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Why a big piece of furniture can make a small room feel big


Deborah talks to style expert Melissa Penfold about the importance of how to use scale when decorating a space. Deb feels that most people are fearful of using things that are too big because we think it’s not going to fit or look right in the room. She notes that when scale is used properly, and someone has decorated with a massive mirror, large artwork or print, it looks right and in proportion.

So she asks Melissa, how do we achieve the right scale when decorating with larger items?

“It’s actually the space around the piece, not the space it takes up, that can give the room dimensions it may not have.”

“Even a big piece of art in a little room will give the space architectural weight that it may not have.”

Melissa feels that taking that bit of risk, using just a single ‘hero-piece’ can create an exciting drama to your space and give it that architectural weight. However, she strongly advises that with scale you must always consider suitability.

Ask yourself if the piece you want to use is suitable and appropriate for the house. Always work within the overall theme or style of the house. It doesn’t matter how expensive or beautiful your larger design item may be if it doesn’t tie-in in some way with the style of your home, it will look out of place.

Great advice for Deb, who will soon be ready to style her nearly-completed Hampton’s style home.

About Melissa Penfold

Melissa Penfold is a journalist and author, and often described as Australia’s foremost authority on style and design. With a career in the lifestyle industry for over 25 years, she has an unparalleled reputation as one of the country’s most respected and trusted journalists and style influencers. Melissa has two best-selling books on the subject of Australian Style and Melissa Penfold’s Little Black Book: Sydney’s Shopping Secrets, which are the golden standard of reference books for architects, designers, stylists and magazine editor’s around the country.

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