Ceiling by Design
Ceiling Design Tips
Many large rooms with high ceilings in apartment
buildings have been divided into smaller rooms, creating awkward
proportions. Rooms feel most comfortable when they are squares or fat
rectangles. A tall ceiling in a small space makes you feel as though you're
in an elevator shaft.
Ceiling ornamentation that borders the ceiling
trim - strong architectural detail that draws the eye down from the ceiling.
- Painting your ceiling a darker color also has the effect of bringing the
- Blue ceiling because of their association with sky,
will always make you feel as though you are looking up to infinity. Painting
clouds on the ceiling evokes the ancient Chinese meaning of wisdom and
- Chinese silver or gold-leaf rice paper installed in
squares in a small for small room warms the ceiling so it shines like the
sun to warm you emotionally.
- There's nothing more effective in bringing a ceiling down than a shimmering
brass chandeliers or
lanterns. In a small room with a
fourteen-foot ceiling, chandelier can became the sky, the sunset, and the spirit of place.
Some ceilings feel oppressively low, especially to tall people, to people
accustomed to being outdoors, or to those living in older, classical
- By painting all the ceilings a soft glaze of blues and white,
an Impressionist cloud illusion, joy will feel lifted up, expansive, and cheered.
- By keeping the height of the furniture low, the ceiling appears higher.
In the eighteenth century, small rooms with low ceiling were easier to heat.
The same applies today. New England has severe winters, and heating bills are
high enough. Small rooms with low ceiling in old houses have an exclusive charm
and atmosphere. Built to accommodate the local climate, these small rooms make
you feel cozy, not cramped. Even for tall people, these small rooms seem
inviting when the colors are cheerful, there's good lighting, and the taste and
style reflect the owner.
There are several architectural elements that
create vertical "orders" on the walls and help add height to a low-ceilinged space.
- Pediments and
pilasters will bring your eye upward creating illusion of ceiling height.
Just as a crown molding can bring a high ceiling down visually because of its
architectural projection, a substantial crown molding can also draw the
eye to the height of the room. Keep in mind the eye wants to be pleased by
- By adding attractive details that enhance the scale and proportion, you are satisfying the eye.
To literally gain height in a room, in some cases it is possible to cut out a ceiling, opening up your
room to the roof height. This way you may also gain another window from the
attic. The "great rooms" that now omit formal living rooms incorporate the idea of openness and light.
A Suspended Ceiling Design
If you have a suspended ceiling, it is a popular element that serves a great
purpose in the modern interior. The “areal” design of the suspended ceiling does
not have any particular boundaries—from the older houses and apartments with
ceilings that range from about 8-12 feet to the office buildings and newer
homes. The suspended ceiling has a great use in reducing noise levels and
creating particular acoustic in the space. It is also a great element to add a
dramatic impact in the space without feeling the need to clutter it with
furniture to overcompensate for the blandness of the space. With the right
lighting it becomes an indispensable architectural part of the room. A big plus
with the suspended ceiling is that it transforms a flat and overwhelming space—a
suspended ceiling is a way to sculpt the room from a box to a uniquely shaped
Suspended ceiling consists of a metal casing that is suspended in the corner
and the actual surface that will allow for lights/ architectural details
(such as ceiling medallions or appliques)—also, depending on the placement of the
suspended ceiling, you may use it to creatively cover up grates or any
elements of the space that you would not want to be shown. The most common
materials that are used to create a suspended ceiling are metal and wood
panels—you can also use different materials for faux finishes and other effects
on the ceiling. You can use the metal frame and the wood panels as the skeleton
and then use plaster to smooth over it making it look like the original
architectural aspect of the house.
Dining room ceiling details
When it comes to interior design and dining rooms, the ceiling is an area that is frequently neglected. After all, how often do people actually look straight up?
In actuality, the architectural details of a ceiling make their way into our
consciousness when we take in the view of an entire dining room...
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When creating a warm and inviting home environment, it's easy to concentrate on your home's floors and wall spaces. After all, these are the areas that naturally draw our attention. However, there's an
important part of every room that deserves equal consideration...
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Incorporating ceiling medallions in your ceiling decor
Seasoned interior designers advise us that a sophisticated and detailed room
design incorporates layers of design. The ceiling is the area of most rooms that
lacks these detailed layers that add interest and elegance, but the good news is
that this dilemma has an easy fix... continue reading on
how to incorporate ceiling medallions into your ceiling decor >>
Creative ceiling design
Be creative with your ceiling design. Look up at your ceiling. As each room has a different ceiling that affects the feeling of the space, a range of creative options is available to you if you decide your ceilings deserve or need decorative attention. Lighting, texture, paint, paper, and fabric can all be apply to your ceiling. In a coat closet, for example, to bring a too-high ceiling down, you can
have your walls shirred in a blue-and-white small-scale print and tented the ceiling...read more about
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Ceiling - the largest unused area of a room - has been given special attention for hundreds of years. In many current interiors, the ceiling's potential to add character to the room has been neglected. In recent years changing interior styles have produced exhilarating ceiling designs, which add new dimensions to interior space... continue reading about ceiling design>>
The Renaissance of ceiling domes
Through the centuries, people have been decorating their homes by beautifying them and creating a sense of calm. There is a great assortment of ways to make your house more appealing and creating an original personality with your own signature ceiling. To be at home, there is a desire for it to feel incredibly
warm, cozy, pleasing, and calming. Is it simple to achieve such an effect. The ceiling is one of the largest blank canvases of your home, but slips from the mind as the possibility of adding character to your house. With the modernization of materials and creativity, there are new breakthroughs in ceiling designs....read more about
the Renaissance of ceiling domes >>
Ceiling decor project
Rather than putting this decorative ring around a center medallion, or around a chandelier; I chose to put it around a very large
and flat flush-mounted custom light fixture. I call it my "foyer pancake light" because it is 32 inches in diameter, and takes 8
full-size light bulbs, but it only projects about 10 inches from the ceiling...
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Our days ceilings
Ceiling today don't carry the same visual impact, yet the ceiling is a fundamental feature that contributes to the overall presentation and feel of a house. One of the greatest differences between the decoration of houses one hundred years ago and now is that today there is an appalling disregard for the ceiling design and aesthetic dimension of a ceiling. While ceiling take up the same space as the floor, few people consider spending even a fraction of their decorating budget on the ceiling
design to make ceiling beautiful....read more about ceilings >>
Creating a polished look is easy with elegant molding.
For a dramatic yet visually appealing look and one that makes any room look completely finished and polished, try creating decorative areas on the ceiling using crown molding and panel molding. Special details like ceiling moldings can serve many purposes. They can give the room the appearance that the ceiling is
higher than it is or can make a room with a high ceiling look shorter. They can also create a beautiful and elegant backdrop to showcase pretty,
decorative hanging lamps and chandeliers...read more about
Elegant ceiling design >>
Adding detail and elegance with ceiling molding
Your thoughtful use of imaginative ceiling design features can inspire playfulness, or it can create a gorgeous and elegant statement of the latest in room fashion design. Take an area of a room that is normally ignored and make it into a decorative showcase. Make your crystal chandelier pop with not only its feature of light, but elegance surrounding it by
using a pretty ceiling medallion. Light and shadows come into play when using
crown molding, which can have the effect of making a room's ceiling seem to be higher or lower. Make a small room appear as if it is larger or a large room look like it's more cozy by using ceiling moldings...
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