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Using Paint to Make a Statement
A plain white ceiling can calm a busy room, but there is no reason to stick
with the ordinary if you want to add a decorative element to your ceiling. Take
a tip from interior designers and blend 30 percent of the wall color with white
to achieve a more unified look. If you use a color that is different from the walls,
choose a lighter tone to make your ceilings appear higher. Metallic paint in copper, gold, silver and other colors add a touch of glamour and allow your ceiling to
shimmer as light reflects from different angles. Faux finishes, glazing and artistic
stencils are popular to bring an added layer of depth and beauty to a ceiling. For
the ultimate in visual impact, hand painted trompe l’oeil murals create the illusion of a realistic scene or the sky above to make the ceiling a “fifth wall” and an
intriguing decorative highlight.
Definitive Moldings for an Ornamental Look
Crown molding can add character and elegance to a room and ease the transition from the walls to the ceiling. From simple designs to intricate creations, you
can choose a style that complements the design of your home. Use crown molding
to wrap around the entire ceiling or to highlight an architectural element like an
alcove or a window. Colonial and C-shaped designs have a straight look suitable
for more contemporary interior decor, while more elaborate crown molding like
dentil designs are more ornamental. Install simpler crown molding in smaller
rooms, and use more highly decorative molding with swirls and scrolls to add
grandeur to a large room and make the ceilings look higher.
Coffered and Lit Tray Ceilings to Add Dimension
Add architectural interest by installing a coffered or tray ceiling to your room.
A coffered ceiling consists of molding or beams to create a grid-like pattern with
recessed squares. Less common is a coffered ceiling that creates an intricate pattern of octagon shapes. Tray ceilings, a very popular option in luxury homes, create a single recessed area with molding that borders the perimeter of the room.
Painting the recessed area in a deeper, contrasting or metallic color can make the
tray ceiling even more pronounced, and creative lighting can heighten the visual
effect even further. Use an elaborate chandelier with a decorative ceiling medallion to draw the eye upward. For a highly dramatic look, install molding that
accommodates rope lighting. The result is indirect lighting that infuses the room
with a warm glow.
Tin Ceiling Tiles for a Vintage Look
Tin ceiling tiles, wildly popular during the latter half of the 19th century, are
making a comeback in upscale homes. True vintage tin tiles are rescued from
older buildings and typically feature elaborate patterns with open designs on the
sides to allow them to fit together easily. Replica tin tiles in a wide variety of patterns are also available. Decorative tin tiles are available in three standard sizes,
6-, 12- and 24-inch squares. The raised area that creates the pattern is less than
an inch deep, enough to make the design clearly visible without giving the tile a
heavy appearance. While tin is the main material used in metal ceiling tiles, copper is sometimes used because of its striking color.
No matter which materials and patterns you select, creating a unique ceiling
can add timeless beauty to your home. I-L