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Lighting tips to help make your ceiling appear higher

Lighting tips to help make your ceiling appear higher

February 8, 2016 By Edel Treanor

Ceilings are not exactly the main detail that you pay attention to when you first enter a house. They do, however, have a major impact in maintaining a sense of freedom and space. Here are a few lighting tips to help make your ceiling appear higher that it actually is.Ceilings are not exactly the main detail that you pay attention to when you first enter a house, but they do have a major impact in maintaining a sense of freedom and space. Everybody knows that these are vital if you want to create that particularly welcoming feeling! A room with low ceilings may give you the impression of living in a small bird cage. A room with low ceilings may give you the impression of living in a small bird cage. There are as many different ways help with this allusion as there are different low ceiling spaces. Sometimes, the strategies are completely opposite, which can be frustrating. But if you read on, keeping your own space in mind, we think you’ll be able to figure out a few tips that will work for you.

Use recessed lighting

Anything that sticks out from an already low ceiling, such as some ceiling lights, will make the entire ceiling feel lower and, consequently, the room smaller. Those are precious inches lost. Instead, install recessed lights that take up space within the ceiling itself. Or you could forget about ceiling lights and opt for wall lighting instead.

Include up-lighting

Bouncing light off the ceiling creates visual height. Sconces, cove lighting and even affordable torchieres can deliver this effect. This is a great technique for basements.

Keep lighting flush

In a contemporary home with a modest ceiling height, use flush-mounted lighting to keep the look clean. This approach will create the appearance of more headroom.

Avoid overhead lights

Skip fans and ceiling or overhead lights because they draw attention to the ceiling. If you do hang a chandelier or pendant, hang it slightly higher than you normally would.

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