Transforming Tall Spaces into Cozy Havens

by | Jul 1, 2024 | blog, Project Management, Renovation, Services

High ceilings can be a double-edged sword in interior design. On one hand, they create a sense of grandeur and openness; on the other, they can make a space feel a bit too vast and impersonal. If you’re grappling with this design dilemma, fear not—we’ve got a fantastic solution that worked wonders in our #HHFirstClass living room.

Bringing the Ceiling Down to Earth

One of the most effective ways to transform a tall space into a cozy haven is by adding horizontal trim about 10′-14′ above the finished floor. This simple yet impactful design tweak can significantly alter the feel of your room. In this living room, we decided to incorporate this technique, and the results were nothing short of magical. The trim visually lowers the ceiling height, creating an intimate and inviting atmosphere that makes the space feel like a true sanctuary.

Adding Character and Charm

Beyond its practical benefits, horizontal trim adds an extra layer of character and charm to any room. It breaks up the expanse of vertical space, offering a pleasing visual balance. Our clients’ high-ceiling beauty now boasts a warm and welcoming vibe that perfectly complements our style. The trim not only enhances the room’s aesthetics but also adds a touch of timeless elegance.

Capturing the Transformation

A huge shoutout to Sophie Allen Photo for beautifully capturing this transformation. Her keen eye for detail and ability to capture the essence of our newly cozy space is truly remarkable. If you’re considering a similar project, having a skilled photographer document the before and after can be incredibly rewarding and inspiring for others.

Design Tips for High Ceilings

If you’re looking to make your high-ceiling space feel more intimate, here are a few tips to consider:

  1. Horizontal Trim: As mentioned, adding horizontal trim can visually lower the ceiling and add character.
  2. Warm Colors: Opt for warm, rich colors on your walls and ceiling to create a cozy atmosphere.
  3. Layered Lighting: Use a mix of overhead, task, and accent lighting to add warmth and depth.
  4. Tall Furniture: Incorporate tall pieces of furniture to fill the vertical space effectively.
  5. Textural Elements: Add texture with rugs, throws, and cushions to make the space feel more inviting.

Final Thoughts

Transforming a tall, open space into a cozy haven doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right design elements, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that feels both intimate and grand. Horizontal trim worked wonders for us, and it might just be the perfect solution for your home too.

Need guidance with trim details in your own home? Book a Remote Design Session with LWD! We’ll help you bring your vision to life, ensuring every detail is perfect.

Share your transformation stories or design tips in the comments below. Let’s inspire each other to create beautiful, cozy spaces!


Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need further design advice. Your home should be your sanctuary—let’s make it the best it can be!

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