The Most Forgotten Part of Your Home Is...
Every once in while I grab my camera and do a little sightseeing around my city. It's a chance to practice my photography and to capture things that inspire me.
Recently, while going through my photo archives I noticed a trend. Many of them were photos of ceilings. But not just any ceiling— gaw-geous ceilings.
If you're reading this from a place inside your home take a moment please and look up. What do you see? Whatever it is, is it interesting? Boring? Pretty? In need of repair? Today we'll explore some unique ways to add a bit of interest to the 5th wall of our rooms.
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Y'all know from my previous posts on hotels, and restaurants, that I get a lot of my small home inspiration from public places. What's amazing is how many of them give attention to this oft overlooked area. And boy can a decorated ceiling dramatically change a room!
As I was looking through these photos, I started to wonder about ways these ideas could be incorporated in a home - my home and yours to be exact.
I've assembled a few of my favorites, and have included the locations— well, at least the ones that I remember. Enjoy!
Cool Ideas for the 5th Wall of Every Room in Your Home
This one was one of my favorites! High contrasting colors work well in just about any space. This photo was taken at a posh unisex salon in the heart of the Chicago Loop.
Are you starting to notice a trend here? Not only is the ceiling making a statement, but a gorgeous light fixture is added to enhance it. It's like adding jewelry to an already stunning outfit.
Sometimes, the more unusual the light fixture, the better. The fixture in the photo above was made by fusing brass horns together and adding lights. Very swanky and it looks like a custom designed. Can you believe I was able to find TWO similar light fixtures on Amazon?! (see linked photo below).
How to Get a Great Looking Ceiling
Install faux tin tiles and then paint them white. Add a fun, eye-catching light fixture.
Some of you live in small spaces with gargantuan ceiling heights. The majority of the ceilings in my home have average to low heights. However, the staircase leading to the second floor has a very exaggerated canopy.
How to Get the Look
"Lower" the ceiling height by painting it a darker color than the walls and installing a dramatic light fixture - or two. While you're at it, add a few speakers to take advantage of the acoustics.
This intricate detail will definitely require the help of a professional carpenter who is also good in geometry! An installation like this would be quite costly for a large space. It's a splurge even for a smaller one. But the you'll save a lot in labor and materials.
How to Get the Look
For a low budget alternative look try using fabric ribbon. Many interior designers have trimmed out entire apartments with ribbon. It looks just like the real thing! It's rather labor intensive though. So I suggest choosing a small area to practice.
Most of us have seen ceilings that are painted a different color from the rest of the room before. But THIS is indeed unique. I think these are turkey feathers. I could totally see this painted ceiling artwork--minus the two bird-winged people— in a home bedroom, closet or family room. Don't get me wrong, the entire mural absolutely works for a trendy hotel. Many homeowners are just not this fearless. But if you are the exception however, I say go for it!
How to Get the Look
Duplicate this look with fancy wall decals! After all a ceiling is a wall right?
What caught my eye next was what I saw when I swung my lens to the other side of this lounge. Take a look.
Okay, okay this is clearly NOT a ceiling, but I just couldn't resist including it. I love anything that is glamorously bohemian chic, and this artwork just made me go "Yeeeeee!" when I saw it. Just like the ceilings featured before it, this print is 3-D. Let's take a closer look.
Oh-my-good-ness! Is that awesome or what?! This mixed media art piece was signed by Sarah Raskey, and the woman featured is named Lady Lucent. It measures 96 x 72 (enormous), and is embellished with Swarovski crystals and vintage jewels. This stunner was worth the distraction... returning to earth now.
So as I was saying, indeed, one of the biggest advantages to living in a small space is that it doesn't take much to have a great impact. Giving attention to the details is the best thing you can do to #showyourspacesomelove.
Tell me now, do you have any unique designs or colors on your ceilings?
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