Choose low-profile furniture to make ceilings appear higher.
A faux-brick wall, fireplace mantel, slipcovered sofa and vintage finds combine in this rustic space. H&H senior editor Meg Crossley cleverly concealed wiring and ductwork into one long, 40-square-foot closet behind the doors flanking the new fireplace. "My tight budget didn't allow me to dig out the basement, so the ceilings aren't even 7-feet," she explains. "To compensate, I planned the decorating low to emphasize ceiling height."