We often think of the four walls and maybe the trim when we first consider painting a room. Today we will take a look at how some designers bring color into a space via the ceiling. Painting a ceiling is a great way to draw eyes up and around a space or to lower a too-tall ceiling. Strong or subtle, painted ceilings can really complete a room.

Go Bold

There are several ways to make a bold statement on the ceiling: subtle walls with all of the bright color concentrated above, painted on stripes or pattern, a bold wall color carried onto the ceiling…

Painted Ceilings_Bold by porterdesigncompany.com

(image sources, clockwise from top left: tangerine ceiling, striped ceiling, purple ceiling, turquoise ceiling)

Keep it Subtle

Lighter colors on walls and ceilings still deliver an extra layer of interest without making a huge statement. We love the technique of wrapping the ceiling color down the walls slightly with the addition of some molding. This trick adds instant architecture to an otherwise plain space.

Painted Ceilings _ Subtle 1 by porterdesigncompany.com

(image sources, clockwise from top left:  gray ceiling, aqua ceiling, laundry room, kitchen)

The subtle blue on this kitchen ceiling, which is pulled from the wall color in the adjacent room,  is a perfect balance for the printed wallcovering:

painted ceiling via www.porterdesigncompany.com

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Metallic paints or glossy, lacquered finishes on ceilings add a pretty, reflective surface…

Painted Ceilings _Subtle 2 by porterdesigncompany.com

(image sources, clockwise from top left:  porch, light blue ceiling, metallic dining room, vintage bath)

This lacquered ceiling appeals to us on so many levels – we love how it reflects light into the space like a mirror:

lacquered ceiling via porterdesigncompany.com

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10/9

Seeing Double

Country Living via www.porterdesigncompany.com

They aren’t just for kids anymore. We are seeing more and more bedrooms outfitted with twin beds. They offer a versatile solution when space is limited and the design nerd in us loves the repetition and symmetry of decorating in twos! Here’s a little design inspiration that will help you see the potential of the twin:

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09/25

#tbt: Grasscloth Edition

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Grasscloth is a classic; a designer staple that is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. We love the variety of colors and textures available and it is a great tool for adding a layer of interest to a space, whether on the walls, ceiling or lacquered onto a piece of furniture. The term “grasscloth” is […]

09/24

What We’re Loving: Schumacher’s 125th Anniversary Collection

Schumacher Iconic Leopard via porterdesigncompany.com

In celebration of it’s 125th anniversary, Schumacher has just released a line of fabrics in patterns collected from it’s archives. Founded in 1889, Schumacher has a wealth of amazing pattern and color to pull from. We personally think they picked some winners here. Here are a few of our faves….

We love using animal prints, […]

09/17

Get the Look: Blue and Coral Bedroom

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Today we are finding inspiration in this serene bedroom designed by Lee Ann Thornton. We are drawn to the mix of pale blue and coral and the eclectic mix of furniture; all contributing to the coastal vibe that we love.

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What we first noticed about this space […]

09/16

That blue!

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Researching content for the blog we can’t help but notice certain trends. This time it’ s a color. That blue that is not navy, not quite royal, kind of like cadet, but more cerulean; it’s our favorite blue at the moment and we keep bumping into it out there on the internet.

This space […]

09/12

Fashion Friday: Fashion Trends Influencing Interior Design

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At an art gallery opening last night I saw a woman in a beautiful, summery ikat printed dress and couldn’t help but think of the ikats we use for projects here at the studio. There is no question, fashion and interior design trends influence each other.  Here are some recent places where we’ve noticed the […]

09/10

#tbt: Toile Edition

manuel canovas

It’s #tbt (aka Throwback Thursday’) and today we are focused on another interior design-related throwback that is making a comeback.

toile: noun, \ˈtwäl\: an 18th century French scenic pattern usually printed on cotton, linen, or silk in one color on a light ground

Toile experienced huge popularity in the 90′s and today we’ve got some fresh takes […]

09/9

What We’re Loving: Lacquered Walls

green wall

There is no question, lacquered walls are luxurious.  The process is labor-intensive and not inexpensive. Hours of labor go into wall prep, as the glossy paint finish will emphasize every bump and imperfection on the surface. When done correctly, however, the result is breathtaking.

Lacquered walls are a reflective and dramatic backdrop to the objects in a space, […]