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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 7/20/2020

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When putting together a room’s design, there’s one area that often gets overlooked above all others, and that’s the ceiling. There are a variety of interesting things that you can do with a ceiling to bring life and add interest to a room. Some ideas will add a sense of height or give the space an elegant look while other things will even help enhance the room’s lighting—without the addition of new light fixtures.

If you’re looking for design ideas, don’t skimp on the ceilings. Instead, try one of the following!

1. Gloss Finishes are Fashionable & Brightening

People don’t normally think of high gloss finishes when they think of ceilings, but this is a trend that is taking off for two good reasons. Gloss, whether it’s glossy paint or a gloss wood finish, draws attention upward while also reflecting a lot of light. Lamplight or sunlight streaming in from windows—either way, the reflection helps make the room look much more spacious.

2. Wallpaper isn’t Just for Walls

Looking for an unusual way to make a statement? More and more, interior designers are turning to wallpaper as a creative way to change up the look of a ceiling. This is another technique that draws a lot of attention upward, and it has the added advantage of making a bold statement.

3. Choose Bright Colors for Low Ceilings

Low ceilings can make a room feel cramped even if it isn’t—and this is an effect that can be heightened if the room has a dark color scheme on the walls and ceiling both. Brighten things up and give the ceiling a little lift by choosing light shades to contrast dark walls. This also helps brighten the room, which is another way to make it feel a little more expansive.

4. Try the Beamed or Coffered Look

This idea will help you add loads of style to interior spaces. Beamed ceilings and coffered ceilings both, whether the style is rustic or elegant, lend a seriously high-end feeling to a room.

There’s lots of ways to get this look, too. Coffered ceilings can be created with lumber or even with moldings repurposed to lay out the ceiling’s pattern. You can just do simple, clean lines, or you choose lumber with intricate edge profiles for a more classical look. And then there’s the layout itself. Coffered ceilings are typically done in square patterns, but there’s nothing stopping you from making hexagons or using squares and rectangles in differing sizes.

Beamed ceilings work similarly in that you’ll use lumber to give the ceiling depth and texture. Here, however, the designs are usually simpler, as if structural beams have been left exposed. Because of that, this style often works well with rustic themes.

Even though ceilings are sometimes left out of the design process, there really are many ways to turn them into a thing of beauty. Your ceilings don’t have to be flat or understated. Use one of these ideas or come up with your own to draw attention to this key piece of the room.





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 6/2/2019

To impress guests, your décor needs to be outside the box in a tasteful way. If you’re tired of getting the same polite applause and want to drop your visitors’ jaws (metaphorically), conventional patterns and colors won’t do. Read on if you’re a little short on ideas and need something to reawaken the creative you. 

Hang eye-catching pendant lights

Interior design aficionados often say that a home’s look and feel can be made or broken by choice of lighting. Pendant lamps exude an air of light fixture sophistication besides being a great talking point. Pick fixtures with a quirky design that grab visual focus and give your flat a rustic charm. 

Consider an open plan interior design

For foyers, strong impacts are created by open plan designs, as suggested by multiple leading interior designers. This gives the home an appearance of being spacious and airy, especially to smaller spaces.

Add some shine

You can add shine through the use of decorative pieces created using stainless steel or brass, bronze furniture or crystalline accessories. Metallic glows, and glassy glints sprinkle pizzazz to any room; your guests are guaranteed to be floored.

Decorate using large plants

Plants are good for the environment but even better for your décor. Whether inside or outside, they have a soothing, relaxing effect on both the eye and the soul. Dotted with large potted plants in strategic places, your home will become a green haven that guests will never want to leave. This is a clever design concept that will do little damage to your wallet.

Art displays as conversation pieces

A home’s color palette can be significantly enhanced using art installations. They run the range in prices, so choose what fits your budget best. Aim for pieces that speak to your heart, pieces that will keep your home on every visitor’s lips, even those without a cultured eye. 

Pick inspirational colors

Speaking of art, did you know that color schemes can make or break a room’s feel and look? Aesthetically appealing color patterns improve the mood in any setting and add verve to your home. If you wish to relax the minds of the home’s inhabitants and guests, go for neutral colors like soft brown and ash gray. If you would rather stun them, paint your walls solid green and contrast them with retro orange furniture. 

Keep an eye out for the themes, colors, and types of accessories used next time you watch your favorite TV series.




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 2/26/2017

When you feel that your living room could use a bit of updating, but you don’t want to break the bank, there’s steps you can take to make your living room look like new without completely renovating the room. Here, we’ll give you some ideas of how you can make big changes to the living room for a small price. Change Up Your Coffee Table Sometimes, simply getting a brand new coffee table is the way to make your room feel new again. Since the coffee table sits in the center of the room, a brand new table will help you to look at your living room with new eyes. Rearrange Artwork and Add New Pieces Keeping all of your artwork on the same spots on the wall actually may make you notice the pieces less. Your eyes become used to seeing the same color patterns day after day. This is when you fail to appreciate the artwork that you have. Simply moving the artwork around in your home can actually give the feeling that you have added a new piece. You can also consider adding one or two new pieces of artwork to help bring your living room back to life. Replace The Rug If the rug in your living room is time-tested and worn, you may want to consider replacing it. Adding a new color to the room by way of a rug can help it to appear brand new. Think about finding a rug that is a completely different style and color than the one that currently graces your living room floor. Throw Some New Pillows Around Throw pillows are seriously one of the easiest and perhaps one of the most impactful changes that you can make in your living room. From sofas to large comfy chairs, adding a couple of throw pillows can help brighten and bring character to your living room. Brighten Up Your Lighting Adding some new lighting or even just switching some lamps around can freshen up your living room. If you have too much or too little lighting, fix the problem by adding or subtracting lamps as needed. Maybe installing some overhead lights in a part of the room would be helpful for a reading corner or other activity area. Mix Up Your Furniture Simply Rearranging your furniture can give a room a whole different look. Move the sofa from one corner of the room to another. Shift tables around. Move chairs from one area of the room to another. All of these small adjustments can add flair to your living room without costing you a thing. Change Up Window Treatments If your living room is lacking window treatments, adding them can have a dramatic effect on the room. Change the color or style of your window treatments as an added bonus to give your living room a new look. As you can see, there’s many cost effective ways to renovate your living room without ever touching a paintbrush or knocking down a wall. These easy solutions will have you on your way to interior design expert status.







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