Things are Looking Up
Unfortunately, not all our homes are gifted with ceilings of breathtaking heights and beauty like the one above. In fact, most of our ceilings fall at the complete opposite end of the spectrum: plain and boring.
Let’s face it, ceilings are often neglected. At best, they’re white, matte, and don’t have too many cracks or stains. They might even be graced with the presence of a lovely pendant. But, truth be told, they could look better.
After all, we spend countless hours choosing the perfect wall color, wallpaper, flooring, tiles… Why not pay our ceilings equal attention?
We may not look up as often as we look down, but our eyes wander over to the ceiling more often than we may think, especially in our bedrooms where we spend countless hours staring at the ceiling!
With this, here are my top 5 tricks to give your ceiling the attention it deserves.
1. Don’t paint it white. This may be stating the obvious, but there are endless options here. Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls can be especially effective in a smaller space like a bathroom. It creates a feeling of cosiness and cocooning.
Make the ceiling the focus of your room by painting it a bright or dark color. The combinations here are endless, because this trick can work with white or colored walls. Let your imagination run wild! A dark color will add a sense of depth, especially if used on the upper part of the walls as well as the ceiling.
2. Geometric patterns. This will immediately draw the eye to your ceiling. Geometrics can be achieved with paint, moldings or wallpaper. But I also love this inexpensive idea of creating a geometric pattern using nailheads like the one below by Pam of Simple Details.
3. Silver leaf. Silver or gold leaf really does wonders to a ceiling! Its highly reflective surface will make your space lighter and brighter. I’m guessing an entire ceiling covered in silver leaf probably doesn’t fit most of our budgets. If you like the look, why not follow this faux silver leaf ceiling tutorial?
4. Lacquer. This is my personal favorite. It works with every color under the sun, but also does wonders with white. It will give your ceiling a glossy finish that will make you feel like you’re standing inside a jewel! To get the lacquer effect, Jackie Astier used automotive paint, but a high gloss paint finish would give a similar effect at a much lower cost!
5. Wallpaper. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, wallpapering a ceiling can make for a wonderful visual effect. Whether you’re continuing the pattern from the walls or covering only the ceiling, a patterned wallpaper is sure to leave a lasting impression!
Now that you’ll never look at ceilings the same way, tell me: do you have a favorite look? Would you try any of this in your home?
See you next week!
Gabrielle | Savvy Home
Sources: 1. Shelton, Mindel & Associates apartment via Architectural Digest 2. Celerie Kemble for Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 3. William Hablinski Architecture 4. Modern Declaration 5. Domus Nova 6. Jonathan Adler’s Bathroom via Houzz 7. Simple Details 8. Daniel Romualdez via Architectural Digest 9. Jackie Astier’s Apartment 10. Lonny Mag