The Fifth Dimension: Drawing the eye up – way up – with creative ceiling treatments

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The Fifth Dimension: Drawing the eye up – way up – with creative ceiling treatments

Designers have long known that every room needs something to draw the eye up or a space will forever feel flat; it will lack dimension. Walk into a room that doesn’t have tall pieces for furniture, such as a shelving unit or armoire, and lackluster art – or no art – on the walls and it’s nearly impossible to notice anything but the sofa and chairs, and flooring or carpet. 

There are numerous simple DIY fixes for adding visual height in a room.  A story on Brit & Co has several great suggestions such as creating a gallery wall with multiple pieces of art or photos, hanging floor-to-ceiling drapes and even simply leaning an oversized mirror on a wall.

Architectural elements such as crown moulding or a coffered ceiling can also work wonders. Even minimal crown moulding grabs one’s attention as does the most basic coffered ceiling. Add additional trim work to coffered ceiling and you’ve got a showstopper. The same is true of incorporating unexpected colors or adding texture to a ceiling with things such as beadboard or shiplap.

Add a little something to the ceiling and your room will feel balanced; finished yet not overdone. Feeling the need for a little ceiling inspiration? Check out these photos.

Marvin Windows and Doors

Adding a thin piece of trim work, stained with an ebony hue, closest to the ceiling within each section of this coffered ceiling adds contrast as well as a sense of balance with wood flooring and black wall sconces.

Photo courtesy of Catalano Architects.

A saturated blue shade on the ceiling of this white-on-white kitchen beautifully highlights the extensive millwork throughout the space. It’s a unique choice that works perfectly!

shiplap ceiling

Exposed beams and shiplap paneling on the soaring cathedral ceiling in this living room give the space a grand-yet-warm feeling. Reversing the direction of the woodwork on the waterfront side of the room draws the eye to the incredible view.

With the same shiplap paneling on the walls and ceiling, an intricate network of exposed beams and windows placed in the highest peak, this living room offers a perfect blend of beach house casual and Old World elegance.