10 Tricks to Visually Raise Your Ceiling
Overcome your ceiling shortcomings with the help of lighting and furniture
Frank Lloyd Wright often incorporated low ceilings in his Prairie-style homes. To compensate, he often made the rooms extra wide and deeply connected to the outdoor spaces. Using these concepts, and with the right furnishings and decor, you can make any ceiling feel just a bit taller.
Keep everything hunkered down low. If you are fortunate enough to have a spectacular view like this, it will amplify the effect dramatically. If you don’t have a great view, low furniture will still maximise the perceived height of your room.
Living with a low-down minimalist sofa
Notice how connected this space feels to the garden? Seeing the voluminous outdoor space makes this low-slung living room feel equally spacious. This trick works especially well if you’re right at ground level.
In a contemporary home with a modest ceiling height, use flush-mounted lighting to keep the look clean. This approach will create the appearance of more headroom.
Everyone knows that vertical stripes can be very slimming and give the illusion of height. The effective use of stripes in this bedroom makes it look even taller.
They lead the eye up to give a feeling of increased height. What makes this strategy effective here is the absence of competing patterns. While you’re at it, keep cornices proportional. Don’t go for a deep profile, which would shorten the wall expanse.
This grouping has an uplifting effect. By taking even just a few pieces all the way to the ceiling, you can increase the appearance of height.
Notice how the ceiling seems to float in this room. Bouncing light off the ceiling creates visual height. Sconces and cove lighting can deliver this effect.
This creates an illusion of endlessness. If you find gloss too too dramatic, use a semigloss paint instead.
Have you ever noticed how a staircase railing invites your eye to wander upward, giving lift to a room? A painted diagonal or a decor element that creates a diagonal line will offer the same effect.