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I don't like low ceilings...
...but that's life. And coming up with lighting ideas for low ceilings is a tricky thing.
I love tall ceilings....the higher the better.
I love ceilings with soaring heights.....lined with rustic beams and giant chandeliers and crystals and glitter and rooms full of glistening light.
Rooms that would have hosted King Arthur and his round-table knights for dinner.
But the reality is....we don't all live in castles.
According to a recent survey....the average home's ceiling height is 8 feet.
That's all us non-castle living people.
So how do you add light fixtures to a standard room that create the illusion of height and still have the ability to make the room feel spacious?
1. Industrial Lighting
The industrial light fixture trend is here to stay.
Add warmth and a twist on traditional design with zinc and steel and chrome and wire, as seen in the industrial chic interior design trend.
Industrial design offers graphic and clean lines that add a old-world feel to a room while bringing a feeling of nostalgia to any decor.
2. Modern and Contemporary Lighting
Modern contemporary light fixtures create drama and provide a basic foundation for the rest of the room's decor.
Or why not introduce elegant modern lighting fixtures to really make a statement?
Adding a dramatic light fixture provides visual interest at the ceiling and draws the eye upward making the room feel larger.
3. Classic and Simple Lighting
One way to visually raise the height of your ceiling is with lighting that blends in with the surrounding decor.
Try a classic white close-to-ceiling light that adds texture and classic appeal.
Or choose a neutral fixture with a subtle repeating geometric pattern for a contemporary take on a classic ceiling light.
4. Go Bold With Color
Embrace color and enhance a low ceiling with bold hues and patterns.
Whether it's stripes or a brick weave pattern....vibrant lighting choices can add drama and interest to any decor.
Or why not try polka dots or custom designed art shade lighting for your room?
Vivid colors wrap the room in warmth and create a welcoming ambiance.
Whatever your ceiling height....whatever your decor.....lighting can make all the difference.
So whether bold or neutral, industrial or contemporary....choose whichever lighting ideas enhance your low ceilings.....
....and make your castle feel like a home.
Photo credits: photo 1: House to Home, UK photo 2: Apartment Therapy photo 3: Harpers Bazaar photo 4: bhg photo 5: bhg
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like. Follow KariAnne on Google+
Good informative post.