Tips on Designing Great Ceilings

These professional designer tips will help make tall, vaulted, cathedral and low ceilings blend into your room design.

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Echoes in a Tall Room

One problem homeowners don't always think about in rooms with high ceilings is challenging acoustics, designer Susan Nilsson, owner of Ashville, N.C.-based Susan Nilsson design, says. In multi-purpose areas, like great rooms, that have high or two-story ceilings, not accounting for acoustics can make occupants feel like they're trying to converse or watch television in an empty auditorium. One way homeowners can account for this problem is bringing the sound down to them. "Don't allow lighting or sound to be directed down from the ceiling," Susan says. If you use a high-ceiling room for entertainment, wire it for surround sound and install speakers into walls.

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