Time to reach into the tip bag for some home decorating illusions.
Are your rooms small with low ceilings? With a little magic, you can make the ceiling appear higher.
Try hanging pictures just a little lower than normal, which increases the wall space above them. Or paint the ceiling a lighter shade than the walls, to draw eyes upward. If the room is cluttered, a bold, solid color on the walls ties everything together.
Create the illusion of a higher space above furniture by installing a horizontal plate rail just below the top of the tallest piece of furniture. Ceiling trim or cove moulding makes the illusion work even better. A chair rail about 18″ above the floor can complete the effect by leading the eye away from doors and windows, which draw attention to a low ceiling.
While you’re working with your trim, you can make your cove molding appear more ornate with a little paint. Paint the molding a single color or a combination of colors, and then paint a 1″ or 2″ strip both below the molding on the wall and above the molding on the ceiling. Voila… more elaborate trim without the expense.
Ornate plaster ceiling medallions were an elegant characteristic of older homes. These days, you can get that look without a big budget. Medallions (and trim) made of polyurethane are lightweight, inexpensive, and easy to install. But before you use them, consider the character of the room. Installing a flowery ornament like this may make you want to replace the rest of the room’s molding to tie the look together. Of course, that’s fine if you’re ready to do it.