This renovation of a typical Australian 70's flat with low ceilings, has successfully tackled a potentially crippling lack of room height. While most of us would love soaring high ceilings, we don't all get that lucky, so we were pleased to see that it is possible to create a sense of space despite ceiling height. The main objective in dealing with low ceilings is to counteract the claustrophobic feeling they can produce by creating a sense of space and openness. More below.
In this apartment the designers have, in their own words, produced 'foreground and background vistas creating an internal landscape', nice words for creating a sense of space and distance by knocking down some walls to open up the rooms to each other. They have also stuck to a neutral white colour for the walls and ceiling – this visually blends them into one space which creates a sense of openness. Have a look here to see the opposite of this idea: bold colour used to make a high ceiling room cosier.
The furniture is also low, keeping the focus down. The large bold coloured floor rug in the living area focuses the eye down rather than up. The lighting also cleverly illuminates the ceiling, which makes it seem higher.
[ Image from Coop]