8 Dramatic Décor Ideas For Spaces With High Ceilings

Above, two takes on how to fill in empty space on a large wall: Benjamin Vandiver (left) goes for a single great piece of art, while Megan Winters (right) creates a gallery on a large stairway wall.

High ceilings are one of the most sought-after features when it comes to a home. They make rooms feel so much more spacious and, depending on the color we paint the resulting large walls, can help reflect light that makes a home feel bright and inviting. Though it’s hard to think of a downside to such a coveted feature, one décor challenge comes to mind: Filling the walls with art. The large expanse of space can dwarf many framed pieces, making them feel tiny or as if they are “floating” on the wall. Instead, you’ll want to approach the wall with pieces that have the right scale. Whether you have a large loft, a two-story staircase wall, a grand foyer, or even a long hallway wall, there’s an ideal solution. Here are a few favorite pieces on Viyet that could work in these situations:

Metz Productions Charles Aroldi Rug

Arnoldi Rug

Many rugs are works of art, so why not display one on the wall? The Charles Aroldi rug by Metz Productions features an abstract design that brings a modern energy to any room.

How to display it: This idea is particularly well-suited for large staircase walls or for lofts (the thick material helps reduce noise). Simply mount it to the wall using a decorative rod and hanging rings.

Alexandre Mancini Pa 12617, Arabica #2, Artificos Geometricos, and Rolidei

Mancini

Grouping art together is one of the easiest solutions for a large wall. These geometric works by Alexandre Mancini are striking on their own, but have an even bigger impact together.

How to display them: Hang the art gallery-style, evenly spacing them for a balanced look. The pieces would also look stunning against a feature wall in an unexpected color, like tangerine or celery. While grouping art together will work in virtually any situation (see the dramatic two-story gallery by Megan Winters, above), it’s a great solution for long hallways.

Modern Abstract Oil On Canvas By Tony Fly

Abstract Painting

If you prefer to create a focal point with a single painting, this overscaled contemporary piece fits the bill. The dynamic brush strokes and glimpses of vivacious color bring a new energy to any space.

How to display it: At 48″x 60″, this work is another ideal choice for a hallway. But, we can also see this as the focal point on the shorter wall of a large rectangular space.

 

Philippe Starck Caadre Mirror

Large Wall Caadre Mirror

An oversized mirror is a natural choice for large spaces. We particularly like the Caadre because it has a timeless, simple design that has a more modern feel which comes through the uniquely shaped mirrored glass frame.

How to display it: The mirror can balance the proportions of a large sectional when hung over the sofa, or can be used in a staircase wall. If the latter, pair the piece with smaller mirrors above and below it to fill a little bit more space.

Allan Knight Natural Star Bendo Root Sculpture

Large Walls Allan Knight Wood

For truly, truly massive spaces, you won’t find a piece more dramatic than this jaw-dropping piece that’s made using wood from Bali. The texture of the wood and the organic shape is a beautiful reminder of the wonders created in the natural world.

How to display it: At 87″ in width, 69″ in height, and 6″ in depth, this monumental sculpture needs a similarly monumental space. We like to imagine it as a contrasting décor element in a huge industrial-style loft, against a wall of exposed brick.

Alessandra Branca Large Hanging Wooden Clock

Hanging Clock

An ordinary clock is dwarfed by large walls, but at 48″ in width, this painted wood clock stands out. The exposed machinery moves as time passes for added interest.

How to display it: For larger-than-life fireplaces, the large clock is just right for balancing a large mantel. It also can hold its own by itself on a large wall.

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