How to make a room look taller.
A little extra height in a room, whether real or perceived, is always a good thing. Here are six quick ways to make your room look taller without major construction work.
1. Paint the ceiling white
A white ceiling lightens the room and seems to lift the ceiling higher. And it only takes a couple hours and a can of paint.
2. Hang window treatments higher
Mounting the shades close to the ceiling gives the illusion that the room is taller than it is. Robert Courturier, one of Architectural Digest's Top 100 Designers, says, "I mount the shades outside and all the way at the top of the walls. That always adds a sense of height."
3. Design with vertical lines on your walls
Using floor-to-ceiling elements like vertical stripes, a full-length bookcase, or even stacking picture frames vertically creates lines that draw our eyes up. That makes us feel that the room is taller.
4. Use low furniture
Keeping your furniture line low gives the illusion that the rest of the room is taller than it is. It also keeps the furniture from blocking incoming window light, which brightens the room and makes it look taller still.
5. Remove crown molding
If your ceiling is already low, bringing it lower with crown molding will only accentuate it. In cases like this, consider removing the crown molding or at least using a much thinner profile.
6. Use recessed lighting
Lights hanging down will make the ceiling look shorter. To avoid that, use recessed lighting which let you make use of the full ceiling height.
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