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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 […]

09/17

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 […]

09/8

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 […]

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

Cool Neutrals SW

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 […]

07/18

Radiant Orchid Inspired

radiant orchid collage

Photos, clockwise from left: dress, Anthropologie earrings, Tom Ford nail lacquer, Kate Spade necklace, Tory Burch clutch, Jimmy Choo flats, Michael Kors watch

We always look to the seasonal color report from Pantone for inspiration, both in fashion and interior design, and this Spring’s palette has not let […]

07/7

Designer Collaborations We Love

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There is nothing like the little thrill we get when we learn our favorite companies are partnering with equally loved designers. Today we share a few notable faves….

Target Designer Collaborations

It’s so hard to choose a favorite because we have loved all of them! Porter Design Company faves include: Missoni, Liberty of London, John Derian and Phillip Lim. We wait […]