The most neglected part of the home when it comes to decoration is by far the ceiling. Most ceilings are bare and boring.
No wonder most people fall asleep when they lay down on the floor! There is nothing to look at, enjoy, or stimulate the mind on the ceiling.
As everyone’s ceiling seems to be this way, it can be tempting to simply leave you ceiling the boring, plain thing that it is. However, your ceiling can also be an interesting topic of conversation when you have friends over if you make it stand out from the others.
This does not mean that your ceiling needs to be bright purple with neon green polka-dots. Your ceiling should be tasteful in design, but unique in presentation.
The first thing you will want to consider when you finally decide to decorate your ceiling is what color it should be. The color you choose should complement the other colors in the rooms.
A good choice is the same color as your walls, but slightly lighter in color. Neutral colors are the best, but bold colors can also look fantastic in the right setting.
The safest bold colors are metallic or very dark colors. Some even paint the ceiling a variety of colors or hire an artist to paint a mural.
For example, the Sistine ceiling is one of the most well-known and loved ceilings in the world. The artist Michael Angelo painted a mural on the ceiling of this building.
Another aspect of the ceiling that can have quite an impact on the look of the room is the light fixture. There are thousands of different varieties of light fixtures.
Lights vary in color, shape, size, brilliance, and price widely. Have fun with this element of the ceiling and walk through several light sections at home department stores to see which light fixtures are unique and will stand out, while complementing the rest of the room.
Consider a large, fancy chandelier or a simpler but beautiful light cover. The way the light is presented in the room will affect the mood of the room.
In general, it is better to go to large rather than too small with a light fixture. Most people select lights that are too small and do not properly light the room.
It is best to select a bright light that properly lights a room and then install a dim switch so that you can have a variety of choices for how bright the room is. For example, if you choose this kind of light for a dining room, you will be able to turn the light on full for a cheerful, light luncheon.
Meanwhile, you can dim the lights for a romantic candlelight dinner. This flexibility is very nice and convenient to have.
If your ceiling is made of the basic drywall, you might want to consider reconstructing it out of something more elegant and durable. There are many options available.
For example, ornate tin is a very decorative and easy addition to the ceiling. Carved wood, wallpaper, other metals, fabric, and wall decals are also favorite materials for decorating a ceiling with.
Even raw architectural elements have their own personality and flare. Raw architectural elements may include things such as wood beams, cofferings, and ceiling trays.
To finish off the effect of your decorative ceiling, you may want to consider adding ornate or decorative moldings, crowns, and medallions. If you are decorating a bed room, you may want to have a little fun with the ceiling by strategically placing glow in the dark stars on it.
Other people have even installed tiny LED lights to look like the night sky. These special touches can add personality to the design of the room as well.
Even if you choose the biggest, brightest light that would look elegant for the room, you may notice that your room is still dark. If this is the case, you have a couple of options.
First, you can purchase other lamps to set around the room. Second, you can install a skylight.
The second option allows the natural daylight to enter the room. This adds a soft light to the room.
In addition, the extra light does not add on to your electricity bills. Skylights can add a lot of light to a room for very little expense.
Decorative ceilings add personality to a room and are not too boring to look at. Changing you ceiling to a decorative ceiling is definitely worth it.
Jack R. Landry has worked since 1986 as an interior decorator specializing in ceiling decor. He has written hundreds of articles about decorating home and office spaces including finding the right kind of tin ceilings.
Jack R. Landry