Have you ever walked in a room and suddenly felt that you have entered a cathedral? That is because the room has a high ceiling just like a cathedral. High ceilings fill a room with abundant light, giving it an expansive grand look. You can also maximise views by having floor to ceiling glass windows that will look beautiful and also add to the grandeur and luxuriousness of the room. But high ceilings are a bad choice for a family with playful kids as the noise can echo ten times more in a room with high ceilings. In this blog, we will help you sort out whether you should have a room with high ceilings or not.
So, let us get started.
Are High Ceilings Worth It?
While high ceilings are known to bring grandeur and luxury in an average room, it can be quite a tedious task to clean and maintain them. Moreover, installing high ceilings can be a bit expensive and you will have to keep more money reserved for this stylish addition to your abode. On the other hand, one of the major advantages of high ceilings that makes you want to install it immediately is that it enhances the property’s value and is a sure shot way of impressing your guests. Who doesn’t want to leave a good impression on neighbours and friends who would visit your house for the housewarming party?
For your convenience, we have listed down the pros and cons of high ceilings to help you make an informed decision.
Advantages of High Ceilings
Here are some of the pros of high ceilings.
There is no denying the fact that high ceilings are aesthetically pleasing. If you are comparing high ceiling vs. low ceiling, one of the biggest advantages you will find is that high ceilings bring in more natural light and turn an average looking room into a stunning piece of architecture.
Makes it more spacious
When you walk into a room with high ceilings, you will instantly feel that the room has become more spacious. A 9 ft ceiling is usually considered standard. In newly built houses, you will find that the ground floor has a 9 ft ceiling, while the first floor has an 8 ft. ceiling, but if your architect recommends not having any ceiling for the ground floor and instead merge the two ceilings, you will have a room with a high ceiling.
This means the walls will be higher, the chandelier will be placed a lot higher, the mantle piece and console table would be taller and the windows would be much higher than they are. All of this would contribute to spaciousness and grandeur. More space means more room to decorate your house, which is a double-height ceiling advantage.
Brings in natural light
While there are many benefits of a sunroom, you don’t need to have a sun room if you have your living room designed with high ceilings. There will be plenty of natural light coming in through the high windows filling the room with sunlight and fresh air.
Increases property’s value
If you are thinking of reselling your property down the road, then you should invest in high ceilings. Not only does it spruce up your house’s interior, but it also increases your property’s value. You can get a high price for your property because of the aesthetic appeal high ceilings exhibit. Do high ceilings add value? A 100 percent, yes!
Disadvantages of High Ceilings
Here are some drawbacks of high ceilings.
Maintenance and cleaning
Be prepared to strain your arm muscles to clean and maintain a high ceiling. You would need an extra set of cleaning equipment, especially meant to clean high ceilings. You can’t repair a high ceiling on your own and would need an expert or a professional to do the job for you.
Echo and noise
Playful kids at home? Don’t even think of deviating from the standard 9 ft ceiling. One of the benefits of 9 ft ceilings is that it won’t let your voice echo in the room. Whereas, high ceilings can cause unnecessary echo and if your child likes to scream and yell, as most children do, then you should not have high ceilings at home.
Maintaining the right temperature
Are high ceilings better for cooling? Not really, high ceilings are not great when it comes to regulating the temperature inside the room. It can get quite chilly during the cold season as the warm air rises to the ceiling and cold air remains in the room. You will need to install a good heating system to keep it bearable during the winter season. Similarly, in the summers, the abundance of sunlight entering the room can make the room warm and you will have to invest heavily in air conditioning systems.
A downside of high ceilings is that they can be a bit expensive and pricey. You will have to invest quite a fortune to install a high ceiling at home. High ceiling construction requires an extra set of expertise, careful calculations and architectural finesse to make it appealing. This means spending extra bucks and if you are already short on budget then you should think twice before having high ceilings in your house.
We hope our list of pros and cons of high ceilings would help you make a better informed decision. In the meantime, you should also check out other relevant blogs on the subject:
- Stunning bedroom ceiling designs
- Tricks to make your ceiling look higher
- Pros and cons of false ceilings
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