New York. It’s one of the few places where people are prepared to pay hundreds of millions for air rights. Apparently, air and elevation are both pretty damn expensive. But what about your own air rights? If you’re like most New Yorkers, you’re not worried about what to do with all your extra space. Instead, you’re more likely to be dabbling in the black arts of “space illusion.”

To make the most out of your space, UrBin Storage suggests not only working left to right, but top to bottom too. Making your ceilings seem taller than they actually are is one of the best ways to make your space feel bigger, and we’re all about giving you more space (even if it’s only appearances).  Here are five ways to raise the roof without making a fool of yourself:


Vertical Stripes


Ever hear that old bit of fashion advice that says you should wear vertical stripes to look taller and a little less…..jovial? Well that same concept applies to this bit of interior design. Paint or wallpaper the walls with vertical stripes for color as well as set the base to your height illusion. Vertical stripes have been shown to lead the eyes up and down and put more emphasis on the height of the room to make it seem taller than it actually is.


Use Low Furniture

low furniture

If you want more overhead space, you can get it by just changing how high a person’s head is in the room. Or you know cheat. By furnishing a room with pieces that position an occupant’s head just a bit lower than normal, you can add just a little bit more distance between a person’s head and the ceiling when they’re lounging around. Using this approach is really just a smart yet subtle way to force someone’s perspective. It’s also a totally justifiable reason to go buy that Eames lounge chair you’ve been stalking on Pintrest.


Mind Your Light

no ceiling fans

If your ceiling is already low, you don’t need any light fixtures or ceiling fans hanging down from overhead. These things shave inches off of your precious overhead space and can be replaced with recessed or simply flush ceiling lights. If you have to use any lights that dangle from the ceiling, set them a bit higher than they normal. Along these same lines, consider using lighting that doesn’t come from the ceiling entirely. Uplighting works in the same way that vertical lines do and reinforces the overall illusion of height. When combined with a clean white ceiling, you also get a nice sense of warmth and openness since the light is actually bouncing back down.  You also get to use the word “sconce” in conversation with friends.


High Art 

high art

No we don’t mean hanging a Monet on your wall. Another subtle forced perspective tip would be to hang art on the wall just above eye level. This trick forces the eye into looking upward and thus gives a larger impression of height. As with the other tricks used to make your room seem taller than it actually is, go with art that features vertical lines and avoid horizontal shapes. Tall mirrors can also work wonders in this respect too.


Dress Those Windows


Windows bring the open sense of the outdoors inside, and can really contribute to the sense of scale a room is able to convey. Even if you don’t have huge windows in your room, full-length curtains or drapes hung as high as possible can work as a great complimentary frame to bring just a bit more height into the room. If you don’t happen to have any windows in the room, you could always go with a faux window installation.

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