Try to imagine this room with a white ceiling, it would feel completely different. Carleton Varney’s masterful treatment of the ceiling allows this dining room to feel lifted and gracious.
We have all seen the all-too-common everyday error: colorful walls with a stark white or ivory ceiling. Eeeek!! It draws the eye up to the big boring billboard of builder’s white someone forgot about. This subliminal pull on the eye for attention also causes the inhabitants of the room to feel un-settled. So if you desire a comfortable home, please don’t forget about the ceiling. Here the same room is created with Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer. Adding color on the ceiling enhances the comfort of the room.
There are only three reasons a ceiling is pure white or ivory in a room with four colorful walls:
- Ran out of paint.
- Ran out of money.
- Doesn’t care.
Here are Five Ceiling Options for a wonderful room:
Five walls one decision -paint or wallpaper walls and ceiling in the same color or pattern. This gives the room a cozy feel and can blend away corners and lines in a small room. Wrapping the whole room in one color can make the walls and ceiling a wonderful background for more important items like furnishings or artwork.
Light ceilings are fine, but rarely plain ceiling white or ivory. To avoid the stark forgotten look of a white ceiling mix 5-10% of the wall color into white ceiling paint. After mixed, the color appears like a lot of color in the can but on the ceiling it is almost a soft creme. Contrasting color can be awesome too.Via Bradbury & Bradbury
Look to the past – the ceiling often got equal treatment. Victorians understood embellishment and often wallpapered their ceilings. Wallpaper on the ceiling is a great way to add interest to a large flat surface.Architectural details like those in a historic, timber-frame or craftsman style home are interesting to look at when they are appropriate for the architecture of the house. Not so much when they are phony. Once can create architectural interest on ceilings with moldings. This works especially well in rooms with tallish ceilings which you want to visually lower for comfort.
Reflective ceilings can be soft and dramatic. Interior designers have employed the magic of metallic ceilings for years. The famous designer Albert Hadley‘s living room in his own apartment is well known for it’s beautiful shimmering ceiling. Dining room, entrance hall and powder room ceilings are superb locations for a reflective ceiling treatment.
The ceiling is an integral part of the decor for any room. It can tie the whole design together, be a focal point, add architectural interest, or at the very least be one more surface to treat. Do something with the ceiling so it doesn’t look like a forgotten mistake.