How to Decorate a Room with a Slanted Ceiling

A room with a slanted ceiling might seem like an architectural nuisance, but slanted ceilings truly are a gift for your home. Slanted ceilings give your rooms a degree of distinction, making even the dullest color schemes seem grand. Slanted ceilings are infinitely versatile and can look both rural, evocative of the chicness of country homes, or decidedly modern. The most effective way to decorate a room with such a ceiling is to emphasize this remarkable feature.

Slightly different paint colors can accentuate a slanted ceiling.

Paint the slanted ceiling walls an accent color that subtly contrasts the colors of the rest of the room. For example, if the room is cream, paint the slanted ceiling yellow. On the other hand, paint the walls that frame the slanted ceiling an accent color. Thus, if your slanted ceiling is cream, paint the framing walls yellow.

Install distinct crown molding all along the top walls of the room. Paint it white or even gold to help distinguish it from the sloped ceiling. This will give the slanted lines more emphasis.

Hang an appropriately sized picture or print at the base of the sloped ceiling. This will seem like a completely counterintuitive place for a piece of art, but it is a striking way to showcase the wall. Alternatively, hang a series of pictures along the base of the sloped wall.

Hang Roman blinds or balloon shades along the windows of the room. The fabric of the window treatments will fluidly mimic the lines of the sloped ceiling, creating an overall harmonious environment.

Select chairs for the room that have angled backs that mimic the angle of the sloped ceilings, in your chosen decor style. For example, if your style is modern, the sloped back of a Herman Miller chair would be compatible with the sloped ceiling and help accentuate it.

Space furniture away from the sloped ceiling, but around it. Furniture should loosely surround the sloped ceiling like chairs in a theater surround a stage. This will help emphasize the sloped ceiling.

Things You Will Need

  • Paint
  • Crown moldings
  • Framed prints or paintings
  • Roman blinds or balloon shades
  • Sloped-backed chairs

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."

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