June 25, 2022

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Kelly Wearstler reveals how she plays with scale in her schemes

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If you have been working on a design for a room – whether a living space, bedroom or even entryway, you may feel that some elements of the room don’t quite fit. Or perhaps that the space lacks impact?

Interior design is something of an art – and the best schemes are usually created with professional input, though you needn’t hire a decorator to get it. We talked to renowned interior designer Kelly Wearstler about using scale in interior design. Renowned for her dramatic but liveable schemes, she offers her invaluable insight, below.

Kelly Wearstler

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler / Joyce Park)

1. Use scale to create contrast

Winter living room styling by Kelly Wearstler

Winter living room by Kelly Wearstler

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

‘When working with scale in a room, what you’re really trying to do is create a beautiful tension,’ says Kelly Wearstler. ‘It’s so much more interesting to pair a large sofa with a smaller side table than have everything lined up.’

2. Vary furniture heights

Kelly Wearstler living room

Kelly Wearstler-designed space

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

‘Looking at heights of furniture is so important. Pair side tables of different heights, a lower one at around 14 inches high with one that’s maybe 26 inches. Having varying heights creates a depth of field and more interest to the eye,’ says Kelly Wearstler.

3. Draw attention to a bed

A bedroom furniture idea with modern wooden bedside table against natural wood panelled wall

(Image credit: Arteriors London)

‘In bedrooms, if you have a large bed in a room that isn’t too big, pairing it with two really small, delicate side tables will help make a small bedroom feel bigger. 


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