Salon with Custom Plaster CeilingTraditional Living Room, Chicago
This ceiling was designed and detailed by dSPACE Studio. We created a custom plaster mold that was fabricated by a Chicago plaster company and installed and finished on-site.
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This elegant sitting room in a historic Chicago house is adorned with a sinuous, one-of-a-kind plaster relief. Architects dSpace Studio designed the ceiling, creating a custom plaster mold that was fabricated by a local company and finished on site.The sultry gray wall color (Solitude by Benjamin Moore) complements the snowy ceiling and marble mantel, as do the dark-stained, wide-plank white oak floors.
The ceiling moldings in this room leave an indelible impression. The heaviness of the trim reminds one of Gothic architecture, which subtracted shapes from a form to achieve its effect.When to use trim: When your rooms do not already have trim, or if the existing trim does not coordinate with the true architecture of your house.Find your home’s styleWho to hire: Lots of people are very handy with saws and woodworking, so you may be one of the lucky ones who can do this work yourself. There are scads of how-tos on the Internet, so finding help can be rather easy. This is also a great job for your favorite handyperson, and the labor is likely affordable. For jobs with lots of detail, paneling and casework, you’ll want to find a carpenter or contractor who has lots of experience with this type of work. Understanding classical architecture and properly executing the installation is an art form unto itself.Cost: This is a matter of linear footage. Synthetic trims or moldings can cost less than a dollar per linear foot. Or you might prefer milled hardwoods that can be stained, which can cost several hundred dollars for lengths of several feet. If you were to trim a small bedroom with crown molding and a more substantial baseboard, you could probably do the project for less than $500. Large rooms with custom casework will creep into the thousands of dollars, depending on the wood species and detail.