10 Clever Design Hacks for Low Ceilings
Don't let a low ceiling get you down and consider these tricks to make more of your shortfall
You can create a feeling of space in a squat room by choosing low-slung furniture. By increasing the area between the furniture and the ceiling you’ll add a sense of height. This low, L-shaped sofa is ideal in this living room, providing a sumptuous space to sit while freeing up the area above it. By matching the upholstery colour with the walls, the designers have made the sofa appear to melt into the corner to create the illusion of even more space.
In a diminutive room, make the most of all available vertical space by fitting ceiling-height doors. These glass ones go right up to the top of the room, not only to elongate the space but also to bring in plenty of light.
Although the hallway door is shorter, the glass panel above continues the airy feeling. Rather than appearing squashed, the room feels light, bright and spacious.
In a similar vein to fitting tall doors, long curtains will work wonders in a low-ceilinged room. Instead of installing a curtain rail at the top of the window frame, position it flush to the ceiling. The curtains will hang down from the top of the wall to the bottom and make the ceiling appear higher.
If you’re building a low-roofed extension, consider adding plenty of windows. Full-height (and width) glass doors will create a spacious feel in the room and draw the eye away from the low ceiling. Also think about installing a roof light to prevent the low ceiling from impinging on the space.
The obvious lighting choice for a room with a low ceiling is a few spotlights, but it’s not the only option. Consider alternatives, such as flush ceiling lights or models with short hangings, like here. Flush lights aren’t just for bathrooms – there are plenty of attractive shades on the market. You could also try track lighting, which works well in contemporary spaces and is on-trend right now.
Minimise the need for large ceiling lights that will draw attention to your low ceiling by installing a few wall lights. These simple ones give a pleasing symmetry to the room. If you don’t want to call in an electrician, there are lots of wall lights available that don’t need to be wired in. Hunt around for ones with attractive leads that become a design feature when they’re plugged into the socket.
If you do want to add some feature pendant lights to your low-ceilinged room, look around for clever places to position them. It’s best to let them hang somewhere you’re not going to walk below, such as over a kitchen table or island or over a bedside table. The location of these stunning pendants allows the lights to create a statement feature, without the possibility of anyone walking into them.
To draw the eye away from a low ceiling, highlight another area of the room. In this loft space, the patterned wallpaper creates a feature at the rear of the room, while the white, sloping ceiling recedes into the background.
While painting your low ceiling a light colour will help to disguise its height, you could also decide to bring it to the foreground. Think of your low ceiling as a design feature and paint it a bold colour, cover it with wallpaper or fit some stunning tin tiles like they’ve done here. This otherwise simple white room has been turned into an interesting space by making the most of the low ceiling.
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It’s tempting to go for a bright white paint to create a feeling of space in your squat room. However, it’s often a good idea to opt for a dark shade on the walls and ceiling in order to make the most of your room’s cosy proportions. The deep blue here highlights the interesting angles of this room and gives the space a snug, intimate feel.
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