Making a Room Look More Spacious from Above

Making a Room Look More Spacious From Above


Perhaps one of the greatest frustrations when dealing with entertaining guests for the holidays is making a small room seem like it present on a much grander scale. Although there is not much you can do when you are finally within the room to make it seem less small, there are a few tricks that you can use above, towards the ceiling, which will create an effect that will convince your guests that you have a much larger room. This method of remodeling and DIY would greatly be considered to be an aspect of working with optical illusions among anything else.

If you don’t already use crown molding within your room, the holidays is a great time to start. By investing in enough molding and the proper type, you can easily make the ceiling seem more spacious and give the room a feeling of a grander scale. The key here is to make use of the type of molding that tapers. It should be the smallest and thinnest towards the bottom and then gradually build towards the top. Not only does this create a beautiful effect based on lighting and shadows within the room, it also provides the eyes with an illusion that the ceiling is wider than it actually is.

Another way to create the illusion of a spacious ceiling is to change up the color or the pattern of the ceiling itself. The easiest option is to change the color to something more suitable for the holidays and then provide the detailing by changing some of the key aspects of the molding around the ceiling itself, matching it to correspond. However, individuals can make a more impressive effect by basically wallpapering the area of the ceiling instead. This works great when you are working with patterns, such as celestial themes or other related patterns. The patterns create an illusion to the eye that the ceiling is actually wider.

Assuming that the individual knows some general basics with painting, knowing how to create a drop shadow during the painting process is another way to make a room seem larger from the area of the ceiling. Painting slight shadows into certain parts of the molding or where molding is not yet present is a way to create areas which seem as if the ultimate top of the ceiling is larger and wider than it actually is.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.