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Jeffrey Fisher

Give your fifth wall some love.

- Jeffrey Fi sher Send your decor question to askjeffrey­fisher@ gmail. com

Hi Jeffrey,

Ask Jeffrey

We bought our home almost eight years ago and have been chipping away at renovation­s -pretty much ever since. All ma jor projects like the kitchen and bathrooms are complete and now I’m ready to concentrat­e on actual decor. When we first moved in, we painted the entire house white to freshen it up but now I’m ready to i-ntroduce some colour. I’m start ing in the living room and wonder your opinion on painting ceilings a colour other than white? I feel ceilings provide an opportunit­y to add some character to a room but my husband isn’t necessaril­y on board. What do you think?

Joy Hello Joy,

I completely agree with you; painting ceilings white are a m-issed opportunit­y to add decora tive character to the rooms in your house. However, I do not suggest you start with trying to convince your husband of adding colour to the ceilings of multiple rooms.

I love wrapping small rooms entirely in colour, and a powder room provides you the perfect opportunit­y. Remember, a dark ceiling in the powder room tends to make it appear taller. (I also like to wallpaper ceilings, though if your husband is having a hard t-ime conceding to painted ceil ings I can’t imagine him greenlight­ing a wallpapere­d one.) To demonstrat­e to your husband the s-ophisticat­ion of a coloured ceil ing you may want to start with a small room and get him on board that way.

Alternativ­ely, skip the demo and go straight for the living room.

I-f your room has a lot of nat ural light, consider painting the ceiling a bold colour and keep the walls light in colour or even white. In the inspiratio­n photo above, designer Ashley Be-ll (ash leybellint­eriors.com) shows us just how sophistica­ted a room can look by adding colour to every surface but the walls. She uses a h-igh gloss finish on the teal ceil ing, providing a reflective surface for both natural light during the day and the lamps and chandelier a-t night. The gold draperies, rasp berry chairs and teal ceiling look modern yet classic when married with the white walls, yet they don’t overpower the room.

Tie in your ceiling colour with f-abrics and accessorie­s for a vis ual rhythm that allows the eye to t-ravel around the room. In the liv ing room above, Ashley highlights her ceiling colour with decorative pillows on the sofa and a painting above the fireplace. It’s subtle but effective.

If you have tall ceilings that you would visually like to lower (yes, too-tall ceilings are actually a dilemma for some), extend the ceiling colour down the walls a-bout eight to 12 inches to cre ate a cozying effect. This band of c-olour at the top of your walls vis u-ally blends into the ceiling, trick ing the eye to believe the ceiling is lower than it actually is.

If a bold ceiling colour is not your style (though don’t be afraid t-o push yourself; look how beauti ful the room in the photograph is) consider painting it sky blue or b-utter yellow for a completely dif ferent effect. These colours help to brighten rooms that don’t have adequate natural light and to lift t-he eye in rooms that are verti cally challenged.

If it helps make the case to your husband for painted ceilings, allow me to simplify the quandary for you with a quote from the iconic interior designer Albert Hadley, who said that “ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room.”

This doesn’t have to be the case in your home, Joy. Good luck.

Jeffrey

 ?? Jennifer McNeil Ba
ke ?? Tie in the new ceiling colour with fabrics and accessorie­s, for a visual rhythm that allows the eye to travel around the room.
Jennifer McNeil Ba ke Tie in the new ceiling colour with fabrics and accessorie­s, for a visual rhythm that allows the eye to travel around the room.

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