Low Ceiling Design Tricks

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Here’s a common challenge faced by many homeowners: low ceilings. Yes, those confining 6-foot-high barriers that make us feel a bit like hobbits in our own homes. Our Brooklyn-based interior design firm has encountered this issue with countless client projects and have an arsenal of savvy tricks to share. So, let’s dive into some fun and clever low ceiling design solutions that will help you make the most of your vertical limitations.

First and foremost, embrace the verticality! Just because your ceiling is low doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice storage or style. Consider installing floor-to-ceiling bookcases or hanging art that extends all the way to the ceiling. We’ve certainly developed particular skills at creating spaces and setting moods through art. By drawing the eye upwards, this clever trick creates an illusion of height and alleviates the feeling of confinement.

And of course, let’s not underestimate the transformative power of paint! Selecting the right colors for your walls and ceiling can make a significant difference in the overall atmosphere of the space. Opt for lighter shades such as white or light blue, as they help reflect light and create a sense of verticality. Painting the ceiling a slightly lighter hue than the walls can also give the illusion of a larger space, ensuring you don’t find yourself in a narrow room despite the physical limitations.

Now, let’s shed light on the issue of lighting. Illuminating a low ceiling space can be tricky, as you want to avoid creating a cave-like atmosphere while not drawing attention to the low height. One solution is to incorporate low ceiling lights, such as recessed lighting, which provides a subtle glow without occupying much visual space. Another option is to strategically hang pendant lights, being mindful of fixtures that are not too low to avoid further accentuating the ceiling’s proximity.

A low ceiling should not be viewed as a design disaster. With a dash of creativity and perhaps some design assistance from our Brooklyn interior design firm, you can transform this potential challenge into a cozy and inviting space that you’ll genuinely enjoy.

About Jarret Yoshida

Jarret Yoshida has worked in the New York interior design world for more than two decades. With a varied portfolio of projects including residential and commercial spaces, he draws inspiration from his Asian interior designer heritage to create stylish, welcoming, and sophisticated design solutions.

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