7 WAYS TO MAKE A CEILING FEEL HIGHER
A low ceiling may be difficult to work with, but not impossible to deal with. While it is virtually impossible to actually change the ceiling height in the room, especially on a budget, there are many ways to make the ceiling feel higher.
1- Eliminate horizontal lines
Try to eliminate or camouflage any horizontal lines, including baseboards, molding, and widow & door trim. If you cannot remove, paint the same color as the walls.
2- Emphasize vertical lines
If you are going to use wallpaper, go with a vertical motif. If you are using trim on the wall, consider board and batten and avoid any emphasis on horizontal lines.
3- Go with a bright ceiling
Light colors make objects appear to recede, therefore a bright color on your ceiling will make it feel higher. White is the brightest color and should be a serious consideration if you want your ceiling to appear higher.
TIP: Use a High-gloss finish on your ceiling for a more dramatic look
4- Go "naked"
In certain rooms, you can gain a foot or more of space by exposing covered beams and other structural elements. For extra feeling of height, you can paint everything white.
5-Use recessed lighting
Anything hanging or jutting out of the ceiling will draw attention to how low it is. Recessed lighting can go a long way in making a ceiling feel higher.
6- Run the ceiling paint color a few inches down the wall
Running the ceiling color a few inches down the wall blurs the ceiling line and tricks your brain into thinking it is higher.
7- Opt for low furniture
Low furniture has the same psychologial effect as running the ceiling paint a few inches down the wall: it tricks your brain into thinking the ceiling is higher.