For interiors boffins, the ceiling is often described as the “5th wall”, a much under-used and undre-represented decorative space. Gone are the Artex swirls of the 70s and 80s (or perhaps not if you’re me and still have them on the dining room ceiling ha!) and the opportunities are endless. Paint it, wallpaper it, and see how giving your ceiling an upgrade can be completely transformative.
If you’re wondering how to go about it, don’t worry – here are some top decorating tips that will teach you how to create stylish, eye-catching ceilings in every room, no matter what the décor.
Cover Up Or Replace Your Artex Ceiling
If your property is on the older side, it may have at least one Artex ceiling. Many people are keen to conceal or get rid of those dated textured fifth walls, but it can be trickier than you think, as some Artex ceilings contain asbestos. This affects what you can do with them. As a result, the first thing you should do is get your Artex ceiling tested. If it contains no asbestos, then you can go ahead and replace it or begin covering it up with your preferred method. For instance, plastering is a simple and effective way to conceal Artex. If you need any help finding experienced plasterers near you, there is a simple solution: post your required job description on MyBuilder, and local plasterers will soon be in touch with helpful quotes so you can pick the right person for the task.
Create The Illusion Of More Height
If you have a room with rather low ceilings and you want to create a more airy, spacious feel, then you may want to invest in some sophisticated Regency-style mouldings. Mouldings that draw the eye upwards can help to make the ceilings seem higher. They also provide a sophisticated feature to admire. Looking for other clever ways to give your ceilings the illusion of more height? There are plenty of options to choose from, including strategic use of mirrors and paint!
Add Wallpaper For Extra Wow Factor
Wallpaper is having a renaissance in the interior world these days, and one of the great things about it is that it can be used anywhere – including on your ceilings. Yes, the effect may be rather dramatic, depending on the colour and pattern, but if you’re not afraid to make a bold style statement, then it could be right up your street. There are so many different hues and styles of wallpaper that you can choose from, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a paper that fits with the aesthetic of the room that you’re decorating. One word of advice? Choose larger patterns and motifs, as smaller ones won’t be so easy to see or enjoy.
Give Panelling A Try
We all know that panelling can work wonders for walls, but it can also provide the ideal solution for sprucing up your ceilings. Not only is panelling a budget-friendly option, but it also gives you plenty of scope for personalisation and playing around with colour and texture. Last but certainly not least, panelled ceilings can make any room feel instantly cosier and inviting, which is always a big plus.
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