Looking Up – The Decorated Ceiling

Stunning reclaimed wood beams create a beautiful ceiling that pulls this rustic living room together in what must the most amazing lake house. Image courtesy Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles via cococozy.com, interior design by Tracey Interiors.

If a room in your home is feeling a bit drab, lacking architectural detail say, just try looking up.  Yup, adding design elements to your ceiling is sure to give you that elusive wow-factor. I’ve never seen a decorated ceiling that hasn’t added interest, beauty and the unexpected to a room.

From modern moldings to exposed beams of reclaimed wood, tin ceiling tile to wallpaper and paint treatments, the internet is chock full of inspiring ideas that are sure to make you look up. Here are a small sampling:

Image courtesy Kitchenisms via Holly Mathis Interiors

Beyond adding a pop of unexpected design drama, a decorated ceiling provides the perfect backdrop to that oh-so special lighting fixture you found after long search.  I love the pairing of the chandelier and exposed brick in the picture above – each accentuates the other’s charm; and how the sparkle of tin tile helps the the chandelier to stand out that much more in the dining room below.

Image via Desire to Inspire

Image courtesy Dress Launderette via Erin Ever After

The painted black ceiling paired with the medallion is a beautiful contrast.  In both this instance and the wallpapered ceiling below, it’s the ceiling that really pulls these dining rooms together.

Image via Design Sponge

Image courtesy At Home in Arkansas magazine of via House of Turquoise

The charming little bedroom below is made ever more so by the painted board and beam ceiling.  And above, the wallpapered foyer really is a lovely and unusual touch that makes for a very warm welcome into this home (that little bench too is pretty great).

Image via 2bp

image via Design-Milk

These modern moldings by NMC (a collaboration with designer Geoffory Lheost) are lots of fun and certainly add a lot of zing to modern interiors.

As many of these interiors prove, a designed ceiling can fit in with just about any taste, from refined sophistication, to whimsical; from charming rustic to downright edgy.  Designed ceilings can also work in any room as these examples surely demonstrate.  So give yourself a reason to look up and make that ceiling stand out.  You’ll be glad you did.

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