Recently we’ve had some customers come in with the same design dilemma: low ceilings. Some of the most character-filled homes in the Indy area were built quite some time ago, which often means lower ceilings. Low ceilings aren’t usually a fan-favorite, and they can be relatively expensive to correct; however, there are some tricks you can do to make the room feel taller than it is.
Removing crown molding instantly adds a few more inches to the height of the room. As far as ceiling color goes, we typically we encourage the use of a flat paint color, but when it comes to lower ceilings, we toss that rule out along with the crown molding. For lower ceilings, you want the light to reflect — so use a high-gloss!
The Right Furniture
Using lower profile pieces of furniture will help your room feel more open and less confined. The color of your pieces really matter too. Using brighter colors will draw the eye downward, and make the room appear larger.
Sometimes rules are meant to be broken; like hanging a piece of artwork slightly higher than recommended. Yes, something so small can help tremendously! Try to use vertical artwork and accessories whenever possible, as this will help elongate the space.
Try to avoid anything that draws your attention to the height of the space, which means not using a lot of overhead lighting. If you must use overhead lights, make sure they are recessed and avoid large pendants. Stick to floor and table lamps to provide light whenever possible, or test out some wall sconces.
Less is More
Decluttering is good for any space, but it’s especially crucial for rooms with low ceilings to give the appearance of more space. If you’re having trouble parting with items, consider organizing like-items in baskets, add a wall unit with drawers or cabinet space or try out ottomans with hidden storage.
Raising those ceilings might not be so budget-friendly, but by implementing a few of the aforementioned tricks, we’re certain you can improve the feel of your space. Have questions? Stop in and chat with a HOUSEWORKS team member or utilize the chat function on our website. We’d love to hear from you!