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The Nest Q&A

Are there any tricks to make a ceiling look higher than it is?

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Good question! To make a small room feel larger, you want to blur the boundaries between the walls and the ceiling, creating a borderless space. You can do this by painting the room a low-contrast scheme of light colors (think two close shades of yellow or gray). Another trick: Paint your ceiling an eggshell finish—the glossier surface will bounce light around and make the ceiling seem higher than it is.