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Anita Turley 12-06-2006 02:51 PM

How to improve a low ceiling room
My house has 7' ceilings. It has been suggested that I use crown molding or rich colors with a faux finish. The room tends to be a little dark on it's own and I do not want to contribute to the lack of ceiling height and darkness. HELP!!:huh:

redline 12-06-2006 07:36 PM

Is this a suspended tile ceiling or does it have drywall?

Christopher 12-07-2006 03:30 PM


I would suggest that crown molding will actually close the ceiling in, making it seem lower.

Absolute recommendation: use the flattest paint you can buy, no sheen. Even egg-shell has sheen so don't use it on the ceiling.

Second recommendation: brightest white color.

I realize that the above recommendations may be what you now have. A flat white finish should give the highest appearance to a low ceiling.

Just my "two cents".


yummy mummy 12-07-2006 03:33 PM

I once heard that if you extend the colour of the ceiling down the wall approximately, 5 inches then start your wall colour after that.

I heard that this gives the illusion of a taller ceiling.

I have never tried it before, but I have heard this from an interior designer. 2 cents too.

billinak 12-07-2006 06:10 PM

Illusion Schmillusion
I have 7' 2" ceilings painted with flat white ceiling paint and when it really comes down to it, there's nothing that's gonna make much of a difference. Then again no one comes to my house and says "My what low ceilings you have!" On the plus side, I never needed a ladder! I say just go with the white and save your time and money for another project

Anita Turley 12-10-2006 07:24 PM

To elaborate on my original request, the walls will have the rich color, ceiling will be white and accompanied with crown molding. The room itself is quite large, just the ceilings are low. I noticed examples on TV have white ceilings and color on walls but I cannot tell how high the ceilings are.
Bt the way, thank you all for your 2 cents. ;-}

Anita Turley 12-10-2006 07:26 PM


clasact 12-13-2006 05:35 AM

I have 7 footers also and just redid that roon I used cotrasting colors deep rich burgandy on the walls and almost a tan on the ceiling to match the tile floor it seamed tp give the room dept.Also no mold around the ceiling but put some nice oak trim around the windows and some stone work between the windows this all helped to pull yor eye away from the fact that the ceiling is low

Anita Turley 12-13-2006 12:43 PM

Thank you clasact. You are just what the paint doctor ordered. I will take your suggestions and hopefully it will work just as well for me.

Again, Thanks!!!

clasact 12-13-2006 01:10 PM

if i could figure out how to post a picture I would show you what i did but I am a little more handy with a hanner then a computer

Adonis 12-13-2006 10:43 PM


Originally Posted by Anita Turley (Post 26092)
My house has 7' ceilings. It has been suggested that I use crown molding or rich colors with a faux finish. The room tends to be a little dark on it's own and I do not want to contribute to the lack of ceiling height and darkness. HELP!!:huh:

crown molding bring attention to the height of the walls, dark colors make the place dim

no crown molding and no colors, painting the walls and the ceiling the same color , Pure White would be the best, it will fool the eye and give you the feeling of larger room and higher ceiling

clasact 12-14-2006 07:17 AM

low ceilings
Here is a pic of what I've done with my low ceilings.

Notice floor color and stone work are same hues as the ceiling, trim is in golden oak stain.
Granted this is a larger room, it took over 300 12" tiles for the floor and the three windows that I've added span a length of 12 ft. To give more height we used longer curtains.

It's not finished yet but, we are off to a good start, valences will be between the curtains and gold sheers will be layered behind. It is our dining room so the furnature will be in the golden oak stain as well as a fancy floor trim to tie everything together.

Adonis 12-14-2006 09:34 AM

that looks good casact

this what i did in one 7 FT high basement,
all white but notice the west wall painted light olive green-
floor is tiled, white tiles with grey strikes
lights are flush with the ceiling

yummy mummy 12-14-2006 09:39 AM

adonis and clasact
Nice job adonis and clasact.

Clasact, I notice that your tiles on the floor and layed out in a brick type fashion.

Did you cut the tiles to get that size, or did they come like that?

clasact 12-14-2006 08:52 PM

I just off set the center and worked out to the edge and cut the outside tiles.The walls were not square so the edge tile are not all the same but it flows to the kitchen and I wanted it to continue in a stright line and surprisingly enough it does.Oh and the stone work between the windows was not hard at all in case anyone was considering it and it really set the room off

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