11 Ways to Work with High Ceilings
February 22, 2016
High ceilings lend a sense of grandeur and classic elegance to a home, but it often can make one’s home feel cold and even too stately (there’s such a thing!). To create the perfect balance between palatial ceilings and a homey abode, we’ve come up with these 11 ways to work with high ceilings to help you bring your ceilings to new heights without sacrificing having a warm and cozy home.
Bring On Outstanding Millwork
A grand room benefits from grand scale level carpentry. Not only does a hefty dose of crown moulding define the ceiling, it adds interesting architectural detail too.
Ceilings that are painted dark or are made from a dark hued material reduces the perceived distance to the floor, making a room feel a little less overbearing.
Break the Height
A horizontal material or a paint line at a typical ceiling’s height can work wonders in a room with really high ceilings.
More Structure Please
Exposed trusses create architectural importance when done right to relate well to your existing structure. Go for beams or arches to complement your home’s existing structure.
Window Shape Plays a Role
A curve on top of tall windows can help bring the ceiling height down a notch while adding interesting detail.
Add Window Details
Different arrangements of mullions and muntins make a huge wall of windows more homey in a sophisticated and timeless manner.
Go for a Design Twist
Combine different types of artistic and decorative elements to break up a huge wall. By combining straight lines and organic shapes, you’ll help bring the upper portion of your high walls lower.
Changing the wall’s material halfway up can help highlight your home’s other features besides high ceilings. You may choose to repeat material such as wood used for your floors unto your walls to break up an expansive wall in style.
Create a Zone
Creating a more intimate zone such as by using drop lights to define a specific area or a cooktop hood over the cooking station makes for an instant home makeover.
Bring on Large Scale Art
Large art pieces that are bold are perfect for huge and high walls. Not only do they add colour, but they also add warmth and make a space feel more intimate.
For high ceilings with textural elements and exposed structural design, adding lights will further enhance these interesting details and make them more intriguing.
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