Let’s talk ceilings. Even though, they’re often tagged “the fifth wall” in interior design, they are frequently ignored. If you think about it – because I mean who doesn’t sit and think about this all day? – our ceilings occupy just as much square footage as our floors do. So why don’t we give our ceilings the attention they desperately deserve?
Well I decided that I’m not just going to blog about it, I’m going to be about it. So right in the middle of my mini-makeover for my beloved dining room, I have decided that my ceiling needs some design love too.
So between coordinating my wallpaper installation, begging my photographer to snap some quick shots, making an emergency call to my painter, and choosing some luscious paint colors in a hurry, I turned to Pinterest and Houzz for some inspiration. I must admit that I almost went off the deep end after going into Pinterest land, but luckily I caught myself before I drowned. If you read last week’s blog, you know that budget is king so I had to conserve the dollars. Maybe when I hit the lottery, I can revisit some of my initial wish list items.
But for now I am leaving you with some ceiling inspiration. Here are 5 different tips to make your ceiling next level.
Tip #1: Inject some personality into your space with bold color.
Nothing says “I love to have fun,” like having a bold color on your ceiling. People will immediately know that you have a wild side and that you are not afraid to show it.
Tip #2: Create an interesting pattern with paint.
This nursery just got 100x more interesting and exciting by adding that funky pattern onto the ceiling. If you walked into this nursery – admit it – you would never forget it.
Tip #3: Add strapwork details.
Many moons ago, strapwork was just the thing to do. All the period rooms at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City have strapwork because I guess it was another sign of wealth, just like puddling. Since you do have to have a mini fortune to contract an artisan to do this type of ceiling treatment, this is definitely more of a splurge.
Tip #4: Wallpaper that fifth wall.
Is that wallpaper up there? By golly it is! Of course, it is no surprise that I love wallpaper so adding it to the ceiling is definitely a no-brainer. If you want to go for this look, I recommend adding a risky pattern to the ceiling but toning things down on the walls like the designer did in this particular room.
Tip #5: Reverse your ceiling and flooring.
Flip the script by putting wood flooring on your ceiling instead of your floors. No one can resist looking at wood, much less if it’s above your head.
With so many options, ignoring the ceiling is definitely not an option. Allow this integral part of your home to shine bright like a diamond.