07/10/2014 11:10 am ET Updated Sep 09, 2014

6 Tricks for Making a Room Feel Bigger

Raise the roof. Here's how to fake a higher ceiling.


Paint the trim.
Differentiate the walls from the ceiling with a 3-inch band of paint in a contrasting color.

Say no to overhead lights.
Don't draw attention with bright lights; rather, hang wall sconces.

Remove picture rails.
Picture molding can make a wall feel lower than it actually is.


Choose thin molding.
When picking baseboard and crown molding, use a design with thin proportions.

Raise the curtains.
Mount drapery and rods as close to the ceiling as possible, and stick to light wall colors.

Emphasize verticals.
Use crisp curtain panels and low-slung furniture.

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