Many owners of standard apartments often think during repairs about how to visually increase the height of the ceiling in the kitchen or bedroom with the help of finishes and accessories. This is easy to do if you use simple design solutions that are accessible even to beginners, where optical illusions are taken as a basis. But the problem must be solved in a complex, carefully considering all the details. To visually increase the height, you should follow two important rules.
It is imperative to carry out the correction of architectural planning elements located horizontally. Such details visually shorten and expand the walls. In rooms with low ceilings, do not use decorative panels that eat up the space. In the case when they are an important part of the interior, it is desirable to install them below the level usually used.
Curtains and wallpaper
Also, experts advise using design techniques based on optical illusions. There are many ways to visually increase the height of the room. The following methods are considered to be the most effective:
In the photo you can see how the rooms look, the repair of which was done using these methods.
The simplest way to increase the low ceiling is to wrap up the room with wallpaper with a vertical pattern. But be sure to consider the fact that an excessively wide pattern or large and bright flowers as an ornament will create the opposite effect to the desired. The optimal solution will be unobtrusive drawing. Any discreet pattern, located vertically, will visually increase the height of the ceilings. Fans of bright scenery can simply focus on any particular area, adding a few colorful stripes or drawings for contrast.
You can make a bright accent on one wall
The design of a room with a low ceiling makes you follow certain rules, compliance with which will lead to the expected effect.
The border in the form of a plinth between the wallpaper with a vertical stripe and the ceiling can adversely affect the expected result. If you can not do without it, it is better to use a narrow border to match the wallpaper, which does not focus on the interface of the surfaces and does not “tear” the walls.
The maximum effect can be achieved if, sticking wallpaper, get them to the ceiling a little. But here you should take into account the size of the room: in a medium-sized room, the overlap should not exceed 50 mm; the overlap is not recommended when finishing a room of less than 13 square meters. meters
Ornament in the form of vertical stripes
It is not necessary, in order to increase the height, to purchase wallpaper with a strip. They can be applied to any pattern: an ornament of geometric shapes, leaves, flowers. It is important that the picture is placed in a vertical direction and not large or catchy in color.
The effect of a high room is perfectly created by painting or pasting walls close to the ceiling surface. Designers do not recommend using broad borders or baseboards. They give the opposite result, even if they are painted to match the walls. If necessary, you can install the plinth as narrow as possible.
Everyone knows that an object painted in dark color will visually appear less than a similar figure with a light color scheme. This optical effect is also used in interior decoration. To increase the height of the ceiling, it is necessary when painting or pasting walls to use a light color and a cold shade.
Light walls and ceilings
With some experience with tinting material you can achieve the same colors on all surfaces. But for very low ceilings, it is still advisable to choose paint two or more tones lighter than on the walls. In this case, the effect of "distancing" the object having a light and cold shade will work. That is, the ceilings made in such a color scheme, visually rise up.
Popular colors that give the room a more voluminous appearance and increase the height:
By combining these colors, you can maximize the height, since bright walls will benefit in contrast with the ceiling.All surfaces of the room, made in the same tone, will make the room higher and more voluminous. The emphasis on the border in the form of a plinth, tearing the overall picture, will have the opposite effect.
Visually increasing the height of the ceiling can be focused on the opposite surface. A floor covered with a material that has reflective properties or varnish will have a depth effect, which will give the room extra volume and airiness. As a floor covering you can use a glossy laminate, tile, any finishing material made according to a special technology - a mirror floor.
The use of a reflective finish is an excellent option for rooms with low ceilings, when the owners have a desire to visually expand the space and increase the height. The photo shows an example of such a design decision. Rooms look not only high, reflective materials give the room originality and a sense of crystal clarity.
It’s easy to make a mirrored ceiling, for this you can do several inserts with mirrors or panels are mounted one to another, forming the effect of a whole leaf. Mirror elements are mounted for safety during operation, on a metal frame that has reliable fasteners.
Today, there is a mirror finish, which has a small mass. The basis of such a finish is plastic or PVC film, not glass. The advantage of using these materials over a regular mirror is their safety and low cost.
Also, mirror stripes can be attached instead of a border. Only this must be done without indents, under the ceiling.
The combination of a mirrored ceiling and a glossy floor is suitable for decoration of any premises, but it looks especially good in the hall and living room.
Beams make brighter
Wooden house owners with low ceilings can make beams several tones lighter than the surface of the base. This creates the impression of a rising surface, and with it gives the room volume and height.
The ceiling will appear higher if the interior of the room consists of low furniture, equipped with vertical elements: handles of elongated shape, narrow shelving and so on.
Proper furniture for low rooms
You can make the room higher with the help of curtains that will be lowered onto floor from the ceiling itself. The same effect is achieved by installing high narrow doors and correctly placing lighting devices. For example, massive chandeliers, popular in Russia, make a room squat and cramped.
Professionals use the correct location and shape of two-level glossy ceilings to increase visual space.
As with a visual increase in the distance from the floor to the ceiling in a brick house, in a wooden one you also need to choose the right color and finishing material. To do this, in a wooden house it is often necessary to spend even less effort and money than in a brick building.
One option is to collect the caissons. In this case, the protruding parts should be darker than the ceiling plane. For coloring, you can take any cold shade.
Another option is to install a glossy stretch ceiling with a mirror effect. This creates a visual sensation of height, and the feeling that the ceiling is pressing on the brain is reduced to nothing. The mirror surface of the floor / ceiling will also visually increase the height, but this option would not be appropriate in every wooden house.
Stretch ceiling in a wooden house
If you need the most budget solution, just make the walls brighter rather than ceiling coating. To do this, you can stick on the walls colorful spectacular wallpaper or paint them in a brighter color than the ceiling. That is, for a visual increase in height it is not always necessary to think about how to change the ceiling. Sometimes it is enough just to glue the appropriate wallpaper on the walls.
It is not always a visual increase in the height of the ceilings in the room of a house built of wood, is associated with significant financial costs. This can be done with a limited budget. The main thing in this business, to show imagination and creativity.
Using any of the examples above, you can visually increase the height and total volume of the room.
A few additional recommendations for visually increasing the height of the ceiling can be found in the video:
High cabinets with narrow vertical elements
Visual stretching of the ceiling due to finishing
Visual support for the vertical
Ceiling and walls should merge
The ceiling should be bright
Try a wallpaper with a vertical pattern
Interior strips bedrooms
Better to do without a ceiling plinth
Carpet as a color accent
Use visually stretched furniture