At Paradise, we’re always striving to create open, usable spaces that are progressively designed. A huge part of creating the airy comfort so many of our buyers are drawn to is higher-than-standard ceilings on multiple floors. Couple this with natural light pouring in from huge windows, and our homes give you all the room you need to breathe.

When faced with so much surface to cover, a lot of our buyers opt to whitewash their walls and call it a day – it can be intimidating! While it’s true white opens up the space, it’s far from the only option that’ll keep your open-concept feeling intact – and definitely the least interesting.

When painting, it’s important to remember that with additional light – and our homes have a lot of that – paint looks much different on the walls than it does on the paint chip. If possible, it’s always a good idea to swatch a couple of colours in your space before committing to a whole room. That way, you can see how the light will hit it at all times of day, so you’re always looking at a colour you love.

Here are five tried-and-true tips to get you started!

Half-and-half

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If you get your furniture into a high-ceilinged room and find things are feeling a bit cavernous, try a half-wall in a fun accent colour. This technique will create a feeling of intimacy and closeness when you’re seated or in bed, but the room will still look large and airy when you enter it.

Go Big

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Hang your art higher than normal to create a unified sense of scale and highlight all that wall space. Opt for prints and art that’s larger than you normally would – something that looks big in a room with 8’ ceilings will look smaller in one with 10’ or 12’ ceilings. Re-framing or re-matting your existing pieces will also do the job.

Texture

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Textured walls can make a regular room feel claustrophobic if not done carefully, but high ceilings give a lot of space to experiment. Try a fine textured wallpaper, panelling or wood grain, or even 3D art or glassless frames to add layers and dimension.

Lighting

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To keep things feeling cozy after the sun sets, using oversized and visually striking table lamps or downward-facing reading lamps will help. Not only will you fill the space, but casting light horizontally instead of vertically, like with an upward-facing standing lamp, leads the eye away from your rafters.

Try a bold colour

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On a normal wall, sure, the accent colour is a bit dated. But choosing something punchy in a more open space can actually help anchor a room. Try a dark, moody ink colour countered with white, a cheery yellow countered with a warm, bone white, or a darker olive countered with a lighter sage green.

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