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.
More lighting ideas:
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The Sleeker Side of Pendant Lighting
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