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This living and play area is a great example of a ceiling height, that while not extraordinarily low, cannot house a large dramatic lighting fixture. The fixture they selected is low profile and still large in diameter to create drama without the risk of a bump on the noggin. The circles in the fixture play perfectly off of the circular holes in the architecture.
This pieced resin bowl, pictured in the bedroom above, is only 14" high and almost 3 feet in diameter! It's the perfect scale for a low to medium ceiling.
Aside from decorative light fixtures, you can also create lighting for low-ceilings using architecture. This bedroom created a dramatic setting using an l-shaped soffit with soft recessed lighting on both the ceiling and wall.
In this living room, rather than using a decorative ceiling fixture, cove lighting was designed to create added interest to the room and illuminate the space.
A few guidelines to remember:
1. The bottom of your ceiling fixture should be no lower than 6'8" above the floor, unless it's hung over a table or island, to avoid hitting your head.
2. To create an eye-catching look in a large space with low ceilings, search for a fixture that is large in width or diameter, but with a lower profile in height like the option shown in this bedroom.
3. For drama and style in a long hallway with low ceilings, try repetition with a stylized flush-mounted fixture.
4. You can also create a unique look with cove lighting and architectural features when there is not space for a large chandelier or decorative light fixture.
When you are dealing with lower ceilings that simply won't accommodate a large dramatic light fixture, don't fret! There are a few options out there to help you create a unique environment while still adhering to height restrictions.
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