Paint or window treatments can trick the eye into seeing more space in a room

May 12 2011

Floor-to-ceiling window treatments can give the illusion of higher ceilings in a room.
Floor-to-ceiling window treatments can give the illusion of higher ceilings in a room.
Home decorators can perform some quick magic when they create the illusion of space in rooms that feel closed in by low ceilings.

Choosing a simple floor-to-ceiling window treatment is the best way to solve this decorating dilemma. Buying custom blinds online gives consumers a huge choice of blinds in different shapes and sizes to fit small, large or odd-shaped windows. For instance, vertical blinds accentuate the height of a room by guiding the eye from top to bottom in one clean line.

Other decorating tricks rely on paint to fool the eye. Better Homes and Garden magazine suggests painting the walls in a soft, receding color and continuing the same hue on the ceiling, or choosing one shade lighter in the same color family.

Painting stripes or using a striped wallpaper, however subtle, also guides the eye up and down and gives a feeling of added height in a room.

Placing art work higher on a wall or above a fireplace mantel also takes the eye upward. As an alternative, small, related works of art can be arranged in a vertical formation for a similar effect.
 
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