Interior Design Ceilings; the forgotten surface.

During a design project, it seems the ceiling is the last thing anyone thinks about. But in reality, it should be one of the first surfaces dealt with when working on a design plan. It is also the largest open space in a room. Aside from a chandelier, pendent lighting or even recessed lighting, not much else happens there. Now I’m referring to the average room or home, not a multi-million dollar home with tray or coffered ceilings.

Many homes of the past have the popcorn ceilings we have all come to dislike. Scraping it off to create a clean, smooth area is the trend. It allows you to really change the look of a room with an updated look. Adding moldings and recessed lighting to a smooth ceiling are highlighted even more. This is something you can tackle on your own providing you do a little research and homework. Not knowing the correct techniques can cause damage and cost a bit more than anticipated. I, personally, would hire a professional the scrape my ceilings to achieve that smooth, polished look.

A few inexpensive thoughts to rev up your ceiling are to add crown moldings. Nothing too crazy, just something that will compliment your space. If you have the average 8’ ceiling, be careful to use the appropriate size molding. Too thick, and your ceiling will seem too low. You may also try adding trim pieces to create the look of a tray ceiling without the huge cost or even add a medallion around a chandelier.

Next, think about paint. Adding a soft color will create a unique and interesting space. Try using a color that is one shade darker than the wall. It does work.

Enjoy!

Christopher Porikos
Author: Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts.