The Ceiling is the Fifth Wall

The Ceiling is the Fifth Wall

I have a thousand things going through my head every time I walk into a space. I first look at the way everything is and then in my head visualize changes and adjustments that I would do to improve functionality, aesthetics, comfort and marketability (in the case of a commercial space). I see the possibilities and look past what is there. So next time you see me walk into a space and I zone out looking at the walls, touching wood finishes and inspecting table heights you’ll know what I’m doing.

Given that constant analysis I do, I find that most people forget to even think about the ceiling. In the 16th century designers always heavily considered the design of every wall including the ceiling. Think about it, how boring would the Sistine Chapel be without the designer requesting Michelangelo do the ceiling?

Next time you look at a naked ceiling ask yourself:

Could you add something to improve the architectural interest?

  • Board and batten or plaster work can add texture and depth.
  • You can create focal points by adding ceiling medallions and visually impactful lighting like chandeliers!

How can you bring more color onto the ceiling with paint?

  • If your space is monochrome you can paint your ceiling to match the color to create a cohesive look.
  • Dark ceilings create more intimate spaces (many restaurants do this).
  • A mid-tone color makes a great monochromatic statement when paired with accents of that color around the whole room.
  • Bedrooms are a great place to use a pale painted ceiling.
  • You can also create the illusion of a higher ceiling by doing a light ceiling and dark walls.

Is there a design that you could paint/wallpaper/upholster on to the ceiling?

  • Painting a design or using wallpaper on the ceiling adds a unique visual element to a room.

  • Incorporating a unique design or choosing a wallpaper that resonates with your taste allows you to infuse your personality into the living space.

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