Thursday, January 6, 2011

Ceilings

Whether elaborate or simple, attention to a ceiling really elevates the design of a room.

Recently, I added trim work to the ceiling of my son's roomIt has taken the appeal of his bedroom to the next level. Here's an image before the trim work was installed four inches from the where the wall and ceiling meet. I did this style of trim to keep the eye traveling around the perimeter of his room.  
Compare the two, the trim work finishes the room. When you walk into the room it is very striking. 
This trim work was done in my dining room. I wanted every single detail to be addressed to really create an impact and to make a grand statement.    
This is the ceiling in a client's home. We did a coffered ceiling and added a medallion to her dining room. The room was instantly transformed and looked stunning before we added one piece of furniture. Due to the high ceiling we were able to do the coffered look, whereas in the above photos with eight foot ceilings that would not have worked. 
Do you consider ceilings in your design?

29 comments:

Party Resources said...

I love the difference in your son's room. I have a beautiful deep red bathroom and I went for pop and had the ceiling painted silver. So fun! xx

Shorely Chic said...

How gorgeous!! I love the work you have done in your son's room!

The Buzz said...

Love how you placed the trim on the ceiling instead of the wall - it really brings height to the room. And the dark blue and white color scheme is something your son have even as a teen! Genius!
xxoo

Kathysue said...

Absolutely, I have 2 rooms with painted ceilings and two rooms with molding on the ceilings very much like what you have in your pictures. I need molding in my dining room and family room and that is on my list. I think it is like a beautiful hat or necklace to an outfit. Finished ceiling are a must, I consider them the 5th wall. Great post Lisa, love,love your son's room, gorgeous!!
Kathysue

Ann said...

Stunning! The ceiling details really do transform the room.

When I am consulting with clients, they need to be led gently into considering the ceiling, as KathySue said, as the fifth wall. It's the period or exclamation point to the room.

Andrika King said...

The ceiling trim looks wonderful! A great idea

shari @ little blue deer said...

Love this, and I couldn't agree more, not enough attention is paid to ceilings. I personally love vibrant, painted ones too! XX!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I always add crown molding but don't often add trim to the ceiling other than coffered. I cannot get over the difference in your son's room. Really makes the room pop!

Style Attic said...

Absolutely! I just finished a job where I finally convinced the homeowner to paint the ceiling. Whew, I never thought it would happen and now it's one of her favorite things :) And as if you could have made your son's room any more spectacular...you did! It looks GREAT :)

C'est Moi: Mak said...

I totally agree with you! I'm obssesed with french rococo medallions. This post is fantastic!

Debby said...

Your son's room rocks! I am so bummed I missed the Nate show that featured it... I will have to see if I can view it online. Love your client's ceiling... swoon! xo

The Zhush said...

I love to enhance our ceilings in fun decorative ways as well! Yours are pure perfection!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

LOVE what u did in ur son's room! - and indeed i consider my ceilings too! - in my back porch i stenciled a design on the ceiling (ok i admit it's only 1/4 done, it got too tedious, but i'll finish eventually) .. but i LOVE trim work and details like that!!!

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

That is a brilliant touch, particularly when it is highlighted so well by the dark paint!
Janell

Stacey said...

The ceiling is often overlooked and it can make such a huge difference when included in the design of a space. Love what you did in your son's room too! XX

Cara said...

I would LOVE to add ceiling molding in my dining room...

Lili said...

wow! it does add drama to any space!

quintessence said...

You son's room looks simply fabulous!! I agree - ceilings are a frequently overlooks design opportunity. Don't know if you ever saw my old house but I had a wonderful coffered ceiling with beadboard in my kitchen sitting area - totally made the space!

Heavenly Housewife said...

NO, I never do consider ceilings, but I see I was wrong not to. It adds such a beautiful detail to the room, it's very architectual, and it really brings the eye upwards.
Beautiful.
Have a wonderful weekend daaaaahling.
*kisses* HH

pretty pink tulips said...

I love painted ceilings, but you've taken this design element to new heights. Can't believe the added impact in your son's room - amazing! And, I already thought it was perfect! :)
xo Elizabeth

suzq said...

A mistake with my contractors resulted in a gloriously transformed living room. We punched out some windows and french doors to an added on porch. So we had to repaint the living room. We have a rather wide crown molding in the room to begin with. My husband was talking to the painters and they asked if he wanted the ceiling painted. He said yes. They thought he meant the same color as the walls, so that's what they used. I came home and nearly...hit the ceiling. Then, I lived with it for a while. The room is so big, that painting the ceiling the same color as the walls really warms up the space.

We've also added crown moldings to some of our downstairs rooms. Makes a huge difference in an old farm house like ours, where no two edges are completely square.

Bonnie said...

This looks incredible.
Want to come over and do this to my entire house? It's only three stories!!!

xoxo.
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Casa Bella said...

That ceiling in your client's home is perfection. The work in your son's room looks spectacular. What a difference it makes. Brilliant. Great work, Lisa.

Francine Gardner said...

Great trim detail on your son's ceiling, especially with the paint contrast. Very ingenious. will be following your blog.

Design Elements said...

you placed the trim great! happy weekend!

eddieross said...

Ceilings are so important! Thanks for sharing. Your son's room looks great! A very happy new year to you and your family!
Xo,
E&J

Yahnay said...

They change is amazing it really makes a big difference in the room. It is something that I should think about more.

maureen @ The Inglenook Decor said...

amazing! all the architectural details makes such a big impact!

Chris said...

great details. I love it.
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