When it comes to designating the unsung heroes of our home’s design, it’s hard to beat the ceiling. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your ceilings. Often the most overlooked feature in a space, many Estes Park interior designers recognize that our ceilings are typically ignored when reimagining a room. What many people don’t realize is that our ceilings, if given the chance, can serve as so much more than just a giant, expressionless white space. When strategically included as part of the overall interior design concept, your ceiling can:
- Brighten up a dark room
- Add a burst of unexpected color
- Make a smaller space look and feel larger
A properly constructed ceiling can even help absorb odors (yes, really) and reveal hidden issues in your home, such as leaking pipes and poor insulation, making them an invaluable component, both functionally and aesthetically.
What is the best part about ceilings? They don’t require a ton of maintenance. However, there are a few things that you can do that will not only keep your ceilings looking great but will also benefit the visual impact of your surrounding interior designs. Here are some essential tips to keep these interior spaces looking their best:
Schedule Routine Cleanings
Most people rarely (if ever) clean their ceilings. However, over time, these spaces can trap, well, everything, that becomes airborne in our home. Grease, odors, dust, dirt, smoke, pet dander, and other allergens can all get trapped into these surfaces and even potentially change the color. Routine, seasonal cleanings can help eliminate grime and toxins that can accumulate over an extended period of time.
Use Color to Make an Impact
When painting a room, many homeowners only consider the color of the walls, leaving the space overheard a plain, neutral shade. Fortunately, modern color trends mean that you have far more options than simple whites and creams. Many Estes Park interior designers suggest painting ceilings in an accent color. Use a rich tone on the ceiling that coordinates with the surrounding spaces to achieve visual cohesion, or try a bold shade overhead first to see if it’s something that you will like on your walls as well.
Consider Paint Sheen
Of course, color isn’t the only factor to consider when you’re painting your ceiling; you should also pay attention to the type of sheen you want to use as well. Many contractors opt for a matte or flat paint finish on the ceiling during a build to hide any blemishes and imperfections that occurred during construction. While you’ll probably want to stay away from a semi-gloss sheen, as it can create a glare, an eggshell finish adds just a hint of shine that instantly brightens up the entire space.
Incorporate Reclaimed Wood
Looking for a sustainable way to improve aesthetic impact in your interior design? Consider using reclaimed wood on the ceiling in your room. The major popularity surge of farmhouse décor has made reclaimed wood (shiplap, anyone?) a staple at virtually every home improvement store. Best of all, you can salvage authentic pieces or opt for wood paneling products to ensure you find a solution that works with both your vision and budget.
Add Tin Tiles
Tin tiles can breathe new life into a drab, boring ceiling. Metal ceiling tiles have been used in interior designs for generations, for countless reasons. These tiles come in a wide range of looks and style, making it easy to find an option that matches the surrounding design. Not a huge fan of silver? Not a problem. Most metal tile products can be painted virtually any color to add a vibrant burst of overhead color to your design.
Additionally, metal ceiling tiles are extremely durable, helping to protect the structure from many of the things that may cause damage to a plaster ceiling. Best of all, a metal tile ceiling can more easily withstand contact with water. Unlike plaster ceilings that stain and warp when wet, metal tiles retain their shape and can even prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Contact Niche Design House Today
Are you considering changing up your ceiling designs? We can help. At Niche Design House, we specialize in interior design solutions that reinvigorate and personalize your living spaces. Contact us today to hear more.