Designers consider the ceiling the fifth wall. Many nondesigners, however, fail to consider the ceiling at all when decorating. But by neglecting your ceiling, or simply repainting it white every few years, you’re missing out on a chance to further individualize a space.
What’s more, enhancing a ceiling with a fanciful flush mount in lieu of a low-hanging chandelier or a pendant can make the walls seem taller, as can opting for glossy or metallic paint. Likewise, covering a ceiling with patterned wallpaper or a dark color can make a lofty space feel cozier. And introducing moldings or beams can make up for a lack of architectural elements in the rest of the room.
As far as we’re concerned, neglecting a room’s ceiling is like getting dressed up in a fabulous new gown or suit for a black-tie affair, accessorizing with gleaming jewelry, polishing your shoes till you can see yourself in them, and then forgetting to comb your hair. The rooms below will inspire you to take your style to the very top.