Secret Tips to Make a Ceiling Appear Higher

Posted by Chris Lu on

A design tip to make a space bigger is one that is commonly overlooked. The standard ceiling height is 2.4m and it feels even smaller when it is in a compact space. Although you cannot physically raise the ceiling, you can give the illusion of height with these effective decorating tricks.

MATCHING CEILING PAINT COLOUR

Paint your ceiling the same or lighter than your wall colour. Having the same colour as your wall hides definition to where the wall and ceiling meet. Your eyes sees it as a continuous space. Having the colour lighter than the wall makes it seem to float higher.

AVOID HANGING OBJECTS

Avoid hanging anything from the ceiling, even pendants. Your eye will discern where your ceiling is if something is hanging down from it. If this is unavoidable, make sure the object, i.e. a dining pendant, is proportionate to the space.

USE LOW FURNITURE

Create a visual illusion with low-backed furniture. This will put more space between your ceiling and furniture in your room. Sofas, armchairs, bed heads, dining chairs and TV sizes are some items to consider. Do you really need a 65" TV?

USE DRAPES

Flowing floor-to-ceiling drapes will not only give you a dramatic effect but also trick the eye into seeing a wall that keeps going. Remember to keep the colour lighter to maintain the airy look.

USE VERTICAL WALLPAPER

If using wallpaper, the same rules apply as with the drapes. Use vertically oriented patterns to accentuate the height of the ceiling.

GALLERY HEIGHT ARTWORK

Ensure that your artwork is hung at the correct height. The most common decorating mistake is hanging pictures too high. The proper hanging height is 1.5 m from the centre of the picture. Also, smaller artwork will give you more visual wall space.