Wednesday, December 11, 2013
High ceiling designs create an atmosphere that can’t be replicated by lower ceiling heights. Making rooms appear larger, high ceilings also offer a sense of expansiveness that makes occupants feel less confined. Large wall areas make way for bigger and taller windows, bringing in an abundance of natural light.
A high ceiling is definitely a coveted home feature, but for some, it also poses a challenge as to how one could design the wide expanse of wall beautifully. Here are some decorating tips to put all that height to good use.
Rooms with high ceilings are usually accompanied by tall windows. These bring in a lot of natural light, creating a lofty, airy feel in the room. However, there would inevitably be times during the day when the sun is shining directly through the windows. This calls for proper window treatments to block out the sun. Curtains bring a softness to a room while offering good sound absorption qualities.
For a more flexible option, go for a combination of sheer and blackout drapes. You may also opt for dual roller blinds and sunscreens. For hard to reach areas, look into getting remote controlled window treatments.
With a high ceiling, there is an opportunity to play with different heights of lighting. For a gorgeous focal point, pick out a lighting fixture with several levels. You may also customize the lighting by choosing several pendant lights, clustering them together in a neat grouping and suspending each at different levels. For task-oriented lighting or for areas that require much light, keep the height low and close to the area. For instance, in a dining area, you may still play with height, but be sure to have enough lights that are close to the table.
A challenge many homeowners face with a high ceiling is the room acoustics. All that height may create echoes and amplify noises. Avoid this by adding soft furnishings to the room. Put in a rug, preferably a plush carpet with a higher pile. Choose fully upholstered furniture and fill it with throw pillows. Heavy draperies as window treatments will also help absorb sound.
To establish a focal point in the room, go for larger pieces to mimic the expanse of the space. Smaller items will only vanish and look like clutter. Large art pieces on the wall will do wonders. If you’re not that much into art, you may also choose to use wall-cladding treatments. Padded walls can help with room acoustics as well as create a beautiful focal point. You may also go for a raised accent wall with a different wall treatment such as wood paneling or stone cladding. If you have a flat-screen TV in the room, you may use the accent wall as a stylish backdrop to your media center. - Aislinn Kee