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How To Create A Statement Ceiling

By Jaymi Naciri via Realty Times

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Are things looking up in your home? How about people? If there's nothing to draw their eye up, you may be missing out on a great decorating opportunity. Today, the ceiling is being called the "fifth wall," and it's a great place to add color, texture, and interest to a space that is often ignored.

Beams

Who doesn't love a rustic beam (or 10!)? It's the classic way to make a room feel intimate, give it architectural interest, or even hide some structural stuff if you're opening up walls and need reinforcement.

Living in a more modern space? Maybe you want to go a little sleek instead of rustic. Keep in mind that beams today don't have to be pricy. Finding reclaimed beams - inexpensive reclaimed beams, for that matter - you can reuse is the dream of many. But when that's not a reality, or when the size and weight of the beams is a concern, "faux" beams may be the answer. Faux beams look like the real thing but are hollow, allowing them to be much easier to install and, often, more affordable.

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Paint it

The right hue up above can take a good space and make it amazing. This dreamy sea blue makes walking down the hall a pleasure, but with so much allure in what could just be a "pass-through," you might actually want to have a seat and stay awhile.

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Moldings

In a large space without a lot of architectural detail, moldings on the ceiling can create just the right amount of interest.

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Medallions

You don't need a Parisian pied-à-terre to create historic-feeling character in your home. A medallion and some intricate moldings on the ceiling can transform a room. You can find vintage medallions at architectural salvage stores, and a variety of newer versions at Lowe's.

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Or, use a stencil and some metallic paint to create a one-of-a-kind ceiling, like this one from Apartment Therapy.

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Wallpaper

Wallpaper on the ceiling? It's the perfect accent for this sweet New York nursery.

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Art

You may not be up to recreating the Sistine Chapel a la Michelangelo, but you may be able to reference another masterpiece. This ceiling in a London townhouse looks like a Mondrian come to life.

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Paint it dark

"To make this dining room comfortable and intimate, the designer painted the ceiling black and added a very low paper lantern," said Build Direct. "Large, open spaces can also benefit from a dark ceiling if you want to make it look a little more defined."

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Keeping the ceiling white in this chic kitchen could go a little country (paging Joanna Gaines with that shiplap look!), but painting it black creates contrast and drama, while showcasing the high-end features.

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Go graphic

Graphic patterns have invaded pretty much every other surface, and now it's time to look up to them. This office/homework space benefits from the patterned ceiling, which adds even more interest and vibrancy to a space that could be dull or clinical. Who says the "work" space has to be boring?!

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Stop just short of mirrors

This glossy finish is a much more sophisticated way of creating a reflective surface on the ceiling that gives the room a touch of class and loads of interest while keeping everything sleek and inviting.

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