Look up. Does your ceiling look like the ceiling in every other home? It doesn’t have to be that way. Believe it or not, with some simple updates, your ceiling can become a focal point, add interest to a room and make your home a little different.
Making your ceiling more interesting doesn’t necessarily mean drawing a lot of attention to it. In fact, by using some small details and finishing touches, your ceiling will complement the decor in your home.
Install Crown Moulding
One of the easiest ways to add interest to your ceiling is to install crown moulding. Crown moulding comes in all kinds of styles so you can choose one that matches your home. This is a simple project that you can do yourself so you can have a fully customised ceiling.
After you have installed the moulding, you can paint it the same colour as the walls or you can go with a different colour to add some interest and contrast. Go with a contrasting colour for a more casual, fun look. If you want to make the room look more classical and traditional, use a shade slightly lighter or darker than your walls.
Use Paint to add a Subtle Difference
If the thought of painting your ceiling scares you, relax. You don’t have to go with a bold, bright colour. In fact, going with a lighter hue will actually make the room look bigger and brighter.
You can pair this project with the one above, installing crown moulding, for some added interest. If you do this, it’s a good idea to paint the ceiling before you install the moulding. Light yellows, blues and greens are especially conducive to ceilings and add just enough to make it more interesting. To do this, use painter’s tape to protect the top of your walls and light fixtures. Then, hire a spray system to paint the ceiling.
Add a Pattern
However, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, paint a pattern on your ceiling. You can do a chevron pattern, broad stripes, pin stripes or even diamonds to make the room feel fun and eclectic. Another simple approach is to paint a large circle on your ceiling, with the light fixture at the centre. This is a funky touch that will make a big statement.
Or, you can go with a simpler look and paint a light border around the ceiling. Using a pale colour will make this detail fit right in with your room, but will add just enough to make the ceiling something special.
Add Exposed Beams
If you are looking for a more three-dimensional update, install some exposed beams. Of course, the beams will be for looks only, and won’t change the support system behind your walls and ceiling. There are several ways to do this, from adding one large beam across the centre of your room to adding several. This looks especially good in a room with a high or pitched ceiling.
Leaving the beams natural, distressing them, staining them or even using natural logs will give the room an earthy or even cabin-like feeling. Finishing cut beams with paint will give the room a more traditional look.
Create a Tray Ceiling
Tray ceilings, with a raised centre, are very traditional and classy. You can transform your ordinary ceiling into a tray ceiling with some drywall and crown moulding. Add the drywall to the sides of the ceiling for the “lower” portion, and then use crown moulding between the exposed sides of the drywall and the ceiling.
You’ll need to finish the addition with paint. Some tray ceilings are one colour, but some feature a different colour in the centre to add some interest and highlight the dimension of the ceiling.
Cover it with Wood Panelling
Another simple way to update your ceiling and make it more interesting is to cover it with wood panelling. Use a palm sander to smooth the boards and then finish them with a rich stain or a cheery shade of paint. Then, use a nailer to attach them to your ceiling.
Depending on how you do this project, you can make many different statements with wood panelling. Light colours and paint tend to look more casual and are perfect for kitchens and entryways. On the other hand, deep stains make a more rich, traditional statement and work well in libraries, dining rooms and living rooms.
Build a Skylight
If you want to permanently alter your ceiling and add sunlight to a room, build a skylight! This project will take some planning and you will need to consult with a professional to make sure your plans are safe and won’t compromise the stability of your roof.
However, when done correctly a skylight can add a lot to any room, and is one of the best ways to add interest to a ceiling. A smaller skylight would be a good fit for a bathroom or entryway, while a larger skylight can be installed in a kitchen or even a hallway.
There are so many ways you can make your ceiling more interesting and add something new to any room in your home. Whether you want to update your living room, kitchen, entertainment room or bedroom, these ideas can help you make the ceiling the most interesting part of your home! For all your painting and decorating equipment and tool hire needs, please visit our website!
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