Low ceilings can easily make a room feel cramped and small, even when it’s a space as large as your basement. You can make your low-ceilinged rooms feel larger using visual tricks while you keep a remodel from Daniels Design and Remodeling in mind. With everything from paint colors to low-ceiling lighting solutions, learn more small changes you can make to expand the feel of your room.

Low Ceiling Design Tricks for an Elevated Overhead

Sometimes, actual square footage doesn’t matter as much as the way a room feels when you’re in it. You can control the way your eye moves around the space to make ceilings feel higher, even when you don’t raise them an inch. Take these cramped powder room, low-profile basement and low-sloped ceiling bedroom ideas to bring new life to your home.

Here’s how to make ceilings look higher by tweaking the design:

  • Choose the best lighting for low ceilings. Avoid large fixtures: When it comes to lighting for low ceilings, recessed lighting is your best friend. Anything that provides a lot of light without taking up a lot of space will help sell the idea that the room is larger than it is. Wherever possible, skip overhead lighting and opt for floor lamps that won’t draw attention to the ceiling.
  • Add a skylight. Make an attic room feel airy and light with a skylight. This can be particularly impactful in sloped-ceiling attic rooms since a skylight makes the room feel bigger vertically and horizontally.
  • Paint with light colors. You can make any room feel bigger with lighter colors on the walls, and that applies to ceilings too. Make sure your ceiling is a lighter color than your walls (ideally white). You can even create an optical illusion of higher walls by painting a border on the ceiling that’s the same color as the walls.
  • Add a pattern to your walls. Vertical stripes, diagonals and other up-and-down patterns create an elongating visual effect that makes the walls seem to stretch just a bit higher. This can also allow you to add some more dramatic colors without making the room feel too small.
  • Skip the detailed ceiling design. Even a low-profile coffered ceiling can make a low overhead feel even lower. Popcorn ceilings and other paint textures can also make the room feel shorter because they draw attention to the ceiling.
  • Add a recessed ceiling. If you have the room to increase ceiling height a little, a recessed ceiling can add a lot of height to the feel of the room, even if the actual indent is only a few inches.
  • Design to create an illusion of height. You can easily draw the eye upward using interior design. Place your art high on the walls. Tall, thin decorations, such as plants or shelves, can create the illusion of a taller space. When it comes to bulky items, like furniture, pick low-profile styles.
  • Go floor-to-ceiling. Whether it’s curtains, tapestries or art, hanging vertical decorations that go from the floor to the ceiling creates an even more dramatic illusion of height. If you’re willing to add some structural changes to your low-ceiling basement ideas, consider adding height to your doorways, building them almost to the ceiling.

Does Crown Molding Make Ceilings Look Higher or Lower?

Crown molding can add stateliness to a room, but it can also make the ceiling feel even lower if it’s painted the same color as the ceiling. Instead, paint crown molding for low ceilings the same color as the walls. This gives your room texture and visual detail without making the walls look shorter than they are.

Trade Low Ceiling Ideas for a Height-adding Renovation

If these simple tricks aren’t what you need, trade your low basement ceiling ideas for a full renovation. Daniels Design and Remodeling can help you add an addition to your home if you need more space or raise those second-floor ceilings to a better height for you. When you’re ready for an upward upgrade, schedule an appointment to talk with one of our designers.