Creating Unique Interior Spaces: Part 2- EXTRAVAGANT Ceilings.
Last Month in “Creating Unique Interior Spaces” we discussed “Selecting your Design Style”. In this article we went through how to find your style, how to select a color scheme, and where to use those colors. If you missed last month’s blog you can click here.
Now that you have your color scheme and design inspiration, it’s time to establish some unique upgrades that will give your home the extra boost of flavor needed. A great way to heighten your home’s atmosphere is to create a unique and intriguing ceiling. Ceilings are something that not many people notice or think about, however when done correctly will give your home the “WOW” you have been looking for.
Let’s face it, most of us have popcorn ceilings, drop ceilings or a drab off white smooth surface. It’s not a daily eye sore and thus never thought about. Imagine creating an illusion that your space is more extravagant or larger by making one simple change - your ceiling!
Here are some ceiling ideas to enhance your space that guests will be talking about for months.
The Tin Ceiling:
Imagine this - you’re taking a tour of an old Victorian home, admiring the hand carved wood work and the original hard wood floors when suddenly you look up and Bam, there it is! A tin ceiling gleaming brightly as the day it was installed! Gaining popularity in the 1800’s, tin ceilings continue to add style and flair to old and new homes alike. In the case of an older home, one can preserve the integrity of the space while adding intrigue. Whether it is an accent or spanning the entire ceiling, the tin look is sure to be a show stopper.
Have a large foyer and don’t know what to do with the unused space? The foyer is the first space your guests see when entering your home and you want it to make an impact. You have selected your perfect colors and new chandelier yet something is still missing. Consider decorating as some call it, “your 5th wall”. Ornamental plaster dates back to the Roman era and has been appropriated into modern culture ever since, and not without good reason. Of course, in modern times one doesn’t need to spend countless hours carving a unique piece. Medallions can be adorned to the ceiling and with a little effort can have the same effect.
Whether it be exposed wood or painted, a coffered ceiling is sure to create a conversation piece. It’s another Roman architectural treasure that will be sure to charm your guests. The painted coffered ceiling offers an elegant glam type style while the exposed beam effect will appear more rustic. When selecting between the two styles, consider your design style and what fits with your original mood board.
The tray ceiling is very similar to the coffered ceiling however, the tray ceiling is focused on the recessed. The tray ceiling does not have the beams creating a grid pattern but is simply a recessed area in your ceiling that can be decorated in many ways. Some choose to go with a ship lap look which will give more of a farmhouse appearance, while going with a metallic style tray ceiling will offer a more industrial look.
If you’re not into drastic changes, don’t fear. A simple color change will do just the trick, and using your newly found color palette will help achieve the look you are going for. Thinking outside the box in ceiling choice means painting a ceiling something other than white. There are several ways to go about doing this and choosing will depend on personal taste and comfort level with change.
Use Complimentary Colors:
Complementary colors will offer a much bolder approach to your new ceiling. Complementary colors are two colors that are opposite on the color wheel. For instance, if I have chosen the color on the left for my accent wall, the color on the right would be a great choice for the ceiling.
Use Analogous Colors:
Analogous colors sit next to each other on the color wheel and have a less dramatic effect but still work quite well together. In this instance, use the farthest left color for the walls, the center color for an accent wall and the far right color for the ceiling. If you are feeling more traditional and less adventurous, simply adding a drop of your wall color into your ceiling paint will add a sense of consistency and brighten the space quite well.
If you are really looking to spice things up, combine your color choices along with a coffered ceiling, a tray ceiling, or even with ornamental plaster. When looking at options for your ceiling, the sky is the limit and don’t be shy to try something new!
Selecting a unique option for your ceiling is a great but often over looked way to add dynamic to a foyer, kitchen, living room, and even a dining room. Happy designing!
Check back next month where we will discuss “Intriguing Wall Coverings”.
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