Elegance, space, and visibility. These are some elements associated with height and this is the reason why high ceilings are so popular and sought after. Having height or creating the illusion of a greater vertical space is not just a matter of aesthetics, it also has a personal effect. The feeling of spaciousness in the place where you spend time improves your mood and can be comforting. However, making the most out of these dimensions is not always achieved in the best way and the space can turn out feeling cold and empty.
Big walls are an opportunity to experiment, from decoration to space utilization. The first thing to do is to turn it into a focal point instead of ignoring it. To do this, we should add it to the environment created at eye level, so the room will not feel divided into the upper and lower areas.
Attraction through art
Unless there is a reason to turn your eyes up, this almost never happens and, even when there is a feeling of vertical spaciousness, it is wasted. The wall, therefore, has to be decorated beyond eye level and the element that attracts the eyes upwards should be continued to cause a desire to look up. One of the most important trends when it comes to art placing is gallery style, where instead of limiting one painting per wall, a composition is created with several pieces on one surface. High walls are great allies for this kind of composition, starting at eye level and going up.
Color and texture
Placing curtains at ceiling height creates a feeling of unity. Even if the window does not go all the way to the border, it is preferable to put them all the way up to avoid having a vertical space with a horizontal line cutting across it. The effect is heavy with drama and gives a spaciousness feeling without being cold, since texture is being added to the whole space. As for style, solid colors are a better choice, since patterns can be too much when using them for large spaces.
Wall borders that touch the floor are usually decorated with baseboards, painting patterns, lines, or even vinyl or wallpaper. This is the custom because they are closer to people and this makes them more visible. The upper borders should also have a detailed treatment to create unity with what is at floor level and attract the eyes.
Instead of choosing built-in light sources, high ceilings open the possibility to play with different kinds of lamps. Depending on the overall décor, these can be overloaded or minimalist, but the idea is for them to be flashy. The light is not the only thing that attracts, but also the element that emits it. For corner spaces, a simpler lamp is preferred, so it does not seem to be trapped, while areas with greater vertical space can include more elaborate elements placed at the center of the room or above the coffee table or dining table, for example.
Choosing only one wall to stand out among the rest is a great option to turn an empty space into one that offers a particular style. In order to make the space pop, you just need to cover the chosen wall with a different material that plays with both color and texture. Bricks, rocks, tiles, or wooden panels do not require a long or expensive remodeling process and can fully transform the space while adding personality, since this will impact the whole decoration. A simpler choice is to change the wall color or cover it with a bright wallpaper.
Covering walls with shelves is an excellent way of taking advantage of space, as long as they do not overload it, because they can cause the illusion of the ceiling being lower than it actually is. If shelves have enough space between them and there is air around the objects on them, high walls are perfect for holding shelves or full built-in bookshelves.
Turning the ceiling into protagonist is a great way to highlight a place’s height; one coat of bright painting might work. Including other options that add personality through design is also worth it, like a covering or wooden beams, a lit perimeter or a textured pattern.