color

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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09/17

Get the Look: Blue and Coral Bedroom

gtl collage

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

ikat

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 […]

09/8

Get The Look: Nursery Edition

Nursery Collage

We’ve noticed that nursery design is trending towards a clean, simple aesthetic. Themed and juvenile rooms are being replaced with rooms that have thoughtful, sophisticated design elements. We see this trend clearly represented in this pared-down nursery space, designed by  Jessica Packard.

This room features a few of the trends we mentioned in our previous […]

09/4

#tbt: Chintz Edition

pyne hollyhock

In the tradition of #tbt (a.k.a Throwback Thursday) we’d like to feature an interior design trend that is making a comeback. Today our focus is on chintz.  It seems like all of our favorite lines are starting to carry chintzes again and we could not be happier. Rooted in tradition, floral chintzes, whether hollyhocks, rhododendrons, […]

08/18

Bar Cart Love

mansion in may cart

A few years ago I was researching bar carts for a client and had difficulty locating even a  few for her to choose from. Now, with mid-century modern style on the rise, it seems every furniture line has a bar cart or several to offer. It’s no surprise this versatile piece is showing up all […]