Low Ceilings

Humble Abode —  November 18, 2010 — Leave a comment
Bookshelves make this 8' ceiling appear higher.

Bookshelves make this 8' ceiling appear higher.

Life in an apartment or home with low ceilings can feel crowded or cramped. There are a few tricks to give the appearance the ceilings are higher than they actually are. First, if hanging drapes, hang them close to the ceiling. Be sure they are full length, ceiling to floor.  This gives the impression of height and doesn’t divide the wall as they would if hung from the top of the window or if they stopped at the window sill. Secondly, if the walls have paneling or a wainscotting, it should end roughly 2/3 up the wall. This brings the eye up and a burst of color above the wainscotting makes the room seem taller. If the paneling stops at mid point of the wall, the room appears chopped up and smaller. Third, draw the eye up by utilizing wall space up to the ceiling. In a kitchen for example, mount cabinets on one wall up to or just short of the ceiling. The appearance is a taller more voluminous space. Lastly, above all, avoid low hanging chandeliers or light fixtures that are too big for the room. Nothing will make a ceiling appear lower than a fixture that is too big for a room.

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I am the Merchandise Manager for Humble Abode. I am located in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful Sonoma County, part of California's wine country. Humble Abode is an online retailer of furniture and furnishings offering a wide selection of furniture for sale to suit every taste and budget.

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