10 Easy Ways To Make A Low Ceiling Look Higher

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A room with 8 foot ceilings can feel a little claustrophobic. These easy ways to make a low ceiling look higher will show you how to get rid of that closed in feeling without spending a lot of money.

10 Easy Ways To Make A Low Ceiling Look Higher

I have to admit that in some of the rooms in my current house, low ceilings are not that much of an issue. I have cathedral ceilings in the living room, master bedroom and guest bedroom…one of the reasons that I bought this house.

However, the rest of the rooms have regular 8 foot ceilings. And it seems to me that having a few rooms with taller ceilings makes those 8 foot ones look even lower!

To get around that, I have found some easy ways to make a low ceiling look higher…and thought I would pass them on in case they might help any of you…

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  • Do floor to ceiling curtains work for basement apartments with windows only 14″ tall and located at the very top of the wall? My ceiling is also only 7.5 ft. high.

    • Hi Rach…Yes, I have hung floor to ceiling curtains in a basement with low ceilings and it does help. And it makes the window seem bigger when the drapes are closed. I also hung a mirror that was the same width as the window beneath it…that way when the curtains are open, the mirror helps to make it seem like the window continues down further.

    • Hi Julie…6 ft ceilings is a challenge! The first thing I would do is paint the ceiling the same color as the walls (that makes it less obvious where the wall ends and the ceiling begins). Then try to add tall vertical elements to the room, like curtains that go from ceiling to floor, floor to ceiling bookshelves, or even a dramatic headboard that goes from floor to ceiling. And no overhead light fixtures (recessed lighting would work, but I think it would call attention to how low the ceilings are). Hope that helps, and good luck with it!

  • In particular the dinning room has to be at least 12 and it looks like a designer room. Please designate which rooms are in your home and which ones are from another source.

    • Hi Terry…you are probably right that the dining room ceiling is higher than 8 feet, but I do think the idea of using a floor to ceiling vertical picture is just as effective in a room with a lower ceiling. You can tell which pictures come from other sources by the captions…they will be linking to the original website. The ones without links are my own.

  • Thank you so much for all the wonderful tips. I only knew about one or two of these, the other tips blew my mind how it gave the illusion of height. Thank you so much.

  • Give me a break – almost all of the ceilings in the photos where over 9 foot. Take a real challenge use a home with 8 foot ceilings.

    • Hi Terry…actually, most of the ceilings in these pictures are 8 feet high…they are rooms in my house so I know exactly what their height is. I guess the tips must work if you thought they were 9 feet 🙂 It’s possible that the pictures which came from houzz.com are higher (those ones I don’t know what the actual measurements are), but they still demonstrate the idea.

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