It’s still too early to despair when it comes to rooms with low ceilings. There are many ways to overcome that and not one involves extending your wall height with heavy renovation. If you’re not sure about what you can do when it comes to solving the issue of a low-slung ceiling, just take a look at our fantastic design guide below:
Our four walls are meant to provide protection and privacy against the outside world, but it can get a bit stifling if there’s low ceilings involved. Not only does floor to ceiling glass windows provide plenty of light (which helps to brighten and lighten), it also helps with the illusion of a wider, open-concept space that’s very much in line with contemporary design.
Neutral and pastel shades are always handy if you want to brighten up a space. Instead of focusing on your walls, you’ll want to paint your ceiling a lighter colour. Depending on your lighting and personal preference, you can opt to paint your ceiling with high-gloss paint for a reflective surface or choose a matte paint to blend in discreetly with a similarly coloured wall.
Before you run out to buy your furniture, consider the height of your ceiling. We often make the mistake of assuming the height of our ceilings and end up with a height issue with our purchases. Stick to low-slung furniture and decor to avoid having the place feel crowded and closed-in. Another handy tip is to avoid darker coloured furniture as that could make the overall space feel smaller.
In a world full of trims, contemporary mouldings are the epitome of sleek ceiling bearers that immediately catch our eyes as we enter a space. Just because your house has low ceilings doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in crown mouldings. You’ll just have to avoid elaborate, layered crown mouldings and instead stick to a simple minimalistic design like cove crown moulding.
It’s pretty normal for our eyes to follow a line on its path, so vertical lines around the room (especially our walls) will give the illusion of added height. You can use thin and tall artwork, vertical stripe wallpaper, long vertical windows and plenty more to achieve this effect. Another practical option is to paint the walls in the same colour but alternating the lines with glossy and matte paint to create a more interesting effect.
A lack of height in any room also signals less space for storage. To avoid having a boxed-in feeling, you can opt for an open-shelving concept instead. Not only does this let you display items that would have been hidden away or cluttering our usual eye space, it also helps to create an illusion of added ceiling height when we view something that’s just above our eye level.
It makes sense to streamline our rooms when the ceiling is low. If you compared a cabinet set with handles and another without visible handles in a low-ceilinged room, the one with protruding handles is bound to give a hampering impression. Protrusions limit our space for movement and placement of items, which usually ends up in a room that feels more cramped than it should be.
Avoid additional items that could take up our valuable space. In other words, less is more. If you think an art gallery is spacious, one of the main reasons is because there just isn’t any clutter. Another thing that also helps is if our furniture is placed with more space in-between, giving the room an airier feel than if everything was just clumped together.
Any design can work with a low-ceilinged house, but you’ll have to remember the basics to make it work: minimal protrusions, low furniture, light colours and minimal clutter are among the most important points to keep in mind.