When you are living in a home with low ceilings, it can be difficult to know how to decorate your rooms. Often times it can feel like everything you do makes the room feel smaller and the ceiling lower. However, there are some easy things you can do that can create the illusion of more ceiling height. Here are some tips for decorating when you have low ceilings.
Paint Walls and Ceiling the Same Color
One of the best tricks to decorate a room with low ceilings is to paint the walls and the ceiling the same color. Doing this blurs the line between the wall and the ceiling which tricks the mind into thinking the ceiling start higher up. Just make sure you do not do this with a dark color, as it will make the room feel more like a cave than a room.
Decorate with Light Colors
Stick with lighter shades when you are decorating a room with low ceilings. White, light blue, light green or any other light colors are great options. The reason you want to stick to lighter colors throughout the room is because it helps light bounce around and creates a more open feel. That feeling of openness is hard to create when you have low ceilings, so try to integrate lighter colors in your design.
Use Vertical Stripes
If you are wanting to create a focal wall in your room, consider broad vertical stripes. Stripes that stretch from floor to ceiling will pull your eye up. Not only will the pattern create the perfect focal wall, but it will also make the ceiling look higher than what it actually is. It is a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
Hang Floor to Ceiling Curtains
If you have windows in your room, be sure you hang long curtains that reach from the ceiling to the floor. Not only will this make your windows look bigger than what they actually are, but they will yet again create that wonderful optical illusion of ceiling height. So resist any urge to hang curtains that “fit” the size of the window.
Use Tall Furniture
Though it may seem like you should choose short furniture for a room with low ceilings, the opposite is true. Tall items like bookshelves, long mirrors and vases with tall foliage are great ways to draw the eye up. This trick will give the illusion of height because your eye will see tall pieces and think that the ceiling must be higher in order to accommodate the height.
As you can see, there are plenty of little decorating tricks you can do to make your ceiling look higher. As you start looking to decorate with your low ceiling, keep these tips in mind. They could make a huge difference in the look of you room.