How to Make Ceilings Look Higher?

A design aficionado stuck with a low-ceiling home is just one of those problems which seem unsolvable without architectural change costing big bucks. That’s what you might be thinking, but we’re here to change that! 

Whether you have already tall ceilings that you want to enhance or short ceilings that you wish would look taller, here are some quick tips and tricks to see you to your goal: 

Use High-Gloss Ceiling Color

High-gloss paint has a reflective quality that bounces light around the room, making the space feel more expansive. When applied to the ceiling, this reflective property draws the eye upward, creating the perception of height.

Opt for light colors such as white or pale shades of blue, gray, or beige for the high-gloss paint. Light colors reflect more light and make the ceiling appear brighter and higher. Darker colors tend to absorb light and can make the ceiling feel lower.

Use Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains

Install the drapery poles as high as possible and invest in made-to-measure curtains that fall from the ceiling straight to the floor into a soft puddle. This will draw the eye upwards, adding to the perception of a higher ceiling. 

Opt for sheer or linen curtains to maintain an airy feel while if you are looking for drama, use statement fabrics like silks and velvets. Additionally, you can use patterns that draw the eye upward like vertical stripes.

Use a Vertically Patterned Wallpaper

Taking cue from our last point, you can also use vertically patterned wallpaper to create the illusion of higher ceilings. Think of vertical stripes, chevron, or floral patterns that create a sense of vertical movement, making the walls appear taller and add to the height of the room.

To walk further on this line, you can use custom curtains with the same patterns. For instance, if you have a floral wallpaper, go for floral curtains that blend with the walls. This will create continuity and cohesion within the space, as the pattern will seamlessly flow from the walls to the window treatments. 

Use Low Slung Horizontal Furniture 

By keeping furniture closer to the ground, you allow more space between the furniture and the ceiling, making the room feel taller. Choose low-profile sofas, coffee tables, and entertainment units with sleek, horizontal lines to visually elongate the space.  

Additionally, strategically placing mirrors above these furnishings can further enhance the perception of height by reflecting light and space. More tips on mirrors coming right up!

Hang Tall Narrow Mirrors

Choose rectangular, tall, narrow mirrors and hang them up higher than usual – closer to the ceiling than the floor. This will give an instant ‘lift’ to your ceiling and make it look higher.

Additionally, use mirrors with minimalistic frames to maintain a sleek and unobtrusive look. Position the mirrors opposite windows or light sources to maximize the reflection of light and openness in the room. This simple yet effective trick adds dimension and airiness to any space, enhancing the perception of a higher ceiling without costly renovations.


We hope this has given you enough ideas to wiggle your way out of the ‘low-ceiling’ situation. These simple hacks will transform your home and add elegance to your space that the low ceiling has been stealing away. So, reclaim your space, your way!

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