Many times when we redecorate our home, we paint the walls, change the furniture, redo the drapes, and so on. But we often neglect one area of the room – the ceiling.
Changing the ceiling – either the color, pattern, type, or the layout, can have a dramatic effect on your room, even when you make no other changes to it.
4 Ways to Change Your Ceiling:
Why should we stick with the classic white ceiling? Applying a contrasting color to the ceiling can alter your perception of the whole room.
Be sure to think about the room's lighting. Both natural and artificial lighting will have an effect on how the color reflects off the ceiling and influence the mood of the room.
Whatever color you choose just remember that lighter hues add height to rooms with low ceilings and darker hues works better in rooms with high ceilings.
Why stay with the outdated “popcorn” ceiling? Having a flat ceiling, combined with a glossy paint, can really brighten a room. Here's a good “how-to” on removing those popcorn ceilings.
Changing the ceiling material is another way of changing the feel of the room. Cover your ceiling with wood paneling, metal grids, with colorful wallpaper, or a fabric ceiling.
A wood plank ceiling can add warmth to a small den while a fabric draped ceiling – gathered in the middle above a light – can add whimsy to a bedroom design.
Why have a plain ceiling? Changing the style of the ceiling adds personality to any room.
One innovative idea to changing your ceiling style is adding decorative ceiling tiles to it. These are available in a variety of patterns and colors that you can match to your décor.
Another concept is adding molding to the ceiling. Either along the wall's edges, a few feet out from the walls to frame the room, or as a lattice pattern across the whole ceiling.
Why not change everything about the ceiling? If you're handy, or have a budget for it, think about changing the whole ceiling layout.
Changes such as switching out plain lights for recessed lights, installing a drop ceiling, vaulting the ceiling, or installing skylights can also improve your home's value.
Lowering or raising the ceiling affects the feeling of the size of the room. Lowering the ceiling makes a room feel smaller and cozier while raising the ceiling makes you feel that the room's bigger and fresher.
Whether you decide to renovate the whole room or just part of one, don't forget about the ceiling.