Dealing with a low ceiling

When you walk into our house, the front door leads directly into a large reception with an 11 foot ceiling and as you progress towards the back of the house the ceiling lowers dramatically (by at least 3 ft) and becomes our kitchen and dining space. Although there is a significant drop, you don’t actually feel it. Here’s why:

  • we have a large panel of glass which acts as a skylight in the kitchen that makes the space feel unrestricted
  • the glass sliding doors at the back of the house reach all the way to the ceiling giving the illusion of height
  • the ceiling is painted in white and is lighter than the floors which not only reflects light but provides the illusion of a higher ceiling
  • the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and draws the eye up
  • the lighting in the kitchen is integrated into the cabinets and we have no pendants hanging from the ceiling (hanging pendants will focus the eye on the ceiling height)
  • the art in the dining room is hung high towards the ceiling to again draw the eye up

All of these factors have contributed towards creating the illusion that the height of the ceiling is in fact taller than it really is. A couple of other things you could also do are:

  • use vertical stripes to draw the eye upwards
  • use low furniture to make the room feel taller
  • use window treatments that go from floor to ceiling to help create the illusion of height

I hope this has helped anyone trying to design for a room with a low ceiling as it can be a tough one to get right. Have a lovely Thursday. I’ll be back tomorrow for Friday 5s. xD

Image Source – nytimes.com and nsmbl.nl

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