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.

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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

 

 

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

 

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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.

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Modenus