Design Is In the Details: Don’t forget the Ceiling!

If you’re like me, you are so focused on what is going on the walls and the floor and in between that you forget the ceiling!  I have heard several of my design professors call the ceiling the fifth wall, while admonishing us to treat it like one.  I think the striped ceiling in our Room of the Week, by Molly Leutkemeyer, is the perfect example of using the ceiling to add to the design of the room.  Here are a few tips for incorporating your ceiling into your design:

1. Use the ceiling to help extend your design.  In our Room of the Week the stripes add to the color palette, and the brightness of the room.

2. Use the ceiling to draw attention to an architectural element.  The vaulted ceilings in our Room of the Week definitely deserve to be highlighted.  And at the same time the stripes help to make the ceiling not seem too high.

3. Use the ceiling to create a mood.  Maybe you want to bring a little of the sky indoors…paint your ceiling light blue!  Or, you might want a cozier room, so darken the ceiling.

4. Use the ceiling to create artistic tension.  Adding an unexpected color or patterned wallpaper on the ceiling can be just the right amount of tension in the room to make your design extra unique, without being in your face.

5. If you aren’t ready for the task of wallpaper or paint, try something a little more minimal, like adding appropriate crown molding, painting your trim a color other than standard white, or adding a ceiling medallion around your overhead light fixture.  A little can go a long way!

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