Ceiling decor is looking up

Scripps Howard News ServiceNovember 23, 2012 

Ceiling tones that are a little darker will create warmth and coziness. Family rooms, including dens, are perfect for darker colors.

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Many people don’t even consider the ceiling when designing homes. And we generally don’t address it other than in terms of putting lights and fans there. So perhaps it is time to talk about decorating the ceiling. It is, after all, the fifth wall.

Color: The “standard” is white, and that is fine. Light tones on the ceiling create a feeling of height in the room. In contrast, tones that are a little darker will create warmth and coziness. Family rooms, including dens, are perfect for darker colors. Bedrooms benefit from darker ceilings, also, particularly master bedrooms.

Fixtures: Choose lights and ceiling fans with design in mind. The fan, for example, should reflect the decor you have elsewhere in the room. If the room is tropical, for instance,go for a fan that looks tropical, perhaps with bamboo blades. If the decor is ultra contemporary, the fan should be as well. Texture: Textured ceilings are interesting. There are panels for ceilings that come in textured patterns and can be applied to the ceiling easily. Another well-used idea is to put molding on the ceiling and paint either the molding or the ceiling inside the molding a contrasting color.

Pattern: Consider stenciling the ceiling. Create your own or purchase a kit or have a painter do the job.

It was customary to put wallpaper on the ceiling, but that faded from the design scene. Or did it? Well, yes, for a while, but it is back in vogue. Though not as popular as it used to be, wallpapering the ceiling is making a comeback.

Certain formal rooms, such as dining rooms, do well with fabric on the ceiling. Master bedrooms work with fabric ceilings, too. It can be draped for a tent effect or clustered close to the ceiling for an interesting, warm look.

Pick the idea that pleases you and go for it. You will be glad you did.

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