Here's a little designer secret: The hands-down easiest way to make ceilings look higher is to place a drapery rod really close to the ceiling—roughly 2 inches below the crown molding will do the trick. While you're at it, be sure to extend the rod at least 4 inches on either side of the window so that the window appears wider—and allows in more light.
Use Visual Tricks to Raise The Ceiling • If your ceilings are on the low side, paint them white. Hang curtains higher than the windows to trick your eye into thinking the room is taller. Most standard curtain panels measure 84 or 96 in. allowing you to go about 3 in. above the window casing before they get too short. If you want to hang them higher you'll have to custom order. Try vertical stripes the lines elongate your walls. Lean a large mirror against a wall which can make a room seem…
In this illustration, you can easily see how hanging draperies up near the ceiling and out on the walls create a much better look for the windows, and the room as well. The drapery placement frames the window, makes the window look twice as big, and lifts the room in perceived height. It’s kind of an optical illusion, but it really works wonders.
Interior Designer's trick for small windows - mount a mirror lengthwise under the window, then hang floor length window panels from above the window. Place a lamp in the middle of the dresser to camouflage the mirror and help integrate it with the window above.
SO CLEVER! DIY couple made their 12 by 13 foot bedroom with NO closets pretty remarkable. Solutions: creating a nook by "building-in" IKEA wardrobes for his/her "curtain-covered" closets onto both sides of the bed. Note additional curtains and installing symmetrical "reading lamps" -- this way even the oddly shaped small window looks deliberate. Attaching a curtain rod behind a header they installed seems the REAL genius. Well-written. Fun blog!! Inspiring stuff!