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Drop ceilings are typically installed to conceal building infrastructure, such as HVAC equipment or plumbing. These lower-ceilinged areas might be seen as a drawback, but with the right lighting fixtures, drop ceilings can feel just as open and expansive as their higher counterparts. Read on for drop ceiling lighting ideas for your home.
A bold open kitchen and dining area features black millwork and white ceilings that reflect plenty of light. If you have lower ceilings, this is a great strategy to make them appear higher. A linear pendant above the kitchen island casts light above and below, and two coordinating pendants above the oval-shaped dining table make the space feel cohesive.
Patricia Davis Brown of Patricia Davis Brown Designs kept the focus on the water views in this coastal interior. A coffered ceiling incorporates recessed lighting, and a low-profile ceiling fan blends right in. Pro tip: Hand draperies as close as you can to a ceiling to make a low space feel higher.
If a space requires a drop ceiling to conceal mechanical equipment, it might be possible to create a soffit around the perimeter while leaving the center portion of the ceiling higher. Cove lighting adds an elevated look to the space. In this game room, a minimal linear pendant provides task light for the pool table.
In order to emphasize the architecture of your ceiling, add some color. Here, the trim is painted a chrome color which is echoed in the finish of a modern crystal chandelier. Keep the rest of surfaces in the space simple, just a wash of white with subtle accents to maintain focus above.
A drop ceiling for a glazed conference room lowers the scale to something more intimate. A series of faceted wood pendants brings a warm and natural touch to an otherwise thoroughly modern interior. While this approach is more suited to a commercial space, this same series of pendants would look equally at home above a long dining table.
A drop ceiling hall features recessed portions that create rhythm and perfectly frame a series of decorative brass flush mount fixtures. Supplemental recessed lighting seamlessly blends in with the lower portions of the ceiling. Flush mount lights are a great solution for lower ceiling spaces.
Dining areas are an ideal spot to include a tray ceiling. Perimeter cove lighting creates a glowing ceiling plane, and further serves to showcase the sculptural form of a draping linear chandelier. If you have a rectangular tray ceiling, opt for a rectangular dining table to echo the form.
Sleek spotlights are always a good call for lower ceilings. However, you can absolutely still hang a dramatic chandelier as well. In this drop ceiling dining area, both fixtures are combined for a layered lighting effect. The linear chandelier steels the show, becoming a focal point within the space.
As you can see, drop ceilings aren’t a sentence to bad design. In fact, there are plenty of options for light fixtures that work well with lower ceilings. Don’t let your home’s drop ceilings hold you back. We hope these tips will help you choose the best fixtures for your lower- ceilinged spaces.
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