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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Open Shelving

One of the really great things about our home when we purchased it was that the kitchen had already recently been redone.  Since our home is our “30-year-home” it made great sense to us that we wouldn’t have to move in and re-do the kitchen…and then turn around and re-do it 30 years from now when we want to sell….because let’s face it, no matter how nice your kitchen is, in 30 years, it will be outdated.

However, that does mean that all of the beautiful inspiration that is out there in the kitchen department falls on blind eyes around here.  But that doesn’t keep me from lusting after some beautiful spaces that I wish I could have in my kitchen…perhaps I save these ideas in my head for my ‘beach house’…you know, that fake house that we will never have enough money to purchase but that I keep in the back of my head so that I can redecorate it at whim.  What.  You don’t do that?

My latest obsession is open shelving.  Perhaps it is an obsession because 1) I can’t do it in my own kitchen  and 2) it seems very impractical for my lifestyle (re: cluttered) and since I’m admittedly day dreaming I can day dream my way into believing something like this would actually work for me…(see: cluttered…also, dusty).  I also really appreciate that there are different ways to ‘do’ open shelving that can lend itself well to multiple styles.

While I often consider open shelving to skew a kitchen to the more traditional/slightly country feel, like in the ones below…

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…there are also many different open shelving options that can be quite modern…

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…and/or contemporary…

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…even minimalist, dare I say.

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So what are your thoughts on open shelving in kitchens?  Pretty but impractical?  Or lust-worthily form and function?

 

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