How to Decorate Rooms with High Ceilings

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The sky is the limit when decorating rooms with high ceilings.  Let your creativity soar in the abundance of space that a high ceiling offers.  Don’t let that additional empty space intimidate you.  By adding architectural elements, using large furniture and implementing a few other tricks, you can tame a high ceiling or make it the standout feature of the room.

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When faced with an endless void of space over your head, where do you begin?  Adding architectural elements can greatly enhance a high ceiling.  Installing wood beams, adding bold moldings or building in floor to ceiling bookcases ground high ceilings to integrate them with the room.

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Paint the ceiling a bold color, install wood or even paint a mural.  Painting the ceiling a dark color or installing wood will bring the ceiling down visually, making the room cozier.  If you place wood on the ceiling, it is best to repeat the same on the floor for a cohesive look.

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High ceilings are the perfect canvas for hanging sculptural art and dramatic lighting.  Create a wow factor in the room by hanging a large piece of sculpture from the ceiling.  Hang a cluster of pendant lights or a single chandelier to illuminate the space and give the room a powerful punch of style.

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When furnishing a room with a high ceiling, use large pieces of furniture and bold accessories.  Filling the room with lots of small items only makes it look disjointed.  Large pieces keep the room in proportion and won’t become lost in the space.

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Create a focal point with a floor to ceiling fireplace surround of stone or create a room divider with a dramatic free-standing fireplace.  With the absence of a fireplace, display large paintings for maximum impact.

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Keep windows bare or use long panels mounted above the window casing for visual consistency.  If privacy or bright mid-day light is an issue, install custom shades.  Shades also give the windows a finished look and soften the space.

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A living room with wood beams and a fireplace.

High ceilings may seem like a challenge at first, but playing up the extra space lets you explore creative options for decorating.  The end result is a room with maximum impact and grand style.

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