Hanging Art from the Ceiling

My roommate and I have always gotten along great when it comes to making design decisions around the house, and have always said yes to any ideas the other has had, even if it was a bit out of our comfort zone. But there's one idea I've been wanting to implement that my roomie has politely denied, and not for the reasons I assumed. I've had the idea for months to fill the ceiling of our entryway/dining room/drum set room/too-small-for-really-anything room with hanging, brightly-colored mobiles or tissue paper pom poms or something similarly bold and dynamic. I just think it would be fun and affordable. Her reason against it? Not because she thinks it'll look too busy but because she doesn't like the idea of having all those elements hanging over her head!

Though our ceiling is a reasonable height, she's got a point. Hanging anything from the ceiling can definitely create the illusion of a lower ceiling height, which is sometimes desired for more intimacy with high or vaulted ceilings, but could definitely be a negative side effect in the wrong kind of room. It made me think of all the hanging art and elements we've spotted in house tours in the past, like Elizabeth's fun hanging greenery or Jennifer's festive tissue paper pom poms.

What are your thoughts on hanging art and mobiles? Too claustrophobic? A fun, energizing element to bring into a space? Does it depend on the ceiling height? Or the type of room? Do you have hanging elements in your house anywhere? Let us know!

HANGING CEILING ART INSPIRATION ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
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Decorative Mobiles for Ceiling Art

Images: Adrienne Breaux

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