Prime Design Real Estate: The Ceiling
If you have been spending time at home these days I am sure you have found yourself staring at the ceiling from time to time. Ceilings can be one of the most important surfaces in the room. What better way to accent that amazing light fixture than with a very cool molding detail. There is nothing like a coffered ceiling to say dressed to impress. Why ignore such prime design real estate?
Considered to be the fifth wall, a ceiling is the most overlooked surface in a room. If I asked you how many walls does a typical room have you would probably say four and in most cases you would be right. In my world of design I would tell you there are 5 counting the ceiling.
White painted ceilings have long been the standard in most homes. It was always thought to reflect light making the room seem bigger while not detracting from whatever was on the walls. I guess no one told Leonardo Da Vinci about that one.
Let’s take a look at some dressed up ceilings
Ceilings are also the perfect place to have some fun. In the photo from a showhouse we did, umbrella stripes added the perfect amount of summer fun to a cabana. We used a bright blue and white color combination and carried the striped pattern up the wall and across the ceiling. The solid blue back wall was finished with an awning shaped window valance to complete the beachy feel. In the laundry room, a “tin ceiling” was added through the magic of faux paint. We designed a pattern which reflected the concrete floor tiles. The ceiling design took this simple space to another level of style. Want more laundry room tips, read our post highlighting 8 must have features every laundry room needs.
You can do so much much more that just painted patterns. Millwork details are great for stepped up ceilings. Tongue and groove wood ceilings are an impressive way to add that “WOW” factor. In this gorgeous kitchen, exposed beams and a wooded ceiling all painted white are a winning combination.
A coffered ceiling is a series of recessed panels arranged in a grid pattern to create a decorative element. A coffered ceiling works in both contemporary and traditional design styles. Coffers can highlight lighting, create depth to a flat ceiling and add a more intimate feel to a very large room. Personally I love the look of a well appointed coffered ceiling.
So the next time you find yourself staring at the ceiling I hope you will find some inspiration from these photos. There is nothing like a well dressed ceiling.
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