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March 28th, 2023

How to light a room with low ceilings

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Low ceilings don’t have to mean a dark and cramped space. With some crafty lighting, you can transform the room to feel airy and inviting. Here’s Dorval Lighting’s expert guide to lighting a room with low ceilings.

What is the best type of lighting for a room with low ceilings?

Avoid large low-hanging light fixtures like chandeliers that can make the room look smaller and cause obstruction. Wall lights or floor and table lamps are great alternatives.

Aim for an even spread of light to avoid dark corners or areas of light contrast. Use different light sources at various heights and levels to draw attention away from the ceiling and emphasise the wider space.

How to layer light in a room with low ceilings

To create a well-designed lighting scheme, it’s important to layer different types of lighting.

There are three main types:

  • Ambient (overall lighting)
  • Ask (for specific areas)
  • Accent (for highlighting features and creating atmosphere)

1. Ambient lighting

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Uplighters like wall lights and floor lamps are great options for ambient lighting in a room with low ceilings.

2. Task lighting

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Floor and table lamps are perfect for providing task lighting in a room with low ceilings. Opt for adjustable styles to ensure you can target specific areas effectively.

3. Accent lighting

Accent lighting can add depth to a room with low ceilings and highlight certain features, such as ceiling beams in an old house. Dimmers can be added for extra control over the lighting levels.

What can I do with low ceilings in my bedroom?

It may feel like a low ceiling room prevents much innovation and creativity, but luckily there are a variety of things to implement in your low ceiling room to create brilliant contrasts and eye-catching focus points:

  • Paint the walls and floor with a light colour – A lightly coloured room goes a long way to making the space around you seem much more open than it is.
  • Add extra light fixtures – Low ceiling rooms find it easy to feel darker and more cramped, adding extra light will do a lot in the way of tackling this.
  • Hang large mirrors on the walls – Nothing opens up a room more than a mirror
  • Use tall items of furniture – Give the low ceiling a friend with a tall lamp, plant, pillar or column. This will put good use to the limited vertical space that you have.

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