Low Ceilings, No Problem: 8 Ways to Keep Not-So-Tall Rooms Stylish

Low Ceilings, No Problem: 8 Ways to Keep Not-So-Tall Rooms Stylish

Eleanor Büsing
Nov 17, 2015

Simple Colorful via Zillow

Sometimes, the barrage of home decor tips and design inspiration on the internet seems to deliver a single, depressing message: to get great style, have high ceilings. Oh, and giant, south-facing windows while you're at it. Just about anything will look great in a high-ceilinged, light-flooded space, but despite what Pinterest tells us, style does exist in spaces 8' and under. Read on for lovely low-ceiling inspiration and tips on how to make the height you've got work for you.

Keep It Simple

In the kitchen from Simple Colorful above, white walls, ceilings, and furnishings keep things airy, while gracefully draped cords draw the eye up.

Anna & Eugeni Bach via 1 Kind Design

Take Storage Full-Height

When you're working with less vertical space, you need all the storage space you can get. Consider having open shelving all the way up the walls, as in this living room by Anna & Eugeni Bach.

25 Beautiful Homes Magazine via housetohome

Same goes for kitchen cabinets: that useless gap above upper cabinets looks especially silly in a shorter room, so take everything up to the ceiling. This cozy kitchen gets it right.

Consider Making It A Feature

Older homes don't shy away from paneled or bead board ceilings, even when their ceilings are low. The pattern does draw attention to the area, but in a good way, turning a negative into a positive. Keeping It Cozy's cottage kitchen proves the old-fashioned look is still in style.

Luker Photography via design chic

A modern version of the look is seen in this Florida bedroom. Keeping the ceiling, barn door, and bathroom vanity the same material creates flow and serenity, while the rustic wood itself is a cool feature.

Design*Sponge via Zillow

Keep Furniture Low

While shelving can happily climb short walls, if you're looking to visually increase the height of a space, keep the big, heavy pieces of furniture (sofa, bed, etc) nice and low. This bedroom from Design*Sponge is fantastically low-slung.


Don't Be Afraid Of Color

Conventional design wisdom says that white paint will make a small space feel larger, but without lots of natural daylight, that just isn't the case. Cozy colors are often best in smaller rooms, and that goes for height-challenged ones as well. The bedroom above, featured on Lonny, proves that adding color on the ceiling can work to create a chic cocoon.

Katie O'Hagan on Houzz

Direct The Eye Elsewhere

No one's looking at the ceiling in this fun bedroom on Houzz. The bold wallpaper draws the eye, emphasizing the length of the room instead.

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