How to make your ceilings feel higher than they really are!
Updated: May 31
Do you have a home with inherently low ceilings? Or perhaps you have ceilings of a modest height but are looking for ways to make them appear taller?
Whether you live in a contemporary new build, a period property or something in between; low ceilings can make rooms feel small and cramped. Additionally, if you choose the wrong furniture, window treatments and colour schemes you can skew the proportions even further!
“Sounds awful” You say.
Well, no need to fear! If you are looking to confidently create a home that is stylish and spacious with perfectly proportioned ceilings then read on for my top solutions.
Choose low-slung furniture
This is all about tricking the eye. If the horizontal lines of your furniture (sofas, beds and chairs etc) are lower than average, this allows you to see more of the wall above it, making the ceiling seem taller.
Hang curtains as high as possible
By hanging your curtains just below the ceiling (which is probably a good deal higher than the top of the actual window) you draw the eye up. Not only does this add the appearance of height it can make the room feel brighter too!
And always make them floor length! Pur-lease! Window-sill height curtains will do nothing for your proportions.
Paint the ceiling
Painting the ceiling the same colour as your walls can lift a room by blurring the boundaries and creating a seamless transition. The uniformity can help a room feel more larger and more airy.
Paint below the dado rail darker than above
Using a darker colour up to the dado rail (including the skirting and dado) and then a lighter colour on top up to and including your ceilings, can help the ceiling feel higher.
Hang vertically striped wallpaper
Anything with vertical stripes gives the illusion of height, so by using a wallpaper or painting vertical stripes on your walls you will automatically draw the eye upwards making the space feel bigger.
Paint floor to ceiling the same colour
This is a similar trick to the previous paint tips - it's all about illusions. Painting everything in the room the same colour - walls, skirting, door architraves, even doors is a modern and contemporary style of decorating that comes with the added advantage of creating a feeling of space and height. It reduces any distractions and creates a continuous flow in the room.
Play with scale
Acting in a similar way to long, tall curtains; floor to ceiling bookcases or shelving units help add height by drawing the eye upwards. Playing with different dimensions also adds interest to a room.
A tidy, clean and organised space can go a long way to helping a room feel more spacious. Making sure you have enough storage is key, shelving, built in cupboards or even some large seagrass or jute baskets make great storage solutions.
And there you have it! Hopefully you have found some inspiration for decorating your own room and you feel ready to confidently use some of my tips to make your rooms feel bigger and ceilings higher!
If you enjoyed this one, why not check out my post on ‘mood lighting ideas for your home’ whilst you’re here!
See you again soon!