February 13, 2012

A Glass Ceiling Break Through

Every once in a while I come across a design image that makes me immediately think, “Oh!  We TOTALLY have to do that!!”  Of course, then I quickly remember the confines of our current living space (a lovely space that we plan to inhabit for many, many years) and realize that there are certain limitations to my sky-high desires.

Below, is one such image.

Oh we could totally achieve this look in our kitchen…but we’d have to move the kitchen to the 3rd floor, which really isn’t practical.

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Fortunately, I have found some other beautiful, inspiring ceiling designs that are actually quite reachable.

We’ll start with the Coffered Ceiling.  Always a dramatic treatment, a coffered ceiling does require a certain amount of space in a room to truly shine.  This one that spans the kitchen and great room is embellished with bead-board and beautifully detailed moldings.

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For a more modern, yet more romantic (in my humble opinion) version of the coffered ceiling, a circular pattern can really make an impact.

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Paneling a ceiling can also be a fantastic upgrade.  This kitchen balances charm with modernity.  The stainless steel, mini-subway tiled backsplash contrasts so beautifully with the rustic, paneled ceiling for maximum appeal.

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Even less of a challenge for ceiling installation is the charming tin ceiling.  Very popular in the Victorian era, the look can be replicated these days with stamped aluminum or even plastic.

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For a less permanent ceiling treatment, swags of linen can have a very powerful impact.

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Even small spaces can take advantage of a ceiling treatment.  The application below is actually a wall paper graphic that can be custom fit for the size of your room.

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If the thought of wall papering your ceiling doesn’t make your back ache and your fingers go numb, you could always go the stencil route as well.  This damask print is quite the statement…

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…likewise, this delicious, large-scale graphic ins bold turquoise is a game changer for an ordinary bathroom/laundry nook.

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And if stenciling or wallpapering or applying a textural treatment seems too overwhelming, it is always an option to utilize some simple faux painting techniques.  While faux finish applications on furniture and walls may have seen their prime, an application on the ceiling would offer just the right amount of perspective to make the technique fresh.

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Have you ever done any of these to a ceiling in your home?  Would you?

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2 Responses to “A Glass Ceiling Break Through”

  1. sarah Says:
    February 13th, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I LOVE those first three images!!

    I’ve totally thought about wallpapering our ceiling with a bold pattern before. We rent but I totally investigated the removable wallpaper to cover ceiling stains our landlord refuses to fix. In the end it just didn’t seem worth it though (for a rental).

  2. Sarah @ circle and sprout Says:
    February 14th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Awesome! The ceiling is often over looked when designing! I have a popcorn ceiling in one of our rooms, one of these might be just the thing to cover over it!