Friday, April 12, 2013

Make Your Home Soar to New Heights

I'm excited to share with you today a design technique that many people often overlook.  The way I think about a room is that the room has not four walls, but five.  For me, the fifth wall is the ceiling.  How many of you have a knockdown white ceiling?  I believe we don't have to be someone as famous as Oprah -- one of the most public fans of unique ceiling textures and colors -- to move away from the ho-hum white ceiling.   Decorating your ceiling with color and texture is one of the easiest ways to make your home soar to new heights.

What I love about the photo above is the use of contrasting color and structural detail.  The simple wood beams on the ceiling add symmetry and balance using the same tones in the wood from the floors.  A perfect example of how the fifth wall works to create a space that I would want to enjoy my morning tea.

Sometimes it's not color, but structural elements that make the fifth wall create an elegant and sophisticated space.  I can almost hear the white beams on the white ceiling calling out to me, "Joanie!  Come and enjoy the afternoon with us."

I'm imagining Prince listening to his hit song, "Purple Rain," in the above picture.  In this photo, the metalic ceiling is created from paint.  For me, this faux treatment adds a touch of reflection to create a dramatic look. 

Another way to easily add contrast and dimension to a room is with crown molding.  What I love about this technique is that the crown molding seperates the ceiling from the walls to create a calming overall feeling to bedroom. 

In both the photo above and below, the technique used is to continue the same medium used on the four walls into my favorite fifth wall, the ceiling.  I really like how the continuity of using the wallpaper and the paint from the wall up onto the ceiling creates a polished and mesmorizing effect. 

The below technique is a tad more involved, but well worth the effort in the end result.  I can't see the rest of the room in this picture, but I'm certain the tone of the wood used in the ceiling reflects the other wood tones of the room.  The ceiling details of using unexpected material combines several design strategies to make an otherwise plain ceiling something very special and call out, "Come relax and enjoy yourself!"

Lastly, I wanted to end by sharing this final ceiling photo below.  I'm really drawn to the soft effect of painting the ceiling a different color than the wall and the profound impact it has on the feel of the space.  Again, the below photo uses paint as the differentiator in the room.  Something not only the rich and famous can do, but each one of us, to make our rooms soar to new heights!

Looking forward to sharing my design joys and insights next week.  Yours, Joanie 

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE LOVE my blue painted dining room ceiling that you suggested almost 8 years ago. Your post has rekindled my vision to install whitewashed planks to my kitchen ceiling. Not only do I love the affect, the planks will cover some ugly cracks. Your biggest fan; your little sister.