Good Questions: Make my Bedroom Ceilings Seem Lower?

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Hello AT,

I have high ceilings in my very small nyc highrise apt. This works well in the larger living room, but the bedroom proportions feel wrong. The room is quite a bit higher than it’s footprint. My style is quite modern, most of my furniture is DWR, Desiron etc etc..

I’m looking for a solution that will anchor the base of the room and still look modern. I like the idea of molding/wainscoting, and painting the lower portion a darker color. Unfortunately though, I’ve been unable to find molding or waiscoting that will match my minimalist style. Any suggestions?

Thanks, Nathan

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Dear Nathan,

This is a great question and we wish you’d sent in a pic, but we’re posting you anyway.

Our advice would be to try a few things:

1. painting the lower half of your wall with a rich darker color from the level of your bedside table on down. This would create a strong horizontal gesture that would serve to balance the vertical gesture of the walls.

Anything you can do to accent the horizontal will help, such as low furniture stretching from corner to corner.

2. consider a modern four poster bed with a canopy to bring the ceiling down inside the bed area. These are really cool.

3. hang a pendant lamp from center of ceiling that comes down to direct your gaze lower (never use overhead on ceiling if you have one).

4. make your window curtains light so that they don’t create a strong vertical gesture.

5. paint your ceiling a darker color! We’ve seen blue ceilings in bedrooms that are really beautiful. the color will have a contracting effect and bring the ceiling down a bit.

Anyone else??

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