Monday, May 16, 2011

Looking Up

Ceilings are often neglected when it comes to interiors, but after viewing the following images, you can see how important ceilings can be to a room!


This entry is so beautiful, mainly because of its ceiling, a groin vault with subtle faux finish detailing. We typically aren't big fans of faux finishing, but this is definitely an exception!  Here is a beautiful example of this technique and how it highlights the architecture of this space.


The beams accentuate the height of this room in this pool house.


The wood beams here add warmth, texture, and contrast to this living room.


Who could forget Ina Garten's (i.e. The Barefoot Contessa) kitchen featured in House Beautiful? Love the ceiling here.

We have featured this room before on our blog, and it's still one of our favorite rooms because of its amazing rustic ceiling!

 My (Brooke) aunt and uncle's family room has a fabulous ceiling. This image may be familiar to you because it was recently featured in Antique Shops and Designers Magazine.

Of course everything in this room is beautiful, but this bathroom would look completely different without this ceiling treatment. It brings grandeur to this space.

 Mrs. Howard used high gloss treatment on this ceiling to make this room appear taller than it actually is and it looks fabulous! Here is what she said about this space, "We did a high lacquered ceiling in my living room in Jacksonville. It creates a beautiful reflection by candlelight and makes the rather low ceiling seem much higher than it actually is. "

Reed Krakoff's living room also features a high gloss ceiling. 

Here is another example of Mrs. Howard using high gloss on a ceiling, helping to make this city apartment oh so chic!

This room was on a recent cover of Veranda and we have been drooling over this ceiling (and bedroom!) ever since!

We love the untreated pecky cypress ceiling in this Belgian inspired dining room. The rawness of the wood looks fantastic combined with the slip covered dining chairs, the lanterns, and the sea grass rug.

This master bathroom, by Bobby McAlpine, is another example of a room with a pecky cypress ceiling. Love it!

We have shown this image to you before here. Suzanne Kasler uses custom made Walter Knabe wallpaper in this AMAZING entryway.

This kitchen designed by Barry Dixon was featured in Veranda, and we love how he treats the ceiling here, we think using wallpaper.  

The ceiling in Jenna Lyons' boys room is so cool and unexpected. Notice the fireplace in his room!


A reception hall, with its original staircase, now serves as a dining room in an upstate New York Tudor- what a unique and exquisite ceiling!

Here is another ceiling similar to the one featured in the image above. Up close, it appears as if this organic pattern was hand painted on this ceiling. 


Jeffrey Bilhuber chose Benjamin Moore's Cloud Cover for this classic coiffured ceiling in this family room.

Tracery ceilings bring detailed elegance to a space, and this dining room image is an exceptionally beautiful example of this type of treatment. 

The tracery ceiling out of white washed oak is our favorite design element in this dining room, designed by Bunny Williams.

Do tell! What's your favorite ceiling treatment?

Images:  1) Antique Shops and Designers 2) Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles 3) Veranda 4) House Beautiful 5) Elle Decor 6) CotedeTexas.Blogspot.Com 7) Elle Decor 8) 9) 10) House Beautiful 11) Veranda 12) House Beautiful 13) Bobby McAlpine's The Home within Us 14) Veranda 15) Barry 16) 17) Elle Decor 18) Veranda 19-20) Elle Decor 21) Bunny Williams, Image Unknown