When we decide to renovate or redo a part of our house, we tend to pay less attention to the upper section of our homes: the ceiling. Unless it starts to leak or show up with hideous cracks, we usually just leave it alone. However, with newer streamlined design concepts these days, an unsightly ceiling would put an obvious damper on the entire room. To garner some attention to an often overlooked feature, here are some ways you can spruce things up.
Installing Crown Mouldings
Decorative crown mouldings are imminently suitable as a stylish element and to cover up unsightly cracks and unevenness. If you don’t have enough for a vaulted or tray ceiling, this is one way to bring an instant elegance to any room. Instead of pretending that your ceiling exists only as a shelter above your head, you can now consider it as a fifth wall in which you can pay closer attention to.
If you have a vaulted ceiling, you can still install crown mouldings by using half-round panels at the meeting point of the ceiling and walls. It might not seem like much of an addition, but it really does add a subtle elegance to a room.
Ever noticed panellings above your head? These are usually a type of wainscot panel: beadboard. If you’re looking for a more rustic and homey feel, this is definitely the way to go. Its charm can instantly be felt in any room and it also subtly enhances the space around it. A normal installation uses solid wood with a tongue-and-groove method for a tighter hold, but if this is way over your budget, you can always fall back on pressed plywood.
You’ve probably seen these embellished fixtures in various houses, and it definitely adds a majestic feel. The most common positioning is in the centre of the room (the ceiling must be flat) and around a light fixture. Although it can be highly decorative, there are many simpler designs you can choose from. Not only does it add class, it also helps to enhance the base of your ceiling lights.
There are many types of designs available for you to choose from. From curved pattern to lightweight plaster, you get to decide just how much you want to spend on this ceiling feature. If your choice of medallion is larger than your light fixture, you’ll need to have a high enough ceiling to compensate for the extra weight up above.
Implementing Coffered Ceilings
Coffers are square-shaped indentations in a grid-like formation. Although it’s been used for hundreds of years in stately rooms and public buildings, it has only recently made its way into our homes. When you enter a room with a coffered ceiling, you really cannot help but pause to stare at its smooth and solid surface.
By edging its way into our consciousness, this helps to soften the effects of other elements in the room. If your ceilings are tall enough, this is a recommended way to implement a key feature that does not overpower the room. Since solid wood has a tendency to darken a room, you can always create a lighter effect by painting the beams in white.
Although more commonly seen on our walls and floors, there really is nothing wrong with applying tiles above our heads. Styrofoam ceiling tiles are inexpensive and easy to handle, but you can always switch things up a notch with ornamental tin tiles. If you’re looking to minimise the furnishings in your room, you can always enhance your ceiling with intricate tile detailing.
For lower ceilings, you can always use mirrored tiles to create an illusion of height. You can always arrange them in different shapes and patterns to create a desired effect. Instead of only serving a practical side, it now becomes a work of art.
Architectural elements range from simple to elaborate designs, but all of it work to add character and depth to your home. Instead of neglecting your ceiling space, you can take this opportunity to highlight its presence from now on.