Luxury with Low Ceilings

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Many of us dream of homes with high ceilings, crown molding details and stunning chandelier fixtures.  However, sometimes you have to make the most of what you have –  average or lower than desired ceilings.  You may even be remodeling or sprucing up an attic or basement room and wonder how to make it feel a little more spacious.  Here are some great photos that show you how to play up your walls and give your space a more open feeling.  It’s all about tricking the eye and playing with proportions.

 

Emphasize height by hanging draperies as high as you can.

Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper

Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper

 

 

Hang over-sized artwork higher.  Choose pieces with strong vertical lines.

Eclectic Revisited

Eclectic Revisited

 

I Want I Want I Want

I Want I Want I Want

 

 

Use larger floor resting mirrors to create height and make the space feel larger.

The Design Page

The Design Page

 

 

Use small scale wallpaper prints or a muted colors on singular accent walls to draw up the eye.  Keep ceilings white or a lighter color than surrounding walls.

Varnish Design

Varnish Design

 

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Stay away from chunky crown moldings, chair rails, and other horizontal architectural features that split the room up.  Avoid decorative ceilings, although they are beautiful, this tends to make the ceiling feel lower.

Design Sponge

Design Sponge

 

 

Steer clear of large pendants or chandeliers and choose recessed lighting on dimmers and table or floor accent lamps.  Sconces and ceiling mounted fixtures with indirect or up-lighting also work well.

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise

 

 

Open shelving can be a great way to display larger items and bring your eye upwards.

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

 

 

Low furniture pieces can accentuate the height in a room.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

 

Pinterest

Pinterest

 

 

Dark flooring and accent rugs draw attention to the floor and with the combination of light walls, can give the illusion of more ceiling height.

Modenus

Modenus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I find that my personal design style is always changing to some degree, but I would have to say that I am a Country girl at heart.  I love the comfort, coziness, and relaxed feel that it embodies.  I do love to add a bit of Modern elements into the mix to make it more current.
6 Comments
  • Rebecca
    December 9, 2012

    Nice to know. It makes me feel better knowing I can pull off some visual tricks

  • Amber1616
    December 9, 2012

    Great tips!

  • Carrie
    December 10, 2012

    Love the idea of using large floor mirrors! They are so dramatic.

  • Gina
    December 10, 2012

    Great tips and tricks!

  • Samantha
    December 11, 2012

    Cool spaces…

  • Ben C
    December 17, 2012

    Cool Tricks!

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