Statement Ceilings

Yesterday I was chatting with a painter who came out to give us a quote on repainting the exterior of our home. We were looking at the ceiling in our carport and he mentioned something that really hit home with me – Ceilings – they are one surface in a home that is often overlooked or only ever looked at when given a fresh coat of white paint. But why is this?

Historically ceilings have been made beautiful with ornate ceiling roses or gorgeous chunky beams have been exposed, but come recent times the trend has been to leave them simple and white. Coloured paint, patterns or wallpaper are rarely though of as finishes for ceilings but lately, I’ve been starting to see a change in the water and I’m really liking it. Take a look at some of the examples below and read for a a few tips of how to nail this look in your home (or office)…

Go bold and go gold – I love the boldness of this gold ceiling, but what I love even more is how the metallic finish reflects so much light into the room. Tying in with the gold detail on the sofa and frame on the wall, the gold here works perfectly and gives the room an opulent feel. 

Pattern perfect – There are two reasons why this ceiling works here, the pattern is large and the rest of the space has been kept relatively simple. If you’re going to go with a patterned ceiling these are important things to keep in mind as a space could quickly end up looking very busy and disorientated.  

Extend the eyes – On a wall this pattern would quite possibly drive me crazy, but on the ceiling it works and it not only works, but it also highlights the recessed detail of the ceiling in the most beautiful way. Again, by keeping the rest of the room simple the ceiling can stand out as a feature. 

Create an illusion – By bringing the paint down the wall a little way, it gives the illusion that the walls are blending into the ceiling, making the ceiling height feel higher than what it really is. A very clever trick of the eye! 

Some of these have seriously got me thinking and I hope they inspired you as much as they did me… What do you think? Would you be bold enough to do a statement ceiling? 

Interior Design Trends 2015 – Wallpaper

One could say that designing their home around “design trends” is absolutely ridiculous, but I beg to differ.

Why? Well because design trends for the home tend to last a few years, so choosing to design your home around certain trends can definitely get you some more bang for your buck – than say buying the latest coat that is so 2015 next year!

That being said, today’s trend that I wanted to look at is wallpaper, and it’s one that has been growing a few years (a good indicator that it will most likely be around for a while). When I first started to see wallpaper making a comeback, I have to admit, I cringed a little. Memories of peeling mustard & green striped paper on my childhood bedroom wall came back way. too. fast.

Thankfully we live a in a world where technology and design have developed immensely. Now days, a quick search on Pinterest will pull up hundreds of drool-worthy rooms featuring gorgeous wall paper for any and every room of the home.

From abstract art or small scale prints to incredible textures or full wall murals – anything is possible! But as the first choice is often the hardest – choosing what look you’d like to go for – below are a few options to help narrow the field.

Abstract art: Ultra modern prints and abstract art are a brilliant way to give a modern space some serious personality and wow factor without cluttering a space with lots of “things” 

Life imitating Art: Or rather art imitating life. Anything tropical, floral or depicting our gorgeous mother nature – be it a realistic photo or something a little more artistic – these wallpapers gives a room a fresh, vibrant and welcoming feel. 

Wall murals: Think large scale images that take up a whole wall with one image of a scene, city or map. Possibly my preferred choice of wallpaper as they create a sense that the room doesn’t stop where the wall does – making spaces seem larger than they really are.

Texture: I’m talking wood grain effects, brick walls (like this one below), fabrics or the ever coveted sea grass /grass cloth wallpapers. These styles completely change the look and feel of a room by visually changing the feel of the architecture of a space. Genius.

Wall Stickers: From inspirational quotes to polka dots or sweet animals for nurseries – wall stickers are great as they are easily removable and give you the ability to be the designer. Want something a little asymmetrical? Or would you prefer all your ducks in a row? With wall stickers the choice is yours to lay out the design however YOU like. 

So tell me, whats your favourite? Have you already got wallpaper at home? How did you decide what was going to adorn your walls and are happy with the results?