Feature Ceilings

What if I told you there is untapped design potential in almost every room of your home? It’s an overlooked, sometimes perplexing plane: the ceiling. Designers often call the ceiling the “fifth wall” because they know it to be equally important as every other wall. A good ceiling design will transform any room’s quality from amateur to professional. Ceiling adornment doesn’t take up any square footage, so you can get creative with no negative consequences, and because it’s above our heads, there is no heavy lifting involved in a ceiling demo – awesome! Tackling a ceiling design concerns two key elements: color and texture.
In the case of ceilings, texture is less about touch and more about the three-dimensionality of the surfaces chosen. Wood paneling can offer interesting texture that demands focus. Experiment with mixing different colored planks and arranging them in patterns like herringbone or checkered to entice visitors to look up. Aluminum tiles featuring designs are also available in several colors and sizes, or even coated in different metals like a beautiful copper or silver. Alternatively, faux beams add instant elegance and coziness, just be sure to balance the stain with any current woodwork.
When introducing color, a rule of thumb some designers follow is to tint wall-colors with 70% white, then use the result on the ceiling. Another popular option is to utilize window trim colors on the ceiling if they happen to contrast with the main wall colors. Bold decorators have been known to continue wallpaper straight onto the ceiling from the walls. Whichever product you ultimately decide on, try to coordinate it with the room’s color scheme.
A true statement ceiling demands attention. You can ensure your ceiling overhaul efforts were not in vain with a few side projects. First, check your lighting situation. Consider dedicating some directional lights for the ceiling. Lights pointed at the ceiling will highlight your design and as a bonus, the light will bounce off the ceiling and continue around the entire room, creating a brighter space with less fixtures. Also, try to keep objects with the most visual weight closest to the floor. Visual weight refers to the concept of visual equilibrium. Darker colors and larger objects tend to have more visual weight than smaller, lighter objects. A linen pillow has less visual weight than the leather sofa it sits on. By confining visually heavy objects to the lower third of the room, you will allow the ceiling to garner the attention it deserves.
Ceilings are usually neglected, which is understandable because frankly, most are boring. Yours doesn’t have to be. Consider planning statement ceilings to elevate your favorite rooms and pleasantly surprise visitors, and yourself, day after day with no maintenance or hassle.