• Tue. Apr 20th, 2021

Debbie Travis’ House to Home: Attention grabbing ceilings

     Dear Debbie: I am thinking about adding some decoration to the bedroom ceiling. Unlike any other room, it does get looked at a lot. What are some ideas? — Frances

         Dear Frances: We don’t think much about decorating the ceilings in our rooms, just a good coat of ceiling paint in white and it’s done. But thought of as the fifth wall, ceiling decoration does add a new layer of interest that can be stunning. Also, ceilings are more visible than you think. Even though all but the lowest are above eye view, they contribute to the whole picture. Here are some imaginative treatments that I think you will love.

Wood panels can run across a vaulted or flat ceiling to reinforce a rustic style that connects to the outdoors.

         Think about textures other than paint. In a breezy summer bedroom, grasscloth has been applied to the walls and then was cut into squares for the ceiling. By rotating the ceiling squares, you create variations in color to make a pleasing, neutral pattern. White trim moldings add even more dimension, breaking up the high walls and defining the ceiling.

Paint bands give the impression that you are sleeping under the "big top," made more prominent with your choice of alternating color bands.

         Rather than paint or paper, why not swag a wide fabric strip high over the bed? Choose fabric that is rich in color and pattern for a boho look, or a silky swath of cloth in a calm pastel that will create a cocoonlike atmosphere.

         Vaulted ceilings show off their character with wood beams or panels. The rustic style of natural wood paneling connects to the rural outdoor setting with warm, rustic appeal. To create different styles, you can go lux with gilded wallpaper. Check out the many designs and textures now available in wallcoverings. Flat or raised paper surfaces imitate many looks, including wood, water, pebbles and geometric patterns.