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Gone are the days of the standard flat white ceiling. Today’s homeowners are realizing that their ceiling paint color can add interest and needs to be considered when choosing the perfect paint colors for their space. However, painting ceilings anything other than white can be tricky. Below are some tips to help homeowners choose the perfect shade every time:

* Consider lighter or cooler colors for lower ceilings – if you have eight foot ceilings, chances are your space is already feeling a little cramped and the ceiling is already feeling low. A darker or warmer shade will only accentuate a low ceiling and can make the space feel cave like. Consider paint colors that are lighter, like an off whites and creams.

*Color paint colors will also help raise the ceiling and make it feel like its moving away from you. Choose a cooler off white, that has blue or green undertones.

*Consider painting the ceiling one to two shades lighter than the wall color. This is particularly useful if you have crown molding. A bright white crown molding in semi-gloss will pop if the ceiling is painted a slightly lighter shade than the wall color.

*If the ceilings are really high, as is the case in many two story family rooms and entryways these days, consider painting the ceiling a darker, warmer color. This will help to bring the ceiling in a bit and will make the space feel less stark and cold. A dark chocolate on a two story ceiling can have an amazing impact on a room.

*For vaulted ceilings, consider bringing the paint color up the side ceilings and painting the top ceiling a darker or lighter shade of the wall color. Again, this can accentuate the architectural detail while avoiding the look of uneven paint lines.

*Always paint around and under soffits and low vaulted ceilings (i.e. sunrooms and bay windows) the same color as the walls. When these are painted the ceiling color, white or otherwise, it causes a break in the eye. Painting these areas the same color as the walls will cause continuity and flow, which is the essence of any good paint color scheme.

It is important to consider your ceiling paint color when choosing a color scheme for your home. This way you will be sure to get a perfect color scheme that is congruent with your personal style and the architecture of your home.

A while back I talked about creative ideas for what to do with tray ceilings.  I wasn’t sure which way I would go in my dining room.  Well, it done.  I chose a beautiful metallic damask wallpaper from Thibaut called Symphony Damask.  Go to http://www.thibaut.com and look at the Damask Resource book for details on this beautiful paper.

It was difficult to paper the tray (yes, I did it myself).  The most difficult aspect was getting the paper to go up straight by myself.  I drew a reference line to get my first piece up.  I had to do one piece at a time, I couldn’t paste ahead, to be sure I could put them up as straight as I could.  It took me about 4 hours total to get everything up straight.  I recommend that if you are papering for the first time, you don’t start with the tray.

Close up of my newly papered tray ceiling.

The dining area.

Here are some other creative ideas for tray ceilings:

Choose a paint color that is three or four step darker than the wall color. Choose a color that is two to three steps lighter than the paint color for the lower ceiling and walls of the tray.

Faux finish, like this sky painting:

http://www.primalcolors.com/gallery/murals/fullsize/02Ceiling_sky_fs.jpg

Check out thumbnail 8 out of 9.

http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/update-brick-ceilings-and-woodwork-with-paint/pictures/index.html?i=8

I have these fantastic chairs that I actually got for free from a neighbor at my old house.  I drove by them in the morning and fell in love and they were still there when I came back in the afternoon.  They were with a circular dining table (which I regret not getting) and I asked him if he would sell the chairs alone.  He told me to take them.  He mentioned that they were 30 years old.  They have seen better days but are in good condition.  I loved the detailing on the backs.  The fabric on the seats was atrocious but I was able to look past that at their potential.  When I first got them I reupholstered them in a more traditional paisley fabric.  But when we moved here I decided I wanted to do something more fun and contemporary with them.  My solution, I had Andrew at Vienna Paint of Gainesville help me to paint them in a metallic blue color.  Vienna Paints sells a great metallic product that can be used for walls, furniture and other things.  On the walls you typically want to use a sprayer as painting this product with a brush will leave streak marks.  It is a glaze so you have to give whatever you are painting a base coat of regular paint and then go over that with your metallic glaze product.  I love the way it looks.

So I painted two of the chairs.  It took Andrew a while to get these two painted because it seemed like every time he started to paint, someone came into the store and needed help.  This product dries quickly and will leave streak marks if you are not careful so starting and stopping was not a good idea.  He finally got two of the four chairs completed.  Now I’m trying to decide if I want to do the other two in the same color or if I want to be creative and do them in a brown metallic, or a regular brown paint color.    I would love to hear thoughts if anyone has an opinion on this either way.  I am leaning towards doing all four in blue but I’m not so sure…

I changed the fabric on the two chairs that I had painted once more to a more contemporary circular pattern design in a brown that matches more closely with the rug that the chairs sit on.  Take a look at the before and afters..

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Another view of the chair newly painted and reupholstered.

I love finding beautiful old pieces and giving them a new life.  You would be surprised how unique and updated an antique piece can look when you place it among more contemporary furnishings.  I have acquired this beautiful antique sofa that was made for my great, great grandmother in the Dominican Republic.  It is a beautiful sofa that has more traditional lines.  However, I have decided that it will have a home among my more contemporary and updated traditional furnishings.  I have happily placed it in my living room.  It patiently awaits a new coffee table which I have yet to find.  I am having some beautiful accent pillows made to compliment the damask fabric that my aunt reupholstered it in.  It is a piece of my past, that has been handed down from family member to family member and I so honored to have it my home.  I personally think it looks fantastic here.  Check it out.

Here is a photo of my great, great grandmother's antique sofa in my living room.

I love the traditional lines and the detailing on the arms and legs.

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