While low ceilings can evoke feelings of coziness, they can also make a space look tiny and cramped. High ceilings, on the other hand, create that sense of grandeur and luxury. Here are some tricks to create a perception of height without making amendments to your ceiling.
Opt for Low-Profile Furniture
The lower the furniture, the more wall you could see, which gives the impression of a higher ceiling. Choose simple, non-distracting pieces that hug the floor. Reduce the number of furniture you have and pick an open arrangement to make a room feel spacious.
Chairs and couches with low backs work best in this scenario. This black leather L-shaped sofa is not only chic and comfy but has the perfect height to reveal more walls. It also provides ample seating capacity without taking up much space, thus creating that wonderful balance in a low-ceilinged room.
Investing in a tall, narrow mirror is one of the first tricks every interior design expert will tell you if you’re looking to add more height to a room. Mirrors naturally bounce light around, creating the illusion of more space. Ideally, you’d want to hang your mirrors higher to make your ceiling feel taller and brighter.
The best part is that you don’t even have to spend a lot on this. For example, you can get this trendy mirror at a bargain from Ava’s Attic.
Add a Bookcase
You can never go wrong with a bookcase investment, because not only does it boost your room’s visual height, but it’s also super functional! If you can’t find any bookcase that you like, any tall furniture would do. If you can, choose ones with a closed bottom drawer to hide unsightly clutter.
This sailboat shelf is sure to increase any room’s height, and it does so in style! Simply fill it with some of your favorite books, toys, houseplants, and decor.
Be Smart With Your Lighting
Every room could use additional lighting, but for ones that have a low ceiling, you have to be extra generous. The key is finding the right kind of lights and installing them properly. For instance, sconces cast light up and down, creating the image of a taller wall. Tall floor lamps also work excellently in making the eyes travel vertically. Ceiling light fixtures could also do the trick and they could save you some space.
This lovely chandelier could produce a dramatic visual impact while making the eyes believe that the room is taller. The trick? Just hang it at least 36 inches above your dining room table. This would create a tall gap between the chandelier and the table, making the ceiling seem farther away.
Mount Tall Art
Art pieces with a portrait orientation tend to draw the eyes up. Ideally, you’d want ones that have lighter values at the top and darker values at the bottom, which also create the same trick. Generally, you should avoid any art with a landscape composition in low-ceilinged rooms.
If you don’t have access to a huge, tall painting, or if you have a small wall, you can fool the eyes by hanging small paintings or photos vertically instead. Check out Ava’s Attic for affordable and amazing artwork such as this abstract piece.
As you can see, it’s quite easy to make your walls reach new heights with these simple solutions. If you’re interested in getting some of the pieces above, get in touch with Ava’s Attic on Facebook.