Decorated Ceilings Are Looking Up

I was saddened to hear of master interior designer Albert Hadley’s passing this week. From the world of interior design, he had been one of the greats. He never took himself or design. Instead, he made for making life comfortable and enjoyable. I had been thinking about him this week, and while scrolling through a list of his best quotes I came across this one:

“Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a space.”

Unfortunately, this is true. Ceilings are the final frontier. So let us take a peek at 10 ceiling choices that will save yours out of neglect.

Lizette Marie Interior Design

Paint. This is the easiest way to draw eyes up. When it’s just one tone away from the wall colour or it is bright raspberry, lime green or black, or a painted ceiling will make your room seem really decorated and finish.

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Wallpaper. Covering the ceiling is a great way to put in a massive swath of a print which may otherwise overwhelm the space. If you would like to add some texture into the ceiling, then consider covering it in grass cloth.

Rodriguez Studio Architecture PC

Tin. Tin ceilings have been initially created as a more affordable means to add decoration than plaster. They became popular during the Victorian era. Now tin ceilings overeat a real estate listing. If you would like to get the appearance, you can purchase easy-to-install peel-and-stick tiles.

Whitten Architects

Beadboard. Beadboard adds cabin charm to any area. It seems especially great in kitchens and in attic bedrooms with sloped ceilings.

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Hammer Architects

Wood planks. This ceiling is made of decking planks, however you can pick any type of boards you want. While these work well within this midcentury-modern residence, reclaimed boards are another favourite option of mine.

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Trays. A tray ceiling adds measurement. This one has a second ceiling part in the middle, ornate molding job within a geometric pattern. Pay attention to the exceptional lighting on and around this particular ceiling.

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Dillard Pierce Design Associates

Coffered. A coffered ceiling includes a grid of flat panels involving boxed beams.

Carson Poetzl, Inc..

Exposed beams. This appearance is especially well known in Spanish colonial design, but it works in every type of home, from a rustic cottage into a minimalist, modern space.

Echelon Custom Homes

Barrel vaults. A barrel-vault ceiling dates all of the way back to Babylonia. While a single vault is a stunning element to get a long hallway, a bath or a living space, I really like the appearance of a series of barrel vaults in a kitchen. Itreminds me of sitting in my favourite restaurant in Tuscany, complete with comfy candlelight and the very best risotto in the world.

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RLH Studio

Fiber optics. Look closely: This ceiling is full of tiny fiber optic lights that recall the night sky when it is dark.

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