11 ways to visually increase the height of the ceilings

Living in a space with a low ceiling can be quite unpleasant. And if the room is still not properly decorated, it may look darker and smaller than it actually is.

Here are 11 different ways by which you can make your low ceilings visually higher and increase a small space.

1. Low furniture

Furniture that is closer to the floor creates the illusion of higher ceilings due to the greater distance between its upper part and the ceiling.

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2. Long mirrors

Due to their reflectivity, mirrors are a great way to make any space visually larger. And if they are arranged vertically, they make the space visually higher.

11 ways to make a room visually tallerInterior by Maria Castello Martinez. Photography by Estudi EPDSE.

3. High curtains

Installing eaves under the ceiling makes the human brain think that the windows are taller than they really are.

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11 ways to make a room visually tallerDecor by Studio-McGee. Photography by Travis J Photography.

4. Vertical lines

Like the last two methods, the vertical lines lengthen the space, directing the eyes toward the ceiling, and make the brain think that the space is higher than it really is.

11 ways to make a room visually tallerInterior by studio GEOMETRIUM

5. Low contrast between walls and ceiling.

The color of the ceiling in the color of the walls or its small contrast with the walls creates the illusion that the walls just continue higher.

11 ways to make a room visually tallerInterior by dries otten. Photography by Jef Jacobs.

6. Spotlights

Low-hanging lamps can visually reduce the height of ceilings. The luminaires, installed directly in the ceiling, keep attention at its height and create more ceiling space to reflect light.

11 ways to make a room visually tallerDesigned by Amit Apel. Photography by Brandon Valiente. 11 ways to make a room visually tallerDesigned by Martin Dulanto Sangalli. Photography by Juan Solano.

7. High Angles

Placing tall pieces of furniture, floor lamps or plants in the corner directs the eyes further into the room and upwards, making it higher.

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8. Stick Vertical

Hang paintings vertically and choose objects of art whose height exceeds the width in order to direct your eyes upwards and draw walls.

11 ways to make a room visually tallerArtwork by STALLMAN

9. Half wall painting

The color of the lower half of the wall in a darker color, and the upper part and the ceiling in the same light creates the illusion of an endless continuation of the walls.

11 ways to make a room visually tallerInterior designed by Van het kastje naar de muur. Photography by Milou.


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