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6 tricks that will make your low ceilings look higher

Homify logo Homify 12/8/2017 Lexi Hughes

We all love large rooms with plenty of space. But sometimes that's not the reality. If you are not lucky enough to live in a spacious home, you often have to settle for low ceilings that make each room look narrower and smaller. This does not mean that we must feel crushed and imprisoned in our own rooms. With the right tricks and ideas, you can make low ceilings appear higher, creating a more open and inviting living space. That's why we have six helpful tips to help make your rooms appear higher even with low ceilings. 

1. Select the right colors

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The color selection plays a large role in rooms with low ceilings. In order to give low ceilings some height, we advise painting them in light shades. Radiant white, soft cream or delicate pastel shades are best suited for low ceilings, as they open the room visually, reflect the light better, and keep the ceiling farther away. In this way the space appears much larger and brighter. If you want to bring a little color into the game, then with cool tones like light blue or lilac. These give the impression of expanse and the ceiling optically recede, like this kitchen. In general, experts recommend that the ceiling should always be brighter than the walls, because the back of the back is the focus and the room is higher than it really is. So that low ceilings are generous and airy, it is important to make the walls as bright and fresh as possible. Dark tones would make the room seem small despite the bright ceiling. In terms of flooring, however, the situation is different: here you can work with a darker color, which makes the ceiling and walls look lighter and brighter.

2. Trickle with lighting

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The right lighting has a stretching effect on rooms with low ceilings. It is advisable to refrain from lamps that emanate from the ceiling, such as lush chandeliers or large pendulum lights, instead of using wall lights. From these, the light should be blasted over the entire ceiling, which makes low ceiling appear higher. Generally, it is advisable to put on indirect lighting. If you do not want to do without light on the ceiling, you should decide for installation spots, which offer a coherent mix of focused and scattered light and give the impression of a more airy, spacious room. In addition, refined floor lights can also help,

3. Select the appropriate furniture

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With the right use of the furniture, a room can be made to appear higher. It is important not to overstretch the room, because every additional piece of furniture would strengthen the feeling of narrowness. Sometimes seeking professional input can be helpful! On massive, dark wardrobe walls and other bulky, massive furniture one should rather renounce in rooms with low ceilings. Instead, experts recommend that you close the low ceiling with simple, airy pieces of furniture in bright colors and create as much space between furniture and ceiling as possible. So very suitable are slim sideboards , low seating furniture and deep tables. Even delicate shelves are in any case the more appropriate choice as massive cabinets. In general you should do without furniture in standard dimensions.

4. Optimize the wall design

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Another great option to make a low ceiling appear higher, is painting a bright wall. But this is by no means all that can be done in terms of wall design, to make a room higher, more generous and airier. One of the most popular tips from the world of fashion can also be applied in the interior design: vertical stripes stretch optically and conjure a slim silhouette. For rooms with low ceilings, this means: They have a higher and larger vertical strip. Other, bolder patterns are also allowed as wallpaper. It is important, however, to ensure that the patterned wallpaper ends directly with the ceiling and that no white wall strip remains.

5. Make your room appear higher with curtains

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Large glass surfaces are reliable helpers to make narrow, small and low spaces more generous and open optically. They bring a feeling of lightness and let a lot of light into it. In this way, rooms with low ceilings appear wider and more open. Of course not everyone has the opportunity to equip their low room with large windows, but also with the right curtains can be quite tricky. To enhance the feeling of height, you should hang floor-long curtains as high as possible. The best way to fix the ceiling is to direct the view to a long, vertically flowing element that conveys the height. Transparent curtains also allow the room to appear more airy and lighter in the twinkling of the hand and take the oppressive effect of the low ceiling.

6. Provide the finishing touches with accessories

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In addition to curtains, there are many other accessories that can help make a room appear higher. Just as large window surfaces, mirrors also have an opening, brightening effect. The best choice is for large-format models which occupy a large part of the wall and which optically expand low ceilings optically. Even with works of art and picture frames, one can achieve refined effects. Thus narrow, high frames or superimposed images emphasize the vertical in the room. You should place a few works on the wall a little higher than usual, as the viewer has to direct his view further upwards and thus gets the feeling of spaciousness. 

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