July 6, 2011

Painted Ceilings

Since we talked about painted hardwood floors yesterday, I thought it would be appropriate to now...look up...at our ceilings, which take up as much space in the room as our floors.  Have you ever really thought of that?  The days of basic white ceilings has passed us by.  It's true!  In our design business I don't feel like the room is complete until the ceilings have been considered into the design plan. They should never be overlooked, just as any other element in your room shouldn't be overlooked. Whether you go a few shades lighter in color than on your walls, a few shades darker, or decide to "pop" an incredible different color...it will make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the room in the end.  Now, this is not to say that you can't have good design with white walls and/or white ceilings...you can, but adding a little color up top is also a great idea. Let's take a look to see what I mean...


ceiling picture veranda
This scrumptious blue ceiling certainly does the trick to bring the eye down and makes it feel a part of the "total package" here. Complete serenity here, wouldn't you agree?

Photo from Traditional Home.
Here a lighter shade of blue is used to contrast a bold black and white pattern on the floor.  

Another example of same thing done (and look at that "pop" with the green chair and green bucket for the pens and pencils!!)

black-ceiling-elle-decor
How about this very dramatic effect with a black ceiling...along with  black trim and black also on the floor.  Do you like?  It is actually balanced out with white on the walls here.



I think this combo is heavenly with the dark floors, b/w wallpaper, and then topped off with a yellow ceiling. Notice that the ceiling color used here is slightly lighter than the shade of yellow that is used in the draperies and accessories.  

Talk about POP...here it is.  A huge color effect to this otherwise white room!  See how the purple was also carried out in the artwork on the wall...and again on the table top.  Remember the good rule of thumb...repeat the color at least three times in the room!

Here is yet another huge pop of color on the ceiling, that just happens to be purple as well.  I see the color repeated again in the chair cushions....where else do you suppose they added it in?

Ah...and here's a bit of our patriotic colors (how appropriate for this week!).  I simply love the boldness of the blue on this ceiling, which is a lighter shade of the throw pillow.  I would bet that the same blue (as in the pillow) is used for the dust ruffle on the bed...or maybe chairs in the room.  Can you tell how adding a color on the ceiling just throws in a whole new "look and feeling"...as opposed to just a plain white ceiling? Imagine this ceiling as white...which would YOU prefer?

This room in designed in basically the same color...just using differing shades of the color throughout....what do you think?  Like or dislike?  Or do you prefer the use of other colors with it?  Just curious about YOUR tastes!

OK, here's your chance...showcasing a third color, in contrast to the others, on the ceiling...and in high gloss I do believe. I do see the color repeated in the artwork and I'm sure it is used elsewhere in this room too.  Talk about a bold statement on the ceiling....whew!  Any thoughts?  I'd say this one is a "high energy" room for sure. Me personally, I could handle the colors in the room very well, but I couldn't take the boldness of this color used on the ceiling. Now that's just my personal design preference!

Kid's rooms make a great place to add a little spice to the ceilings.  I love the simple stripes in white, brown and green here that is then accented with the blues around the room.  I especially like how the green is used on the back wall of the shelves...as it pulls that green down from the ceiling to eye level as well. This is a room any kid would enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed looking at painted ceiling ideas today.  See how important it is to include the ceiling in your design plan from the beginning? It will make all the difference in the world to the final outcome and feeling of the room too.  If you are still unsure of how to coordinate your colors in the room, be sure to invest in an interior designer.  It will be well worth the investment! Let us know if we can help you.

Make it a "Simply Irresistible" Day!  



Photo Credits:  Veranda, Southern Living, Elle Decor, Sherill Canet, Sara Story, Making Arrangements, HGTV, Margaret Donaldson, House Beautiful



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