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Posts Tagged ‘ceiling’

All Trussed Up


Doing an attic remodel?



FYI – your home has bones.  Don’t forget to play it for all it’s worth!



Attics are great because they are a departure from the rest of the house.  Other rooms have walls and ceilings that are perpendicular, but not attics.



Attics have quirky angles, and that’s what makes them so utterly charming.  Each one is unique, it’s almost as though they have a mind of their own.



So think outside the box when it comes to renovating your attic . . .



You’ll be glad you did!



Lighting the Basement

Basements are a tricky space to light.  Typically, a basement is not limited for square footage, however, it is extremely lacking in windows, natural light, or ceiling  height.  The trick becomes to light the area adequately while making it appear naturally brighter and taller.  A careful combination of general lighting for practical purposes and accent lighting to make it seem more homey is necessary to successfully light a basement.

Photo: HGTV

  • Recessed lighting is ideal for creating a blank canvas of light.  Make sure every corner is lit to provide a backdrop of artificial light that mimics the natural light in your other living areas.
  • Mount upward lights towards the ceiling.  If you have built-ins or bookcases, this is the perfect place to incorporate upward lighting.  Soft, diffuse lighting is best for this purpose.  The more lighting towards the ceiling, the taller your room will seem.
  • Add task and accent lighting to make it seem more homey.  View this part of lighting the basement as similar to the entire room of an upstairs space. Steer clear of chandeliers and pendant lights because they will distract from the ceiling lighting that is meant to make the ceiling look higher.  Table lamps and floor lamps with low wattage bulbs provide the perfect touch of warm lighting.

Photo: HGTV



Creating Illusion with Drapery

Window draperies are excellent in correcting a myriad of decorating shortcomings.  You can make a room seem taller and open or intimate and cozy just by using different styles of window treatments and different fabrics.

  • The best way to add height to a room is by hanging the drapery at the ceiling rather than at the top of the window.  This creates a longer line and draws the eye upwards towards the ceiling.

Photo: Traditional Home

  • If you are dealing with small windows, don’t waste precious window real estate by covering it up with drapery.  Extend the drapery anywhere from a few inches to almost a foot beyond the window frame.  There will be an illusion of a wider window and you won’t lose an ounce of sunlight.

Photo: House Beautiful

  • To create a stylish, luxurious look, you will have to use up to three times the width of the window in fabric.  It can range anywhere from two to three times with two being appropriate for a more casual, non-pleated look and three being necessary for a more formal or pleated drapery.
  • For a cozier, more intimate look, use more fabric widths.  The fabric will draw the room and embrace it with pleats and folds.  This is a great look in a large room that needs to be drawn in, but can also work in a smaller room that you just want to look inviting.

Photo: House Beautiful

  • Don’t go too short.  The drapery should be floor length with just a bit of extra where it hits the ground.  Think of a too short drapery as a too short pant, it’s just not the finished look that you are going for.  This also adds to the height of the room as it creates a continuous line from floor to ceiling.

Photo: House Beautiful

You can create a glamorous, opulent look or a breezy, casual feel all while making your ceilings seem taller and your windows wider.

Painted Ceilings

While a coat of flat white paint is never a bad choice for the ceiling, there is so much more that can be done on that fifth wall space.  Choosing a color instead of the safe choice can make for a bold, exciting look.

Photo: House Beautiful

  • A light color is a good choice for a low ceiling as it can make the ceiling recede and appear higher.  If you are looking for a more cozy look, you’ll want to pick a dark color to make the room seem smaller and more intimate.
  • While flat paint is considered the standard for ceiling paint, you may want to consider using an eggshell when painting with a dark color.  The slight sheen will give it a more interesting look and reflects light beautifully.

Photo: Southern Accents

  • In a room with odd angles, a soaring ceiling, or anywhere you want to create a unity of space, painting the walls and ceiling the same color can be a great option. You may want to dilute the paint on the ceiling with a bit of white because it can appear darker.

Photo: Coastal Living

  • Light colors that contrast the color of the room are a whimsical yet traditional take on the painted ceiling.  Try a pale turquoise with lime green walls, a subtle green with light coffee colored walls, or a pink with white walls.
  • Blue is a classic choice for the ceiling color on porches, but try it inside.  It looks beautiful when paired with bright white walls and a beachy look.

Photo: My Home Ideas