Hello friends! The fantastic Erin from Two Story Cottage is back today with another great post. This is something I’ve really wanted her to talk about because I think she’s absolutely amazing at it. So without further ado…
Back in the days before stalking home bloggers, I was doing what every young, newly married homeowner did for inspiration. Watching repeat episodes of Trading Spaces. I dreamed of Laurie or Vern revamping a space in my home. Of course, there were some other designers that might glue Coke can tabs to my wall; is there such thing as over-creativity? Well, the show certainly knew how to make a splash. Hidden in the hideous, were many little decor gems.
One in particular? The fabulous Vern Yip saying, “Your ceiling is the fifth wall.” Huh. That stuck with me like a wad of gum on the bottom of my shoe. In those days, it was probably a well-worn Birkenstock.
My first ceiling treatment was simple. In our last home, the dining room ceiling went from builder white to a pale coastal blue. Cupid stabbed me with a paintbrush that day because the light, airy effect gave me giddy teenage heart palpatations. That house didn’t have particularly strong mouldings or character so the result was charm that I thought only came in 1940-something bungalows.
Moving happened and our new house has fancy woodwork in spades. Lovely custom details. Could a ceiling still make an impact?
You tell me.
The kitchen ceiling is probably my favorite. Everyone thinks it is paint but honestly in person it has a watercolor feel that you couldn’t get with plain ol’ Latex. Of course, paint is a lot easier to get rid of. Don’t worry – we primed before papering.
Lacey’s room has a cottage stripe wallpaper that reminds me of beadboard. The sage green subtlety gives the room the sweet feel that I desperately want to maintain until she is a tween. Then if she wants to go pink and black with peace signs and hearts puking sparkles we can negotiate.
Reid’s ceiling is simple. Bright blue paint that I second guess on a regular basis. It fits him though and it all flows. He loves his “bwue” ceiling and points it out to any and all visitors so we’ll mark it as a win.
The dining room ceiling causes me to pause every time. I have not had a single regret since the moment it went up.
So, the verdict on ceiling treatments? Your house could be a circa 2000-something ditto of every other on the block and it amps up the character or lack there- of. It could be a custom, feature-filled deal like my own and the fifth wall still makes an impact.
One word of caution – don’t do them all. Because over-decorating is for TV. And if you are on a white walls kick like most of blog world, you can amp up the feel with a punch of color on the ceiling like the above photo. 1-2-3- SWOON!
So, tell me have you done anything to your ceilings? Go, now, rock that fifth wall.