Brass, chrome, copper and paintable white 2' x 4' ceiling panels make up Armstrong's "Metallaire Decorative Ceilings" line, which have intricate detail reminiscent of late 19th century metal ceilings. The ceiling line has been so successful architects and interior designers are pleased to know the line has just been extended so that the ceiling panels are available for backsplash applications.
The ceiling should be considered the fifth wall in a room, and should always be considered when developing an interior design plan.
Paint: Just like the other four walls, the quickest least expensive way to change your ceiling design is by painting it. Even if your walls are white, your ceiling doesn’t have to be. Color on the ceiling will give the room dimension and personality. Soft colors will make the room open up and evoke feelings of the outdoors. Imagine painting your bedroom ceiling a soft blue, sunset peach or mellow yellow. If you have a dark room, you can paint the ceiling in a high-gloss finish that will capitalize on the room’s available light (Caution: high gloss paint will highlight flaws in a surface). If you have high ceilings and you want to ‘bring the ceiling down’, you can paint the ceiling a dark color such as chocolate brown. If your ceilings are low or average height, consider painting the ceiling a lighter shade of the wall color (mix one part of the wall color with two or three parts of pure white).
Paint Pattern Designs: Another option when using paint on the ceiling is not to paint the entire ceiling in a color, but to paint large squares, circles or diamond patterns. The paint colors can be monochromatic, or a mix of different complementary colors. This approach is particularly good for modern/contemporary design plans.
Painted Murals: You can hire a professional artist to paint a mural on your ceiling. It doesn’t need to be a complicated design; it needs to flow with the other design elements in your space.
(By clicking here, you can go to an article by Martha Stewart with practical tips on painting ceilings.)
Other Ceiling Options: As seen at left, there are many options in ceiling decor. You can use wallpaper, tiles, even architectural details such as beams, molding, crown molding for decorative lighting, and often adding beauty to a chandelier, add a medallion.
In summary, ceilings should not be boring or ignored.
Use the ceiling to emphasize and enhance the décor of a room. Have fun and make your ceilings something pleasant to look at that will compliment your home and give it unique style.
If decorating isn't easy for you or if you are in need of some particular interior design assistance, our designers at the Something Beautiful Shoppe will be happy to work with you - working with professional helps assure you get the look you deserve while helping eliminate costly mistakes.