When you are decorating a room, it’s important that you make use of all of the space in there. This is especially important in a smaller room where space is limited, but a lot of people forget about vertical space. If you look upwards, there is a lot of space that doesn’t get used, particularly in rooms with tall ceilings. If you do not do anything with the vertical space in a room, it can make it feel very empty. You’re also missing out on a good opportunity to add clever storage solutions that free up some floor space. These are some of the best ways that you can make use of the vertical space in a room.
The easiest way to make use of the vertical space in a room and get some extra storage space at the same time is to add some shelving on the walls. If you put shelves higher up, you can store things out of the way, which gives you more floor space. It also means that you don’t have a blank space, you have something going on up there. You can add things like plants and ornaments so it is an aesthetic feature as well as a practical storage feature.
If you have bookcases in a room, why not consider extending them upwards? Instead of having a short bookshelf that extends along the wall, you can have a tall thin one instead. This is great for corners that don’t get much use because you are taking up vertical space rather than taking up an entire wall with a long bookcase.
Raise The Curtains
If you have your curtains at window height and there is a lot of space above them, it makes the room feel very empty and everything above the line of the curtains is dead space. But you can easily fix that and draw attention upwards if you simply raise the curtains. Instead of having the rail right above the level of the window, move it up a few feet. The long flowing curtains make a great feature, and they fill a lot of the dead vertical space, so the room doesn’t feel as empty.
Statement Light Fixtures
In a very tall room, a standard light fixture with a small shade around it doesn’t fill that space very well. But if you experiment with statement light fixtures, you can fill the space and add a more interesting decorative feature to the room at the same time. Things like chandeliers, for example, are ideal for tall rooms. If you hang them low, you can bring the ceilings down and make the room feel more homely. As well as chandeliers, you could also consider smart ceiling fans instead. This is a better option if you are going for a more modern look and it’s more functional in the summer because it will help you to keep the room cool.
Experiment With Wall Art
Wall art is a great way to brighten up a blank wall and add some more interesting layers of color to the room. Most of the time, it is displayed at eye height, but there is no reason that you can’t experiment with it a bit. You can put things higher up on the wall or even hang things from the ceiling. You should also look for larger pieces that a larger portion of the wall and extend upwards. If you are feeling particularly creative, you could even paint some murals on the wall and cover some of that vertical space.
When you are painting the walls, you should consider mixing colors to break the room up a bit. If you paint the bottom two thirds of the room in one color and then use another color for the top third, it creates two distinct sections and brings the eye level down a bit, so the room doesn’t feel as tall. Doing this gives you a great opportunity to experiment with different colors. If you paint all of the walls in a dark shade, it will make the room look too dark and dingy. But if you are using the vertical space, you can use those darker shades at the top of the room, and offset them with something lighter towards the bottom. However, you need to consider the flow of light into the room and make sure that the dark areas are not soaking up too much of the natural light that comes in.
Vertical space is often overlooked, which is a big waste because there are so many great ways that you can use it.