Tips for Rooms with Low Ceiling

By March 7, 2018 April 5th, 2018 Magazine
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Tips for Rooms with Low Ceiling is a way to tricks the height of your ceiling room. A lot of people dream of having high ceilings in their home. But consider this: Rooms with high ceilings are a pain to heat and to circulate air through; they also create challenges for sound and light control and often double the expense of painting, covering windows and adding artwork. Low and moderately high ceilings can be warmer, more intimate and more in proportion with human scale. Not to mention that changing a lightbulb is as simple as pulling out a step stool. Try that with a vaulted ceiling.

To compensate, make the rooms extra wide and deeply connected to the outdoor spaces. Using the concepts, and with the right furnishings and decor, you can make any ceiling feel just a bit taller.

1. Choose low, horizontal furniture

Keep everything hunkered down low. If you are fortunate enough to have a spectacular view like this, it will amplify the effect dramatically. If you don’t have a great view,

low furniture will still maximize the perceived height of your room.

The cosy living area shows how the beauty trick can be adapted for the home using different shades of grey. Notice how the dark, moody wall colour adds depth and anchors the scheme, while the light grey rug, beige sofa, and white ceiling and accent wall make the room appear brighter and create the illusion of spaciousness.

2. Use wide expanses of glass and keep window coverings simple.

Notice how connected this space feels to the garden? Seeing the voluminous outdoor space makes this low-slung living room feel equally spacious. This trick works especially well if you’re right at ground level.

Crittall metal-framed windows look is enjoying a revival as a way to inject industrial edge. This set of simple window is a great architectural solution to a small snug room. It makes a feature of its uniqueness, but the floor-to-ceiling proportions unite it with the adjoining space

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3. Keep lighting flushed.
In a contemporary home with a modest ceiling height, use flush-mounted lighting to keep the look clean.

This approach will create the appearance of more headroom. No matter how good-looking your small kitchen appliances are, having too many on a countertop takes up too much visual (and valuable) space.

4. Elongate with vertical stripes.
Everyone knows that vertical stripes can be very slimming and give the illusion of height. The effective use of stripes in this narrow bathroom makes it look even taller.

The wall paper is a good example of vertical lines. It makes the room look taller even if the ceiling is low. It is all about illusions that your eyes trick you with.

Like stripes, vertically oriented paneling reinforces height in a space.

5. Use patterned drapes.

They lead the eye up to give a feeling of increased height. What makes this strategy effective here is the absence of competing patterns. While you’re at it, keep crown molding proportional. Don’t go for a deep profile,
which would shorten the wall expanse.

A detail at the top of drapes also delivers the same effect.

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6. Use a vertical display.


This grouping has an uplifting effect. By taking even just a few pieces all the way to the ceiling, you can increase the appearance of height.

Even a grouping of small frames arranged vertically will lead the eye upward and create more visual headroom.

7. Include uplighting.
Notice how the ceiling seems to float in this photo. Bouncing light off the ceiling creates visual height. Sconces, cove lighting and even affordable torchieres can deliver this effect.

This is a great technique using of lamps, candles and dimmers for a cozy atmosphere.

8. Give your ceiling high gloss.
This creates an illusion of endlessness. If a ceiling like the one here is too dramatic for your tastes, use a semigloss paint instead.

9. Expose your structure.
If it will give you more headroom, think about taking your ceiling to its bare bones. Basement renovations are great candidates for exposed structures. Some main-floor spaces in older homes have floating ceilings left over from a day when lower ceilings were desired. Remove these and your room will instantly feel taller.

10. Introduce a diagonal.
Have you ever noticed how a staircase railing invites your eye to wander upward, giving lift to a room? A painted diagonal or a decor element that creates a diagonal line will offer the same effect to maximize the space.

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