“What are you doing? Staring at the ceiling?” – YES, actually, we are!
Flooring and paint are some of the most exciting aspects of the design process, but have you considered all you can do with your fifth wall – the ceiling? As open floor plans and high ceilings continue to dominate design trends, stepping outside of the box with a different shape, an accent color, or paneling can make your space stand out from the rest. Complete your room by not letting details slip over your head, including your ceiling.
Where does one begin with this process? I recommend starting with what you have. If you have a ceiling with oddities or architectural obstructions, it’s possible to take advantage of it, using the irregularities as a statement and allowing the design to incorporate the unique feature. Are you trying to visually raise or lower your ceilings? Either goal can be accomplished with paint. Are you simply trying to make a statement? Color, wallpaper, coffers, or beams can do the trick. There are options for every budget and style. By looking through the ideas we’ve outlined below, perhaps you will find which type suits your space best.
A basic white wall is timeless, however, it will pop more against a dark-colored ceiling. A stark black contrast or a sharp accent color takes a simple white wall from homely to sophisticated. A dark-colored ceiling makes for a cozy feel. This look can be accomplished easily with the swipe of a paintbrush!
A glossy gold finish on your ceiling can elevate the room, both by bringing the viewer’s eye upward and by creating a lavish aesthetic. The metallic gold adds texture, color, and shine. To embellish it further, install hidden lights within your crown molding to bounce off the reflective tone. It is a timeless symbol of luxury!
Support the style and structure of your home by installing exposed wooden beams across your ceiling – linear paneling expands a room, giving the illusion that it’s longer. Creating patterns with the beams can offer a great way to add shape to your space while the wood adds a natural texture. With a variety of tones, you can choose anything from a sleek dark look to something light and warm to match your color palette.
Fabric is a tried-and-true ceiling adornment that’s been used for centuries. It is a favorite of mine due to both its style and functional benefits. Fabric ceilings are a different way to place patterns that will tie in colors and create a “wow factor.” Besides making for an intimate, cocooning space, the fabric can also dampen sounds. What a stylish way to keep your house quiet!
Steel beams once thought of as unfinished construction, now make a room appear complete! The addition of metals adds urban-modern style into a room. Angeled in a vaulted ceiling or lined across a flat ceiling, the panels are effectively eye-engaging.
A Finishing Touch
For those who are intimidated by the idea of a fully-adorned ceiling, start with something small. Perhaps choose a slightly different paint, like a faint blue or muted gray, instead of white. If you have wallpaper, consider continuing aspects of it to begin on the ceiling, like a vine or flower overlapping the crown molding, to keep eyes flowing upward. The smallest steps can make a huge difference!
Whether you have discovered your ceiling style or can’t quite choose, you have already taken the first step in bettering the design of your space by considering your space. Perhaps the most overlooked area of your home can be the most effective. Let’s get to designing!