How To Light a Room With Low Ceilings

Date Published: May 10th, 2021

Do you have low ceilings in your home? There’s no reason to let the space be dark and dreary. In fact, there are many ways in which you can light up a room with low ceilings. Our guide below covers many lighting tips and tricks that you can utilise in your home in order to brighten your rooms. Whether it’s the study, bedroom, living room or hallway, the right lighting can help to open up a space and make it seem inviting and airy.

Does my room have low ceilings?

In general terms, your room is usually classed as having low ceilings if they are under 8 feet high.

How to light a room with low ceilings

It’s best to avoid low hanging light fixtures when redecorating a room with low ceilings. Not only do they draw the eye downwards, but they can make the room look smaller and even risk getting in the way of your daily life.

That being said, there are plenty of lighting options to choose aside from low hanging light fixtures, such as floor lamps, wall lamps, recessed lights and more. The trick is to make the light last and spread into dark corners of the room. This can make a world of difference.

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How to layer lights in a room with low ceilings

Some of the best lighting schemes used by top interior designers include lighting that’s layered. This is when you use a combination of different lighting styles. For example, you can mix ambient light with task and accent lighting in order to highlight features and work surfaces that you want to draw the eye to.

If you’re looking to build or layer your lighting scheme in a room with low ceilings, consider floor lighting that will illuminate the ceiling and spread light as far as it can. When paired with recessed or task lighting, you may find that your room looks brighter and more inviting. Add some accent lighting into the mix and you’ll find that the combination makes your room more inviting than ever before.

Wall lighting

Sometimes, it’s easier to avoid installing overhead lighting altogether in a room that has low ceilings. This can be compensated for by using wall lights. Wall lighting can be stylish and versatile as well as practical and can be used to force light upwards into dark corners of the room. Ideally, you should aim to install wall lighting around 5 feet off the ground for maximum light distribution and to avoid bulb glare.

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