Lighting Low Ceilings: 12 Clever Ideas to Make Your Space Work Better

a cottage with low ceilings and accent lighting
(Image credit: Mark Ashbee)

Lighting low ceilings comes with its own set of challenges. Without the head room to play around with, you can't rely on grand chandeliers and dramatically tiered pendant lights to make an impact in your lighting scheme. 

However, that doesn't mean that lighting for low ceilings can't be effective. With a carefully considered lighting design, not only can these spaces feel cosy and intimate, but also employ visual tricks to make the space seem larger and the ceiling feel higher. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.