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5 Ways to Maximize Double-Height Ceilings

Keep your home looking bright, airy, and spacious

Original Article: Katherine Lopez Photography: Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

Whether you're planning to move into or build a multi-storey home, you may want to consider having a double-height ceiling. What exactly is this design wonder? It's when the space above the living area is left open since the second floor rooms aren't built directly above it. Aside from helping you keep the home open and inviting, this option also allows you to showcase a few styling hacks and pieces you've carefully chosen. Once you've decided to go for a double-height ceiling, you might be wondering how you can best make use of the available space. Worry no more, these ideas can help you out:

1. Use a chandelier or a pendant light as focal point.

What better way to captivate your guests that with a sophisticated lighting piece? A vintage chandelier or an odd number of pendant lights in varying length can accentuate height and add drama to your space. When choosing a lighting fixure, make sure it's proportional to the width of the room.

2. Complete the space with accent furniture pieces with height.

Have fun mixing and matching your furniture! Complement a low, sectional sofa with accent chairs with high backs. A wing chair is a cozy addition that you might want to consider—it can even serve as your special reading spot. For wing chairs you can check out, visit Mav Furniture and Design Armoire.

3. Invest in a tall work of art.

If you love collecting different artworks, this is your chance to reward yourself with a new investment piece. Choose a striking masterpiece that is vertically oriented to highlight your double-ceiling. You can place it in the middle of your wall to easily grab the attention of guests.

4. Avoid heavy drapes and thick curtains.

To make the most of the airy and spacious feel, choose sheer white curtains or roller blinds. These options give enough privacy while still allowing light to stream into the space.

5. Experiment with giant trees.

If you can go big and tall on the decor and artwork, you can do the same when decorating with plants! Plants that grow tall and huge like the Ponytail Palm and the Common Fig can complement your ceiling's height while adding a distinct refreshing charm.

READ: 5 Giant Trees You Can Grow Indoors

An original snippet appeared in the July 2016 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

PHOTOS: Style and Create | Michael Angelo Chua (Main and 2)

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