It can be difficult to decorate rooms with high ceilings. Take it from us: Here at Homemakers, our fireplace is so tall that we display furniture on the mantel!
Whether you’ve just moved in to your new home, or you’ve been there a while and the vaulted ceilings are still perplexing you, we can help. We talked to Brandon, a senior visual designer at Homemakers, and got the lowdown on some dos and don’ts for decorating your unique space.
Don’t overfill your wall
With a vaulted ceiling, your wall is a (large) blank slate, but resist the urge to cram it full of art. An overabundance of art and wall hangings invites visual discord and emphasizes the soaring wall height. The eye is drawn up, over and around with no focal point, resulting in cluttered and chaotic instead of casual and cozy.
“Don’t feel like you need to completely pack a room or pack a wall with art,” Brandon says. “Sometimes, less is more. You don’t want to put pictures all the way up to the ceiling because you’re going to feel like it’s 5,000 feet tall.”
Use a trim line as a guide before hanging wall décor
So you’re not going sky-high with your wall art: good start! But how high should you go in a room with tall ceilings?
Brandon uses a horizontal trim line, about nine feet above the floor, as a guide. You can even mark this line with painter’s tape for a handy visual. The upper edge of your picture frame or wall hanging should come within 5-10 inches of the trim line.
“With a tall wall, you don’t want to have everything so high that your eye is just going straight up,” Brandon says. “Then you start feeling lost and the space is just huge. This brings it down a little bit so it doesn’t feel so massive.”
Using a trim line also helps with the next tip:
Hang art at eye level
Hanging wall art at eye level provides the biggest impact. This is true whether you’re hanging one large statement piece or planning a gallery wall.
“Don’t hang anything above eye level, and don’t hang anything below eye level,” Brandon advises. “My eye should be able to hit the center of the artwork.
“A lot of people will take art and hang it up too high. Then you’re looking at this part,” he adds, pointing to the bottom of a framed print, “or in some cases, the wall below it.”
Before hanging, do a dry run on the floor
If you’re aiming for a collage of wall art, lay out your pieces on the floor. This way you can mix and match, finding the optimal arrangement before you start hammering.
When building a collage or gallery wall, Brandon prefers the consistency of one frame color— black frames with white mattes, for example — but notes that multiple frame colors also can work for a more eclectic look.
Use a level
Use a level when you mark and hang artwork. There’s nothing worse than stepping back to admire your handiwork and realizing your efforts are off-kilter.
“A level is your best friend,” Brandon says.
The best way to explore your style preferences is to dive right in and get started. After all, it’s an easy fix if you’re less than thrilled with your first attempts.
“I’m not afraid to try new things,” Brandon says. “If I don’t like it, it’s just as easy to take a picture off the wall as it is to hang it.”
How have you tackled your high-ceiling design difficulties? Share with us below, or tweet us @ShopHomemakers!
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