HOW TO STYLE YOUR CEILING
Look up! You might spot wallpaper, colour or even a mural – statement ceilings are having a moment
Lyttelton couple Kris and Alex Herbert literally shed blood, sweat and tears when they covered their ceiling in bamboo wallpaper (see right).
“It had to be done in one go, and we wanted it in before all the furniture was there,” says Kris of the huge 400sqm area they covered in just one night. There’s a spot above their study nook with a patch of blood where Alex cut himself as the pair worked late into the wee hours.
“It was a killer workload. There was no faffing about with glue; we just stapled it directly onto the structurally insulated panels,” Kris recalls.
The bamboo paper-clad ceiling brought much-needed warmth to the vast space – a rebuild of the former Lyttelton rugby club. White was never an option. “Plaster would’ve been too echoey in this space, and it was too big to go all white,” says Kris.
The ceiling is often an overlooked blank canvas, but savvy decorators think of it as a “fifth wall” and know it can be used to change the feeling of a room, either with paint or wallpaper.
Kris and Alex couldn’t be happier with their decision: “Don’t be afraid to try new things, look around and dream something crazy.” >
Wairarapa artist Rhondda Greig painted her kitchen ceiling pink and blue (see right); she has yellow ceilings in the living room and apricot in the bathroom. Yellow on the south side has brought warmth to the living room as did the apricot in the bathroom, which also worked well with green trims and views to the trees outside.
Home is the one place where you can experiment, says Rhondda. “If it all goes wrong, you can always paint over it.”
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Resene’s Karen Warman has these words of advice: Consider what the room is used for, who uses it and what time of day it is lived in most. Also think about the feeling you are trying to create. Is it a glamorous space, or a room for relaxing? When choosing ceiling colours, place the colour sample overhead to give you an idea of how it will look. Brighter and deeper colours are recommended for rooms that don’t have a lot of light. It’s common to paint a ceiling in a matt finish but metallic finishes add a touch of glamour and work well in powder rooms or bedrooms. Metallic finishes or higher-sheen finishes accentuate colour. Beware of going too glossy as it can look glary. Don’t limit yourself to one colour. Create patterns, stripes or use anaglypta wallpaper for a textured effect and paint over it.