What is the fifth wall? It is your ceiling. So often we take care of floors, furnishing and windows but leave a project incomplete. Your ceiling is an integral part of the "emotional
envelope" that we are trying to create. . . it is the FEELING we want to evoke the minute you enter a space.
You have already seen 2 key elements of the redesign of this dining room: the walls ( http://www.hometalk.com/activity/114791) and the columns ( http://www.hometalk.com/activity/93928). Now here is a close look at the third element. . . the ceiling!
This home had beautiful carvings on the ceiling and an elaborate medallion. We needed to show them off. They were painted with many tones of bronze and gold that were inspired by tones in the light fixtures and window treatments. To tie it all together, these same colors were used on the capitals and bases of the columns.
Very few of us have ceilings with such elaborate details. But the addition of a color other than white and a simple ceiling medallion is a cost effective way to draw your eye up and complete a space.
There are many advantages to utilizing paint instead of wallpaper:
1) You choose the perfect color(s) for your project. There is no need to spend hours
looking through wallpaper books
2) You choose the exact design to fit the scale and style of your space. The options that are now available with paint are infinite.
3) Walls are rarely straight. Floors and ceilings are rarely level. Using paint allows you to disguise these imperfections by adjusting the patterns as you go. Designs can be placed so they are VISUALLY correct rather than MATHEMATICALLY correct.
4) Measuring for wallpaper can be tricky. This is especially true if the walls are curved, angled or have a lot of fixtures to consider. Mistakes are costly. Any unopened packages can be returned but are usually subject to a restocking fee. If you are short, you run the risk of the additional rolls not being a perfect match.
5) Since wallpaper comes in double rolls, you must make sure to order plenty. I hate to see the excess paper go to waste. I would rather see a leftover quart of paint. Chances are, it can be used for another project in that space.
6) Paint can be repaired easily with a paint brush.
7) If you have ever stripped wallpaper you understand the cost and mess that is involved with removing. A painted wall requires only primer and paint when you are ready for a change.
If you are looking to add spice to a room, you may want to explore the options that are now available with paint.
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This client almost didn't purchase the home because of the appearance of the bookcases and mantel. Her real estate agent explained that it could be changed. . . the photos will show
the difference that was made with the use of decorative painting. Moral of the story: If you are going to make an "improvement" to your home, make sure it is done well and will be a value added enhancement.
Be sure to let us know what you think of this transformation. Thanks.
. . and clear up any confusion. I LOVE wood. It has a natural richness that says "quality". As a result, I am often asked to PAINT architectural details to make them LOOK like wood.
These surfaces can be made out of ANY substance. . . drywall, MDF, trim moldings, plywood, previously painted cabinets, etc. I can match ANY wood species in ANY color.
These photos are almost like a game of "Where's Waldo". Try to guess what is the REAL wood and what is the PAINT. The answers are on the captions. If you don't believe me, I will gladly send you the before photos. Have fun.
When you are not able to achieve the desired overall feeling in a space, take a closer look at each individual element. You will see what isn't working. If it is a piece of furniture,
the answers are . . . replace, re-cover, re-purpose or re-finish them. In this case, the wall of stark white architectural elements dominated the room. While the options for a piece of furniture are clear, we shouldn't forget that there are SIMILAR options for cabinetry and architectural details. The easiest solutions involve faux finishes. Architectural details like bookcases and mantels are usually the largest item in a room. Most designers will address the impact that they make in a space that will complete the total look you want to achieve.