Interior Design: High Ceilings

When it comes to designing a room with tall walls and high ceilings, it can seem like quite a monumental task to fill the space. It seems easy to fill a space when it is horizontal, especially closets, but when it comes to vertical space, it can pose some unique decorating challenges. If the space is not designed to include the extra high space, the room can feel cold and empty. In order to avoid this design faux pas and successfully incorporate the high ceilings into your design, you will need to blend the upper and lower areas by helping to draw the eyes upwards.

Window Treatments - Benjamin Moore - High Ceilings

Window Treatments

It is important to hang draperies at ceiling height. If they are hung lower, it creates a division in the wall and makes the upper area feel isolated. It may seem like it will be too much at first, but the effect is dramatic and will complete the room. Consider using a solid color as patterns can overwhelm a room with high ceilings.


Use your empty wall space to showcase your artwork. This could be a great opportunity to do a gallery or a collage style design on your wall space. You can incorporate different styles, shapes, and colors, but make sure they all tie together and help draw the eye upwards.


Shelving is a great way to fill a space in a creative way. When it comes to high ceilings, you may have to combine book shelves with art shelves. You can also consider hanging floating shelves in different spots on the wall. Shelving can create a dynamic and fun use of tall wall space.

Paint A Feature Wall

A feature wall from the floor all the way to the ceiling can help bring the two parts of the room together. This can easily be accomplished with a can of Benjamin Moore Paint from Helm Paint & Decorating. If you have a fireplace, consider tiling it up to the ceiling with more tile, brick or stone. Wallpaper is another great way to create a feature wall. Textured wallpaper is perfect for any room, but can really help add dimension to a larger room. Take a look at this alligator wallpaper in chestnut from Thibaut.

Architectural Details & Lighting Fixture

High ceilings are beautiful, but sometimes they can feel very empty. Consider adding exposed beams or bead board to your room design. These types of architectural details can add depth and character to these large spaces. A high ceiling is the perfect opportunity to add some “light” drama to a room. A large statement, lighting fixture can be the perfect final touch to a room. It does not have to be wide in scale. Consider something that is striking but still elegant.

Alligator Wallpaper for High Ceilings

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