Next time you are in a room, look up.
Go ahead, I will wait…….
Notice anything? Probably you are looking at a white ceiling with no interest or defining details. Getting a client to agree to a ceiling treatment is typically pretty difficult. I liken it to being 16 and trying to get your parents to allow you to stay out past curfew. You may have a logical and completely legit argument, but they aren’t budging in their final decision.
However, you get those occasional clients who trust your vision and allow you to try something out in their home. This was the case of my clients at the Calvert Court project. As a quick recap, they have an amazing mid-century home which we are slowly working on. At the moment, we are putting the finishing touches on the living room which leads into their dining room. The living room has very much a “Mad Men” vibe to it with brass fixtures, faux-silk wall coverings, a curved couch….you get the idea. However, the clients wanted to reuse the dining furniture from their past residence which was not quite mid-century. Actually, it all was quite modern – white leather chairs, acorn ceiling fixture, mirrored bureau……and it was lacking. We had furniture that didn’t feel grounded in the space. We knew the space would feel slightly disjointed from the living room and we were okay with that but the space felt adrift, which was not what you want.
Initially, I suggested we swap rugs but the clients wanted to use their existing rug. Knowing that we had spent a majority of the budget for the room on new captain’s chairs, I had to figure out a way to anchor the space.
Thus enter the ceiling.
Rather than paint an accent wall, which would have competed with the floor-to-ceiling windows in the space, we opted a large square centered on the ceiling. After a few testers, we decided on Benjamin Moore Caribbean Sea – it is a hue of the peacock-blue we used throughout the house and it looks equally great in bright and low light……
Painting the ceiling instantly grounded the room and directed your focus to the amazing windows. It brought a sense of mood to the space and dulled the modern feel of the furnishings. The rooms feel connected rather than competing now……
Best of all, the client called me and said “Thank you for suggesting this. It looks amazing.” Ummm, how awesome is that? It totally made my day and put a notch in my “design belt”. A few finishing touches and we should be ready to call the dining room done!
So tell me, do you like color on your ceiling or do you prefer crisp white? Speaking of painting, I am back at the Hawthorne project as the painters are back finishing up the bathroom in shades of grey (no relation to the book).