Homes with high ceiling are impressive. During a house hunt, a feature like this is often a major factor in buying. After all, those high ceilings create the spacious vibe we all look out for in a potential home.
But within a few months, the glamour wears off. It doesn’t take long to realise that there’s a reason we all associate small cottages with comfort. High ceilings aren’t cosy! Sitting down in a cavernous, cold space in the evenings doesn’t have the same appeal. It may be okay during the summer months, but as soon as the weather changes, those high ceilings could become a problem. To ensure that doesn’t happen, we’ve got some tips to help you get back that cosy home vibe.
Consider Ceiling Panels
It’s worth turning to country cottages as your inspiration throughout this project. They’re about as cosy as it gets. Think about the ceilings in such homes. As well as being an awful lot lower, what do they have? You guessed it. Country homes often have beams and panels. These add the ever elusive ‘character’.
Adding a beam to a modern home like yours might not look quite the same. But, you can install ceiling panels. An option like this has a few benefits. As you’re placing them on top of the ceiling, they will quite literally bring it down a few inches. But, they also provide that country cottage feel. As such, you’re sure to feel cosier. Even better, ceiling panels can be used in any room of your home. Why not keep the cottage theme going by incorporating them in all your major rooms?
Reduce The Echo
The echo is the part many homeowners hate most about their high ceilings. Every time you talk, or move around, you rooms echo back at you. It’s hardly comforting. But, there are things you can do to reduce it. For one, make sure to avoid wooden floors. These increase the echo in any home, so they certainly won’t solve your issue. Instead, opt for a carpet which will stunt the echo in a major way.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that the more furniture you have, the less this problem will affect you. Everyone knows that empty rooms echo more. So, making sure your rooms are full of chunky pieces is sure to go some way towards keeping things down. Plus, these will help add to the general feeling of comfort, which has got to be good!
Speaking of increasing that feeling of comfort; home comforts will go a long way here. Consider this a last resort. You’ve got the right stuff on your ceiling and the right floor. Now, all you can do is bridge the gap. Simple things, like rugs on the floor, will make a difference here. They’ll add a touch of warmth to an otherwise cold room. And, pictures on the walls will also work wonders. If you’re not convinced, try it out. You won’t believe the difference!