Inspiring Interiors

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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08/11

Get the Look: Layered Living Room

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Image source: Elle Decor

We love the layering of pattern and texture in this living room. The mix is unexpected and sophisticated, but comfortable. Here are some pieces we selected that will help you get this look…

the basics: wallcovering: Thibaut, drapery ikat: Duralee, sofa: Ballard, cocktail table: Bungalow 5, rug: […]

08/4

Gray Area

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There are so many variations of this classic color, ranging from warm to cool; grays are a favorite neutral of designers and can easily fill in for a traditional neutral like white or beige.

What is the perfect shade of gray paint? We hear this question often, and the answer is ‘that depends.’ It depends […]

07/16

Get The Look: Navy Dining Room

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Today we’ve got a new feature on the blog; Get The Look. We find inspiration in many places, particularly when we see beautifully designed interiors. We thought it would be fun to re-make a room and offer a few tips and tricks along the way, along with a few of our own twists.

First up we […]

01/15

Above & Beyond; Wallpapered Ceilings

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Often a design afterthought, painted a neutral color or the standard white, the ceiling is an often overlooked design opportunity. Adding wallpaper to a ceiling is just one of the many ways to bring life to this typically overlooked area. Bold and graphic to subtle and textured; the variety of papers available today can provide […]

01/17

BLACK is BACK

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Maybe it’s because we’re in the dead of winter but I can’t help obsessing over cozy black interiors. Enjoy these rooms from Pinterest….

Loving this lucite desk ~ Image from The Decorista

Top 10 Best Black Paint Colors…in no particular order
Benjamin Moore ‘Black’
Benjamin Moore ‘Deep Space’
Benjamin Moore […]

12/7

Winter Wonderland Party

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Happy December! It is officially the holiday season and with that comes snow, sweaters, and soirees. This particular party setup caught my eye in a post from Turquoise Dreams. I have never seen a cuter table set-up. I would love to be invited to this get together! The event was put together by […]

11/2

Turquoise Dreams

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Who says turquoise is only for girls? The bright pop of color can be an excellent addition to a boy’s room as well. This young boy’s bedroom designed by Liz Carroll keeps a very neutral white palette with accents of turquoise and orange thrown in to brighten the space. Any boy would be happy […]