Look Up!

In well-designed spaces, looking up sometimes brings a surprise, especially when the ceiling gets the attention it deserves. Treating it like a "fifth wall" in the room can yield high impact.

Versailles

Versailles

When you travel in Europe and Asia, stately homes and palaces always have stunning ceilings that are carved, painted, and inlaid. It was a sign of wealth and status. But today, a little paint can give you a stunning ceiling, too!

At Bar Central in Stockholm, above, bold green and white make a zig-zag pattern that keep diners staring up.

Design by Marks & Frantz

Design by Marks & Frantz

I also love wallpaper on a ceiling – it makes a bold statement in this bedroom.

Design by Bill Ingram

Design by Bill Ingram

For a super-glam look, tented fabric can be pleated and draped across the ceiling, creating a cozy feeling.

Design by Richard Mishaan

Design by Richard Mishaan

And a lacquered color helps bounce light throughout the space, like in the art-filled home above.

For more examples of statement-making ceilings, visit my pinboard!

Warmly,

Beth