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Unlock the 5th Wall: 6 Tips for Decorating Your Ceilings

Did you know that every room in your house has five walls? If you don’t believe us, just look up! Your ceiling has real potential – think of it like a blank canvas of creative opportunity. Decorating your ceiling can help you elevate a simple room to a masterful design. Ready to give your ceiling an upgrade, but not sure where to start?

Photo: CuttingEdgeStencils | Etsy

Here are six ways to unlock the fifth wall:

Safety note: Decorating your ceilings can be a big job! If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning, prepping and painting your ceiling, hire a professional contractor to do the job for you.

1. Check the Height

If you have high ceilings, painting them deep, rich colors will give the illusion that your ceiling is slightly lower. This will help soften the room and make it feel more inviting. On the flip side, if you have low ceilings, painting them a light color will make them look higher, so the room will feel spacious.

2. Pick Around Your Palette

No matter how you slice it, color has major clout in interior design. There are some wall color options out there that just don’t look great with stark-white ceilings, so it’s a good idea to choose your ceiling-paint color based on the other shades that are already in the room. For example, if you’ve filled a room with warm colors (like burnt oranges and golden yellows) an ivory or soft white is going to look really good.

3. Think Ombre

You can make a small room feel larger by keeping minimal color contrast between the walls and ceiling. If you’re painting the ceiling of a small room, think of the classic color wheel and go one hue lighter than your current wall color. For example, if your walls are royal blue, consider painting your ceiling powder blue. This will allow people’s eyes to gently travel upward without harsh contrast, helping the flow of the room as a whole.

4. Integrate With Your Décor

Make sure you coordinate the ceiling patterns and colors with the room’s overall design scheme, too. Think of it this way: the ceiling should be the “icing on the cake” of the room’s décor and not steal the entire show. Tip: Pay special attention to your ceiling’s relationship to draperies, accent pieces and carpet or rug patterns.

5. Consider Texture

The sheen and texture of your ceiling can make a big difference! For a more glamorous vibe, a metallic or pearlescent effect can be achieved by applying certain glazes on your ceiling. Dividing up the fifth wall with wooden beams or thick-lined patterns will help add texture and bring the focus to the space below.

6. Create Contrast Above

Although it’s important to achieve balance between your ceiling décor and the rest of the room’s style, it’s also a good idea to experiment with contrast up above. To add a level of sophistication to your space, paint any ceiling trim, molding or other architectural details a different shade to accentuate them.

Photo: HomePolish

Photo: HomePolish

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