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Break the rules


King Features


Dear Debbie: We have installed a very small bathroom in the attic, under the pitched roof, and would like some ideas on how to decorate. I've heard that light colors make a small space bigger, but find that quite boring. Thank you. — Sean


Dear Sean: Oh, I do love to break the rules, and most of them don't hold up in every situation anyway. Dark colors shrink a space — not always. Multiple patterns look too busy; there's a secret to this. No room for plants — there's always room to invite the outdoors in. Have some fun.


This bathroom vignette demonstrates how a little imagination and a few stylish touches can give a small space big heart. The wall color is called Railings, from Farrow & Ball's Jungle Collection. They have chosen a selection of shades that evince the drama and serenity of natural floral and jungle habitats, from soft rose pinks and greens to misty grays and watery blues. Here, the deep blue/gray paint color is perfectly paired with white for a checkerboard backsplash, and note the two sizes of tile. The zigzag rug adds another pattern to the mix, but not too busy, as the colors match up. Pots of plants flaunt their variegated leaves to build a welcome, homey ambiance against the dramatic yet neutral backdrop. The white wood floor, pale wood shelves and mirror frame are a natural choice and keep the room feeling light and airy.


Choose main fixtures on the small size. A pedestal sink is a good choice as it lets the eye move past it, pushing the wall back. Open shelves do the same. Create your own vignette, be it jungle themed or modern chic. There is lots of inspiration at


Dear Debbie: We have bought a new condo. The ceilings are high in the open living area. We were wondering about adding crown molding. Would it suit a modern space? Do we need to continue the look to the bedrooms? — Clive


Dear Clive: Decorative crown molding brings dimension and architectural interest to a room. It is like the icing on the cake, adding extra flavor and flourish to a plain base. Although strongly associated with traditional style and older