Q: I don't know how to handle the wall space in the back hall of our old Victorian. The ceilings are more than 10 feet high and it feels like a tunnel.
Would pattern help cut the height?
A: Anything that brings your eye down to cozy levels will help offset the tall, narrow feeling. I'd suggest that you also paint the ceiling dark to lower it visually, and use a couple of borders -- stenciled or wall covering -- to break the height into horizontal sections.
That's the optical objective in the photo we show today: A double helping of Wall-Tex wall covering borders has been applied to counteract the essential verticality of this small music room. You'll notice also how painted moldings aid and abet the illusion around the ceiling line, at floor level and under the window seat.