4 Tricks for Making Your Ceiling Seem Higher

Rooms with low ceilings can feel cramped.  But you can create the illusion of higher ceilings – and achieve a more spacious atmosphere – with these four tricks:


  • Use taller baseboard molding
    Larger molding on the floor makes the walls look higher.  Standard baseboards are about 4 – 7 inches in height, but you can find these moldings up to a foot high.  There are many materials and styles from which to choose.


  • Paint small, baseboard moldings the same color as the walls
    If your baseboard moldings are small and you don’t want to change  them  another way to go is just to paint them the same color as the walls. This way there is a seamless appearance from floor to ceiling which also makes a wall seem taller. You can still paint them using a semi-gloss or gloss paint if you choose; the color will appear a bit lighter but will still blend with the wall color.


  • Paint the ceiling to match the walls
    Most homeowners assume that the ceiling should stay white to make the room seem larger.  However, if the walls have color and the ceiling does not, there is a strong visual break where they meet.  This accentuates the low ceiling.  If you paint your ceiling to match the walls (or a lighter shade of the wall), it fools the eye, and the ceiling will appear higher.


  • Use vertical lines
    To create a taller appearance in a room, use vertical lines – and avoid horizontal lines – wherever you can.  Choose window treatments that draw the eye upward, like fabric panels installed from the ceiling to the floor, long cascades, or vertical blinds.  Look for furniture that has vertical lines.  You can paint a tone-on-tone striped pattern on the wall for an elegant look that adds height.


Enjoy your newly found space!