TREND: Special Treatment on Ceilings
Often the ceilings in a home are left plain and white.
Forgotten and ignored. It’s sad, really.
On blogs everywhere and on the pages of our magazines, I’m seeing ceilings in every room of the house getting special treatment.
In this bathroom, the lilac walls are a fashion-forward choice, but it’s the darker plum ceiling that creates the cozy feeling in this spacious master bath. With such bold colors in the bathroom, the rest of the room is kept fairly simple with white countertops, white accents and a neutral colored floor. Don’t be afraid to paint ceilings a shade or two darker than the wall color. If you want to create a cozy, cocoon-like feel, it’s the perfect way to do so without overhauling the room.
One of the easiest ways to add personality to your ceiling — without painting it a bold hue or giving it a serious overhaul — is to add a distinctive ceiling medallion. This works best in rooms with one large light fixture, rather than one with many sources of light. You can find them at your local big box stores, as well as more intricate ones at salvage shops. We did this in our daughter’s room above an IKEA chandelier. It just helps to makes the room feel special and dressed up.
If you feel like making a bolder choice for your ceilings, you could add paneling or beams – or in this kitchen’s case: both. A couple of weeks ago Editor Kristina McGuirk talked about the resurgence of paneling in kitchens, and this post showcases that thinking. Pickled poplar on the ceiling of this kitchen balances the rest of the room’s elegant and gracious decor.
Or you can go the route of simple beams from some reclaimed wood. In this renovated farmhouse, the low ceilings were very low, so they were opened up to the studs and beams of reclaimed wood were added for architectural interest and needed support. The crisp white of the rest of the decor is the perfect counterpoint to these rough and rustic beams.
So no matter the proportions of your room or the room in general, don’t forget the ceiling when you’re updating and refreshing. Give the ceiling some love, too!
- Kelly Eagle, Home Editor, BHG.com
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