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13 Ceiling Treatments To Look Up To
We give so much attention to our floors — picking wood species, stain color, and tile patterns — but what about the ceiling? We should consider what the poet G. K. Chesterton said: “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience...
Raising the Bar for Vaulted Ceilings
Living spaces that occupy the top floor of a home or building can present an interesting design challenge in the form of steeply vaulted ceilings. The result is often lower clearance over at least some of the square footage and reduced vertical wall space....
Ceilings Worth Another Look
Most of us have drywall ceilings that we painted white and forgot about. The thinking is that the white will make the room feel bigger, and once it's painted, the ceiling is supposed to disappear. I think our ceilings have loads of untapped potential...
How to Salvage a Space with Slanted Ceilings
Okay, so your attic ceilings drop dangerously low, leaving the smallest square of livable space where you can actually stand without getting a crick in your neck. All is not lost. With a little finesse, you can fit a workable room out of that unwieldy...
Ceiling Fans: Some Spinning Sensations
I should start off mentioning that ceiling fans, for the most part, are objects I immediately take down when designing clients' homes. But lately I've come across some spinning sensations that have rendered me interested in installing them, purposely,...
Design Details: Cuckoo for Coffered Ceilings
So often in design it's the details that take a space from so-so to spectacular. A small architectural element like crown molding or an arched doorway may be all it takes to set a room apart from the pack. So while it's easy to overlook the ceiling...
Trend Alert: Planked Wood Ceilings
What is a ceiling? Is it simply a roof over our heads, so to speak? The answer to that question by designers is increasingly "no!" A ceiling really can be a fifth wall. And that opens up endless possibilities for interesting treatments. One of the...
Oh, What a Feeling...To Have a Painted Ceiling
I've been chatting with some ceilings, and they told me that they are sick and tired of being ignored and left pale white. Whether painted one color, covered in wallpaper, or decorated with a mural, the ceiling is a great and often ignored design opportunity....
Great Design for Rooms With Sloped Ceilings
Almost every house has one: that quirky room with the slanted ceiling. Just like eccentric Aunt Hazel, rooms with slanted ceilings can be charming. They also can leave you scratching your head as you try to come up with a design that makes the most of...
Look Up: Great Ceiling Ideas
Every once in a while, I take a stroll through the photos of ceilings here on Houzz, just to see what's out there. Well, I guess it had been a while because there are a ton of rooms with really cool, innovative ceilings. In most houses the ceilings...
Box Beam Ceilings
The one architectural detail that completely charms me every time I see it, besides large windows showcasing great views, are box beam ceilings. To me they just announce quality, stating this builder took the time and expense to add beautiful detailing....
Fan of the Ceiling
The first time I visited New York City, I (like many people, I’m sure) couldn’t keep my eyes in front of me. I looked straight up the whole time. NYC is so much taller than the cities I was used to (Washington, DC and Baltimore) and the view from...
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