When it comes to designing a space most people search for the perfect piece of furniture, painting, or other decoration to turn an otherwise plain room into something spectacular, but did you ever consider using the elements that already exist to create that drama you are seeking? Architectural elements like the ceiling, trim, and even doors are often overlooked when it comes to creating a living space, but when designed correctly can make quite a powerful impact.
Who says the ceiling needs to be painted a boring white? Think of it as another accent wall in the room. Are you loving the rustic vibe popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines that’s trending everywhere nowadays? Instead of putting shiplap on the walls, put it on the ceiling. If you’re going for more of a quaint cabin feel, install natural wood on the ceiling or add exposed wooden beams.
Ornate coffered ceilings are beautiful and add depth and class to any traditional space. If the room is small and a coffered ceiling is a bit heavy for the space, just use crown molding to dress it up. Putting track lighting behind the molding can add another layer of sophistication and can create a soft ambiance to any room.
If you are looking to make a bold statement, consider wallpaper or tile. Or if you are wanting something a little less permanent, throw a fun colored paint on the ceiling. Dark shades like black, charcoal and navy add drama to the space. And the great thing about paint is that if you get tired of it, it’s easy to replace.
Even though trim has a functional purpose, it doesn’t mean you can’t use it for aesthetic reasons too. Executed in the right way, trim can be used to accentuate the architecture of any space. Wood stain and white paint are not your only options when it comes to trim colors – similar to ceilings, you can paint it any color you want. Gray and black seem to be the most popular color choices right now. Though a little unconventional, it can add a nice contrast to the room.
And when it comes to the size and detail of the trim, homeowners are going away from the standard 2-¼” colonial trim and opting for something a little more streamlined. Squared profiles are increasing in popularity thanks to the growing love for transitional and contemporary design. Wide trim compliments large spaces and tall ceilings while thin trim can offer a very modern look.
And don’t forget about the doors too! There’s more to consider than the average 6-panel door. Slab doors, either painted or wrapped in a textured laminate, enhance the contemporary design of a space. 3 panel doors are a bit more craftsman-like and very popular. And how could we not talk about sliding barn doors? Everyone loves them! No, they are not just used in rustic designs. Sliding barn doors are offered in a variety of styles. Yes, you can get a reclaimed barn door look, if that’s your style, but they also come in metallic options for more of an industrial feel, standard interior doors for a traditional look, & everything in between.
So next time you are considering remodeling a room in your house, consider the basic elements of the space before selecting your furnishings. If you’re not sure how to incorporate these details into the re-design of your home, no worries! One of our talented designers can help, contact us today for a complimentary in-home design consultation.
by Amanda Wagoner
Shiplap and Beam Ceiling