Low ceiling inspiration

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:

low ceiling ideas inspiration

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.

low ceiling design tips
Nest Architects

Paint the ceiling black to "recede" behind white battens.  Great design trick, especially in light-filled spaces!

low ceiling ideas inspiration

Install shallow depth trim (1") to create an architectural tray ceiling.

low ceiling ideas inspiration beams

Install wood on the ceiling to add texture and depth.  Combined with beams, the ceiling also has a "recessed" appearance.

low ceiling inspiration ideas

Beadboard on the ceiling adds instant charm and character.

low ceiling ideas inspiration

Use a different paint color to highlight the beadboard.

rustic industrial corrugated metal low ceiling ideas inspiration
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.

low ceiling ideas inspiration paint wallpaper

Simply add an interesting design to the ceiling surface via paint or wallpaper, and showcase it with beautiful lighting!

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1 comment :

  1. Great inspiration and tips. I despise low ceilings.

    I would add something about the beams: in order to give the illusion of height, they should follow the lines of the furniture under them like in the 4th photo from the top.
    Inversely, the 5th photo has done it wrong and the beams criss cross the bed, making the room look - even - shorter.


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