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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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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, […]

09/10

#tbt: Toile Edition

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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 […]

09/4

#tbt: Chintz Edition

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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, […]

08/11

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: […]

07/9

Summer Style: Just Add Water

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We always get a little excited when beach towels show up in the local shops. It’s a sure sign that summer at the Jersey shore is upon us. With over 130 miles of coastline, beach towels come in very handy around here. Today we have a collection of some of our favorites, from the very […]

02/24

A Big Thank You!

photo courtesy of barca<3