Posts Tagged ‘ceiling’

The Grand Ceiling

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating

Ceilings are often ignored or neglected when it comes to interior decorating.  If you have a gorgeous architectural elements like coffers or beams on your ceiling your eye will be drawn to these features. You can highlight a beamed, coffered or tray ceiling with paint or leave it a neutral color that works with the room’s palette.

A grand ceiling sets the tone for the rest of the room’s design. Rather than ignore the elephant in the room, embrace the strong architectural features of a coffered or tray ceiling to add interest to your room’s overall design. In a room with such a strong architectural element, furnishings and accessories should be in keeping with the style and formality of the architecture.

A room’s coffered ceiling can set a formal style that can be carried through the room with furnishings and flooring. Add an area rug that closely relates to the ceiling color, which will unify the entire room from floor to ceiling. Allow the eye to move from like color to like color, moving around the room from architectural element to architectural element. Floor to ceiling windows will help emphasize the height of a ceiling, as well.

Keeping furniture and accents simple in shape also lets the ceiling be the star of the space. Bright colors or patterns in the room will add interest to the room but won’t compete with the grand ceiling.

Flooring Defines Space

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Design and Decorating, Hardwood and Laminate, Tile

This space has an open feeling but clearly defined areas thanks to some really smart design decisions.

Changes in the level of the floor as well as different types of flooring provide a natural separation for the functional areas in this great room. The main living area has 24-inch stone flooring with an inviting shine that contrasts gently with the Oriental rug that defines the conversation area. This room is a step below the rest of the space, helping to create a feeling of landing in the middle of the home. Outside of the main living room, wood and tile combine to keep the flooring choices interesting.

The kitchen toward the center back of this photo requires three steps up to enter, separating it from the rest of the home. By reducing the lighting in that space, it’s possible to almost make that kitchen disappear, reducing worries about clearing up after a dinner party with the open style of this home.

The ceiling also shifts dramatically to help define each area in the space. Varying heights, a triangular sunroof and wood trim keep the ceiling both interesting and functional as a space separator.

Finally, the walls demonstrate their own design statements such as the wall-pillars in rich leather brown and the half-walls as room dividers. Altogether, the architectural features make this open space feel both cozy and inviting, while still showing a spirit of adventure that takes this home far beyond the average.