I have been thinking a lot about that "fifth wall" that people often neglect: the ceiling. Lower ceiling heights are particularly on my mind since it surrounds me. With the exception of our family room, the ceiling height in our home is just under 9 feet - typical of the mid-50's era in which our home was built.
For those of you with similar lower ceiling heights, here are some examples of how you can make them a feature:
Keep it smooth and install recessed lighting. It helps to have this view though, right?! The furnishings also have a "shorter" profile to visually help elongate the ceiling height.
Paint the ceiling black to "recede" behind white battens. Great design trick, especially in light-filled spaces!
Install shallow depth trim (1") to create an architectural tray ceiling.
Install wood on the ceiling to add texture and depth. Combined with beams, the ceiling also has a "recessed" appearance.
Beadboard on the ceiling adds instant charm and character.
Use a different paint color to highlight the beadboard.
Princeton Design Collaborative
Corrugated panels were used on the ceiling of this height-challenged lower living space. It adds an industrial touch against all the wood tones.