Ceiling Design

Written by Serena Berger
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Think of Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. There was a time when everyone expected that ceiling design would be an essential part of any beautiful or special room. The ceiling represented our hopes, our loftiest thoughts, or our ideals. It would be painted or decorated so that when our eyes were raised toward heaven, we would have beauty to contemplate.

Don't Overlook Ceiling Design

Nowadays, the ceiling is one of the most ignored areas of interior design. Of course, many people don't have the budget to allocate to extensive design of something that no one expects to see decorated when there are obvious wall spaces and furniture pieces to consider. But if you want to take your interior design to the highest level, you must consider ceiling design.

There are a number of wonderful options for ceiling design. Hanging light fixtures are one of the most commonly selected methods of enhancing the ceiling and the whole room. A chandelier will define any room in which it is hung, and you may want to complement your chandelier with a ceiling medallion. Instead of exposing a hole in the ceiling or chains and wiring, have the chandelier come out of a ceiling medallion with enough depth to disguise the electrical components.

Sometimes you may want to make a high ceiling appear lower, while other times the opposite will be your objective. Anything hanging from the ceiling (i.e. a chandelier) or anything in a dark color will make the ceiling seem lower. Light colored crown molding with internal indirect lighting will make the ceiling seem higher. A ceiling dome can also be installed to give the illusion of more height.

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