11.04.2011

Wallpapered Ceilings

The ceiling of a room has, for whatever reason, become a taboo design conversation that is oftentimes, unfortunately, omitted from consideration in the overall room design/decor or, when talked about, usually leaves clients and homeowner gasping in horror - most likely because, well, 1.) someone somewhere decided ceilings should be white, 2.) the thought of touching said white ceiling somehow instantly implies big bucks, contract workers (unless you are a wallpaper prodigy), and the horrific potential of something dripping onto the floor below, 3.) wallpaper sometimes freaks people out and 4.) people are scared of stepping out of the design box and attempting something outside the social norm....that is where your designer comes in because, frankly, 1.) I'm not afraid to touch/alter/revamp any aspect of your space, 2.) I relish in a good challenge, and 3.) No surface finish is ever really permanent as far as I'm concerned.

The ceiling is essentially the fifth wall in your space (going off of a typical four walled rectilinear room example) and should be an integral part of the overall design considerations. Drawing the eye up to the ceiling completes the overall aesthetics of the space, plus, you can do some pretty awesome visual illusions by incorporating it into your design. You can alter the overall mood, aesthetic, visual height, and sense of space in your space all by tinkering with the ceiling. It can be as traditional and refined or as far out and funky as you want. It can be the commanding star in the room or the best supporting feature. And, the price tag on doing so is completely customizable to your needs. You can gild it in gold or you can simply paint it with a gallon from your local hardware store and anything in between. But today, we are talking about wallpaper. Yes, wallpaper ON YOUR CEILING


Abstract  patterns add an artistic and eclectic flair when paired with a traditional gilded chandelier:

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Subtle sheen and pattern add dimension and interest to capture the incoming light in this closet while the stunning lavender hue adds a much needed pop of color and drama to the all white floor to ceiling storage built ins of this closet space:

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The chocolate brown paisley design is not only captivating in its intricate patterning but it establishes a vital relationship between the pale grey walls and hardwood floors:

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The unexpected boldness of this floral paired with the unapologetic red walls creates a modern and theatrical powder room environment:

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The allover pattern in this space helps enhance the neutral pallet of the space by providing visual texture. It also helps to confine and ground the space (a white ceiling would have left the furnishings "floating" and the room would feel sparse and unfinished):


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The stunning cerulean color of this ceiling pattern is incorporated vertically through the frame matting on the adjacent vertical surfaces:

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If an allover pattern or color seems overwhelming to you, the ceiling pattern/color can even act as a "ceiling rug" of sorts by selecting a small area of the overall ceiling over a major seating area/arrangement and only wallpapering/painting that selected area. Finish it off by "framing" and isolating that area with molding (added bonus: this gives the allusion of a sort of faux tray ceiling):

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Ceiling patterns can be as bold as the images above or a subtle as a neutral and low contrast print:

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Or as simple as a solid allover color/texture:
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You can achieve similar looks with paint and stencils and elbow grease (but we will discuss that later).
So, wallpapered ceilings...love it or hate it?
What is your pattern de jour?
Throw Em Up,




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