How To: Make Your Ceiling Seem Higher

How To: Make Your Ceiling Seem Higher

Beth Zeigler
Dec 10, 2008


Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with tall ceilings (or average ceilings for that matter). To help out with this small slight of space, we've come up with five tricks on how to make your ceiling seem higher...

Paint your ceiling with a high-gloss or semi-gloss paint--it will give off a great reflective sheen and make the ceiling go on for days (which makes it seem less claustrophobic).

Low slung or low profile furniture gives your ceiling extra miles because of the open space it creates. Also, try to pick low profile furniture with clean vertical lines.

Mount drapery and rods as close to the ceiling as possible and let the drapes extend to the floor. Visually you're creating an elongated vertical line that draws your eyes upward--creating height to the room.

Delineate the walls from the ceiling by painting the trim a contrasting color. By painting a bold color on the trim, you're forcing the viewer to notice the color of the trim, not the ceiling height.

Stay away from ceiling fans and overhead lighting that draws your eye to the center of a low ceiling. Instead, hang a few wall sconces that keep your eyes flowing throughout the space.

What are your tricks to make your ceiling seem higher?

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