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High ceiling homes are impressive, but what are the tricks of the trade when it comes to decorating these vast, lofty expanses? Weve gathered together some of the best examples to walk you through itâ€¦
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Hang pendant lighting on long cord extensions so that the shades can be enjoyed at normal viewing height, as lights suspended at too high a level will only be overlooked and go to waste.
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But this needn’t be the case if you have a bigger arrangement that is more than capable of standing out on its own.
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Chandeliers for high ceilings always look amazing when picked in generous proportions as their complex designs demand attention, and their sparkle looks expensive. Alternatively, you can install track lighting that isn’t meant to be a focal point, but is easily moveable over long areas for useful task lighting as and when needed, even if you should have a quick furniture change around.
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High walls can, and should be, utilized as extended storage areas; an ideal example of this is the installation of a home library that not only takes full advantage of the added stacking space but looks attractive, warm and homey as well. Don’t forget the addition of a home library ladder too though or you will be left feeling frustrated every time you find the need to get the step ladders back out of the shed to reach that much needed hardback edition on a high shelf; top shelves up in the rafters can be used for storing little used keepsake editions that you just can’t seem to bare to part with, or for displaying art and artifacts far from the reach of clumsy visitors!
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With lofty ceiling heights you must also consider the effect this will have on the acoustics in the home; in order to minimize the echo remember to invest in some plush rugs and plenty of scatter cushions to plump up your soft furnishings and absorb some of those bouncing sound waves.
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Tall textured or patterned panels are a good addition to a dual level space, either to act as a sound dampener or to create a strong focal point amidst the airy layout; the panel will also draw the eye upwards to appreciate the lofty proportions.
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The ideal placement for such a panel is as an extension of a roaring fireplace, or as a modern entertainment-wall backing towering from behind the television or projector screen.
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When choosing wall art for high ceiling homes go for the largest pieces you can find within your budget to fill the wall space confidently, as smaller pieces will easily be lost amongst the vast expanse of wall space.
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High ceiling window treatments are often stark, but high ceiling curtains can work well when created in a sheer fabric to still make the most of all that wonderful natural light. Venetian blinds provide a practical solution for taller windows, as they can be tipped slightly to shield the room and its inhabitants from excess glare whilst still letting in the daylight.
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If you are lucky enough to be renovating a dual height space to your own specification, a mezzanine landing installation is an excellent use of space and allows you to look down over your living space, as well as providing an extra vantage point to gaze out over your land through ceiling height windows.
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