21 Living Rooms with Tall Ceilings Highlight Design Ideas (2023)

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You name it, we’ve got them here:vaulted, cathedral, coffered, tray, shed, double-height, dome, beamed and any other type of tall ceiling you can think of. High ceilings in living rooms create substantial areas of space which usually call for some kind of decorative treatment, be it architectural, artistic, photographic, or whatever. Bauhaus’ minimalist aesthetic says leave the space alone but that approach won’t work in every situation. Below, we’ve put together a curated gallery of living rooms with tall ceilings that offer some decorative ideas to address spatial considerations.

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1. Hot Pink Sofa adds Splash of Color to Massive Space

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Living room, in a home designed by London’s DOS Architects, features a massive open space with a wall of windows drawing in lots of natural light. A large hot pink sofa defines the seating area with a long wall bench positioned under the windows. The room also incorporates a bookcase, recessed lighting, a glass-top coffee table, accent chair and a hot pink ottoman to match the sofa.

DOS Architects, who work on projects all over the world, have given the space a subtle mosque-like atmosphere with traditional Islamic arched doors and windows introduced as part of the design. A corner of the room, with an area rug placed in front of windows, is set up like an Islamic prayer space. DOS Architects sometimes use microtopping on floors and facings, which can be applied to different surfaces for a seamless appearance. The small paintings, planted high up on the walls, are the one design element that seems out of place. The pieces chosen are too small for the space and get lost in the room. When you do notice them they compete with each other for attention. One large-scale painting, on the wall without any windows, might have been a better solution.

2. Bank of Windows Provide Money Shot View of Waterscape

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Contemporary living room features a double-height bank of windows with a money shot view of the Pacific Ocean. The space also includes beige sectionals, base cabinets in two alcoves, coffee table and an area rug over light wood flooring. A wall projection, with a gas fireplace, travels up to a second-floor balcony overlooking the space.

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3. One Wall Devoted to Windows and a Linear Gas Fireplace

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Elegant living space features a cathedral ceiling with a section of one wall devoted to windows and a custom-made, linear gas fireplace. The room also includes a sofa, coffee table, side tables and an assortment of tub and Bergère chairs. Most of the chairs sit on a large area rug although a few are pushed against a back wall. Recessed lighting, as well as clerestory and wall windows, illuminate the area. There are so many chairs in the space the overall effect seems kind of busy — less chairs and the addition of a large-scale painting on the blank wall — for example, an abstract triptych, like Joan Mitchell’s “Sans Neige” — might work well.

4. Recessed Lighting in Drop Ceiling Illuminates Room

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Minimalist living room features a white sofa set with two barrel chairs and a coffee table facing a widescreen TV. The space also includes marble fireplace, an accent wall with a marble effect and dark hardwood flooring. Recessed lighting illuminates the room with some sections of the ceiling dropped lower. Double-height, draped windows fill the wall leading to the outside.

5. Cluttered Room Lacks Cohesive Design Elements

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Large space, combining a foyer with a living room, features an assortment of mostly leather armchairs with a set of coffee tables and a grand piano. An enclosed circular staircase leads to the second floor. The room has white tile flooring with several area rugs that try to define distinctive spaces but they don’t really succeed. A sofa or two would have gone a long way in both dividing the room up and providing alternative seating options. Generally, using the color white makes a room feel bigger but there’s so much clutter here the color has little effect on the overall design. Hope somebody can play that piano.

6. Elegant Formal Living Room Lets Subtle Design Speak for Itself

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Elegant formal living room features a white sofa set with two massive club chairs and a matching ottoman. The space also includes a wood-burning fireplace, hardwood flooring and a large area rug. The walls and tall ceiling are a blue/green pastel color with large windows letting in plenty of natural light.

7. Supersized Room Completely Open to the Outside

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Large modern living room makes a seamless transition between the interior space and outside decking. The room features a white sofa set and a large area rug, along with spherical pendant lights suspended from a towering ceiling. The gigantic nature of the space makes everything seem supersized with massive blinds covering one glass wall, while sunlight streams in from another wall, completely open to the elements.

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8. Double-Height Ceiling Extends Over Outside Deck

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Living space, with expansive ocean views, features a white sofa set, tightly configured around a coffee table, that faces a large wood-burning concrete fireplace. One wall of the waterfront property opens to an outside deck that leads down to a beach area. The double-height ceiling includes an overhang that extends out over the outside deck area.

9. Chalet-Style Great Room Showcases Wood Craftsmanship

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Large chalet-style great room features a cedar wood plank cathedral ceiling with exposed beams and hardwood flooring. A leather sofa set is positioned in the center of the space, on an area rug, in front of a massive stone fireplace. The room also includes formal dining area and a breakfast bar.

10. Abstract Wall Art Works Well in Mix of Design Elements

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Living room, featuring a mix of design elements, has large-scale abstract wall art under a cathedral ceiling. The room, lit with recessed lighting, includes sectional sofas with armchairs, ottoman and mid-century modern coffee table. A large area rug covers concrete flooring with a glass wall opening to an outside deck area.

11. Sloped Ceiling Features Clerestory Windows

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Spacious living room features a large sectional sofa and chairs around a square glass-top coffee table. The sloped ceiling includes clerestory treatment above walls of windows with views of a mountainous landscape.

12. Ornate Candle Chandeliers Hang from Coffered Ceiling

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Large living room, features three candle-shape chandeliers suspended from a cofferedceiling with arched windows letting in plenty of natural light. The room includes two upholstered sofas with an armchair and coffee table, on a large area rug, facing an ornate wood-burning fireplace. A classical portrait painting, in the style of Goya, hangs over the fireplace with a grand piano across the room.

13. Tennessee Living Room Ready for Next Jam Session

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Great room, in a Franklin, TN home owned by musician Miley Cyrus, features a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and a massive stone fireplace that is constructed full-height against one wall. The space also features hardwood flooring, an area rug and two separate sitting areas with leather and fabric furniture. Natural lighting pours in through clerestory and lower level windows and doors on three sides of the room. Musical instruments, including an upright piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar and amp, sit against one wall ready for the next session to start. An elaborate candle chandelier hangs down in the center of the room, with table lamps and wall-mounted lamps providing even more lighting for the space.

14. Ornate Fireplace Dominates Living Room Space

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A massive, ornately carved wood-burning fireplace dominates large living space which also features a cathedral ceiling with exposed beams and a candle-shaped chandelier. In the center of the space an area rug is laid over the patterned hardwood flooring. Seating includes all antique furniture — two camelback sofas with armchairs, and a coffee table in front of the fireplace. A large, arched window provides the room with plenty of natural light.

15. Bookcase Designed for Both Fun and Function

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Compact living space, in a recently renovated Montreal home, features a gray sofa set, hardwood flooring, white shag rug and a bookcase, built of wooden slats, that extends through the double-height space. The bookcase serves as both a design element and a functional room divider screening the stairs and a colorful orange wall that lead to the second floor.

16. Crystal Chandelier Hangs Suspended From Rococo Tray Ceiling

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A crystal chandelier hangs suspended from a rococo tray ceiling in a living room lavishly decorated with old world sophistication. Even though there is lots of space to cover, the interior design is well-thought-out and comprehensive in its choice of furnishings and art work.

17. Massive Skylight Opens Up Ceiling

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The interior design of this room is nothing special but the hole in the ceiling, as big as anything this side of the oculus in Ancient Rome’s Pantheon, is definitely worth examining. You could also just call the opening a “skylight” but that wouldn’t really do it justice — the architectural aperture takes up a considerable space in the ceiling and provides a massive amount of light to the interior. The rest of the living room is really a missed opportunity although the dark hardwood flooring is a keeper.

18. Fireplace Obscures the View But Still Keeps Things Interesting

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Mexico’s Grupo Arquitectura pulls out all the stops in this contemporary living room designed with a wall of windows and double-height ceiling. A fireplace planted right in the middle of the wall of glass provides enough architectural interest to make you forget that it is also obscuring the view outside. Two large, industrial metal pipes extend from the top of the fireplace out through the top of the ceiling. Three sofas, two chesterfield chairs and a set of coffee tables take up the space in front of the fireplace. A large piece of pop art, immaculately placed on one wall, solves any conceptual puzzle the designer may have faced. Well played.

19. Cantilevered Staircase Leads to Second-Story Loft

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Living room, in a minimalist home designed by Studio GYZA, features a living space with concrete walls, gray sofa set, glass-top coffee table and floor lamp. An area rug covers a small section of the hardwood flooring. A cantilevered staircase leads to a second-story loft with contemporary pendant light fixtures hanging from the double-height ceiling.

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20. Terrazzo-Accent Fireplace Dominates One Wall

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Mid-century modern living room, in a Pasadena architectural classic owned by actor Meryl Streep, features a white sofa set, a terrazzo-accent, wood-burning fireplace, two coffee tables and an area rug covering hardwood flooring. The walls of the home, built in 1959, are exposed concrete block. A wood plank cathedral ceiling has both recessed and semi-flush lighting. A wall of double-height glass windows provides more illumination and a view of the pebble-stone terrace out back.

21. Fireplace and Windows Extend to Top of Double-Height Ceiling

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Living room features an ornately carved fireplace that extends the length of the double-height ceiling. Seating includes a camelback sofa and armchair with coffee table over an area rug. Natural light pours in through a wall of glass.

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What is the best color for high ceilings? ›

An all-white look is probably the best paint colour for large rooms with high ceilings. This is because white shows off the natural features of a space and is ideal for rooms with a lot of natural light.

What ceiling height is luxury? ›

Floor-to-ceiling height

A luxurious apartment typically has a ceiling height of 12 feet or more.

What is the disadvantages of high ceilings? ›

While high ceilings are known to bring grandeur and luxury in an average room, it can be quite a tedious task to clean and maintain them. Moreover, installing high ceilings can be a bit expensive and you will have to keep more money reserved for this stylish addition to your abode.

Which lighting scheme is best suited for room with high ceiling? ›

A good rule of lighting for high ceilings is that which favors the use of pendant lamps.

What color makes the ceiling look lower? ›

As a general rule, ceilings that are lighter in tone than the walls feel higher, while darker colors will make the ceiling feel lower.

What are high ceiling living rooms called? ›

Cathedral Ceiling

Cathedral ceilings are often found in large living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and even the master bath.

What color to paint small rooms with high ceilings? ›

Lighter colors often make a room appear larger, so apply a coat of neutral-colored paint to all four walls. Choose a color such as soft grey or light tan to lighten the room to its maximum. Neutral hues are a perfect backdrop for any room, as they coordinate with pastels or bright shades.

Are 12 foot ceilings too high? ›

Ceilings can go beyond the industry standard, to 10 and 12 feet high. Higher ceilings, up to 12 feet, are not uncommon, especially in renovated loft apartments and pre-war style architecture (between 1890 and 1940). A new house can also be designed with varying ceiling heights.

What colors to paint a large living room? ›

Warm tones, like creamy beige, chocolate browns, rusty reds or desert-inspired hues, bring energy into a space and instantly make it feel more cozy. Cool tones, like popular crisp whites, classic gray, soothing greens and fresh blues, evoke feelings of calm and help small spaces feel larger.

What is a good ceiling height for living room? ›

According to the National Building Code (NBC), the standard ceiling height is ninety-six inches, or eight feet; for suspended ceilings; the minimum height is ninety inches, or seven and a half feet. But nine- and ten-foot ceilings are now common, not only in living rooms and kitchens, but also in bedrooms.

Do tall ceilings add value? ›

Homes with high ceilings offer so much more – space, natural light, aesthetic appeal, plus they can even boost your home's value.

Does high ceiling add value house? ›

Typically, high ceilings boost a home's value by 5% to 25%; in fact, the National Association of Property Builders found that raising ceiling height increased property values by an average of $4,000.

How does high ceilings make it feel like the room is bigger? ›

Studies have shown that higher ceilings promote a sense of spaciousness, which can lead to feelings of relaxation and even euphoria. On the other hand, lower ceilings tend to make people feel more grounded, which can lead to feelings of security and comfort.

Why old homes have high ceilings? ›

Tall ceilings were introduced in old homes to ventilate hot air without air-conditioning. When you have an HVAC unit in the home, you will need to pay extra to cool the added space of the home. The problems extend to the winter seasons as well, with the hot air rising above into the tall ceilings.

How do you light a room with a 20 foot ceiling? ›

7 ideas for lighting tall ceilings
  1. Start with a hanging light and supplement it. ...
  2. Use long-lasting LED lights. ...
  3. Use natural light. ...
  4. Be smart with your recessed lighting. ...
  5. Choose large hanging lights. ...
  6. Place your lights in three layers. ...
  7. Add unique fixtures.
Jul 22, 2022

How do you light a large living room with high ceilings? ›

Add table lamps, step lights, or uplights to the bottom portion. Floor lamps, wall sconces, or low-hanging pendants can go in the middle. The top should have recessed cans, track lighting, or larger, higher hanging lights or fans.

How do I choose a lighting layout? ›

10 First Steps to Follow When Planning the Perfect Lighting For Your Home
  1. Establish the budget. ...
  2. Pick a Theme, Genre, or Design Type. ...
  3. Layer lighting. ...
  4. Start with the statement light. ...
  5. Consider the requirements of each room. ...
  6. Be precise with measurements. ...
  7. Get creative. ...
  8. Stay educated about new technology.
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What color ceiling makes a room look bigger? ›

If you paint the ceiling a darker color than the walls, it will make the ceiling feel closer and the room feel smaller. But if you paint the ceiling a lighter color than the walls, it will make the room feel bigger, even if you are using dark shades on the walls.

How much does it cost to paint a living room with high ceilings? ›

Hiring professional painters to paint your ceilings will cost anywhere from $1 to $2.50 per square foot. Painting services are usually charged by the square foot, and depending on your project, the cost per square foot could decrease as the surface area you are painting increases.

How do painters reach high ceilings? ›

In most rooms, a ladder is all you need in order to be able to reach the edges and ceilings for painting. However, if you have a really large space, it might require scaffolding. If you don't already have these items on hand, you can often rent ladders and scaffolding from a hardware store.

What is the most popular ceiling paint color? ›

White ceiling paint is the most popular choice for homes, but no color is off-limits. Colored ceilings are a great way to change the shape and mood of a room. White ceiling paint: Ceilings are most often painted white to reflect light and brighten up a room.

What colors make a room look bigger and brighter? ›

Lighter paint colors like off-whites, light neutrals, pales, and pastels give the illusion of larger, brighter rooms.

What color hides ceiling imperfections? ›

Bright white paints containing cooler colors of blue or green pigments show irregularities better than softer whites because they are more reflective, so stick to those with warmer undertones of yellow or pink for best results.

Are high ceilings modern? ›

The great thing is that high ceilings are making a comeback and they are being included in more and more modern custom homes – thanks to open floor plans being a prominent feature in many contemporary homes.

What is a glam living room? ›

A glam living room can range from comfortably chic to formal and sophisticated. The constant in this style is shiny elements like brass, gold, and silver; luxurious fabrics such as faux fur, silk, and velvet; and an inherent feminine flair.

What is double height living room? ›

A regular ceiling measures around 10-12 feet high. On the contrary, a double-height living room measures around 23-25 feet high, almost twice the regular ceiling.

What is the best Colour to paint a small living room? ›

If you want to give your small living room a more spacious feel, opt for colours on the lighter side. White, in particular, has the wonderful ability to almost 'expand' a room as any natural light just bounces off it. For a more cosy feel, add a touch of warmth with Beige 01.

Which color is good for small living room? ›

The pros suggest neutral tans, light grays, classic whites, and rich blue-green hues for your walls to make your space appear larger.

Why do Florida homes have high ceilings? ›

In an effort to keep houses cooler during the summer months, many homes in Florida built after 1980 incorporated the 'great room' design. This method of construction normally features vaulted or high ceilings where most of the common rooms are under one roof, not separated by floor to ceiling walls.

What was standard ceiling height in 1970s? ›

In the 1970's, the average ceiling height was 7 feet 9 inches. Today a standard ceiling height is nine feet on the first floor and eight on the second. Here are some other comparisons from House & Garden: In 1974, one in four homes had at least four bedrooms.

How do you design your room in high rise? ›

Once you're in a room, tap the 'Rooms Icon' on the top left-hand of your screen then choose 'My Rooms'. Once you do this, tap on 'Create a Room'. From there, choose the size and style of room you'd like to build, which radio station you'd like to listen to, and write a room description.

How do you make a high ceiling room less echoey? ›

Utilizing fabric wrapped acoustical panels is your first line of defense for how to reduce echo in a room with high ceilings. They are constructed of acoustical materials and trap enough waves to reduce both echo and reverberation. Place them near eye level for maximum effect.

How high to hang a picture with 20 foot ceilings? ›

A good rule of thumb is to hang art so that its midpoint is between 57 and 60 inches from the floor. Aim for the lower end of the range if most members of your household are on the short side; in rooms with ceilings higher than eight feet, artwork can be hung a little higher than 60 inches off the floor.

How do you make a high ceiling look lower? ›

How to Make Your High Ceiling Look Lower
  1. Use Short Curtains. ...
  2. Decorate the Ceiling. ...
  3. Add High Furniture to the Room. ...
  4. Use Contrasting Colors to Paint the Walls and the Ceiling. ...
  5. Hang Lamps. ...
  6. Create Horizontal Designs on Walls. ...
  7. Avoid lighting up the ceiling. ...
  8. Use pictures to trick eyes.
Jun 29, 2021

How do you decorate a gap between a wall and a ceiling? ›

Here's how to do so seamlessly to conceal the gap and create a flush look throughout.
  1. Step 1: Mesh drywall tape. ...
  2. Step 2: Apply joint compound. ...
  3. Step 3: Paper tape. ...
  4. Step 4: More mud. ...
  5. Step 5: Let the mud dry. ...
  6. Step 6: Sand. ...
  7. Step 7: Paint.
Sep 25, 2019

Which two colour combination is best for living room? ›

Purple and pink, teal with white, yellow with grey, yellow with blue, green with teal, and brown and white are some of the best color combinations for living room.

How do you style a massive living room? ›

13 Decorating Tips To Making A Large Room Feel Cozy
  1. Strategically place tall potted plants. ...
  2. Paint two-tone walls. ...
  3. Swap your coffee tables for oversized ottomans. ...
  4. Round out a big seating plan with a pair of X-benches. ...
  5. Use a daybed as a room divider. ...
  6. Define zones with a console table. ...
  7. Add coziness with a screen.
Jun 5, 2013

Do high ceilings make a room look bigger? ›

Your home feels more spacious: High ceilings can instantly make your home feel more spacious and luxurious. In fact, the extra height even makes very small rooms feel bigger! Rooms with high ceilings also have the advantage of being able to accommodate beautiful feature lighting, such as a chandelier.

How much more expensive are 12 foot ceilings? ›

Higher ceilings mean higher construction costs.

It also requires more materials than a standard nine-foot ceiling, including drywall, primer, and paint, which translates to more costs. Raising a standard-height ceiling in a 20-by-20-foot room to a height of 11 to 12 feet can cost anywhere from $18,000 to $25,000.

What is habitable room height? ›

Standard Ceiling Height NSW

In a habitable room, a ceiling height of 2.4 metres has been the norm for many years. In modern residential design, it is more common to see ceilings higher than this in most rooms, with the exception of bedrooms and studies where they are often lower.

Do high ceilings keep house cool? ›

One of the benefits of homes with higher ceilings, is any heat rises further away from the ground which means less contact with the heat for residents. For homes with high ceilings ceiling fans are a great alternative to reduce the demand on your AC system, and can reduce your cooling bill.

What is the cantaloupe rule? ›

A décor principle among interior designers postulates that home accents shouldn't be smaller than a cantaloupe (it is aptly called “the Cantaloupe rule”).

Does light grey make a room look bigger? ›

Choosing an ultra-light grey (that is almost off-white) is a great way to make your rooms appear slightly bigger than they really are. Because light grey matches with everything from bold red to chocolate brown, it's an excellent option for renters who have unique furniture and décor.


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