Design, Inspiration

Designer Tip: The Olde Mill On Working With Low Ceilings

Richard Ourso of The Olde Mill was interviewed by InRegister  Magazine about how to design a room where beams are desired, while keeping low ceilings in mind. It’s a common problem Richard and his team see. However, beams and other design elements can still be incorporated, even if it might seem challenging at first.

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“We have many clients who own older homes with 8-foot ceilings,” he said. “These are great homes in great locations, but a lot of people struggle with the fact that 8-foot ceilings don’t leave much room for improvement. However, there are a few ways we can make that space feel more open, inviting and entertaining. ”

“To begin with, we can remove the walls separating kitchen and living areas. We can raise the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. We can mortar any brick flush and paint over it if the brick is unsightly. Later on, we can install decorative beams and increase window space. Any of these design techniques will add value to the home and make those spaces with lower ceilings feel less claustrophobic.”

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