and a fireplace.
Vertical design (theartofspace.net)
A living room with a vertical stone fireplace.
Tall mirrors and long drapes enhance vertical space (HGTV)
A vertically designed living room with furniture and a fireplace.
Beautiful fireplace enhancements (decodir)

Open stairways and window treatments greatly enhance a room.  In smaller areas, hanging panels higher than the actual window expands the space.  In rooms with high ceilings, this effect creates a continuous line from the floor to the ceiling for a dramatic appeal.  Open staircases in modern homes naturally accent vertical space.  Play up these areas with repeated patterns throughout the room design.

An image of a vertical staircase in an interior design setting.
Beautiful staircase amplifies vertical space (interiordecors)
A modern living room with a green vertical wall.
Beautiful modern space (interiordecors.in)
A vertical living room with a dining table and chairs.
Vertical blinds enhance space (yacineaziz)
A living room with yellow and gray accents featuring vertical interior design elements.
Bright ceiling and repeated color on windows and pillows enhances vertical space (decoist)

When designing a room, don’t forget about the vertical space.  Enhance and elevate the area with artwork, wall panels, window treatments, shelves and other vertical design elements.  Vertical interior design benefits both smaller spaces and rooms with high ceilings.  Take full advantage of your vertical space for a cohesive and spacious appeal.

 

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