Posted by the trend stalker on 27th March 2012

Look up for inspiration

The first home that I signed a bond on was a semi in Melville – a slightly shabby circa-1910 space that needed tons of TLC but which boasted beautiful Oregon pine flooring and the original pressed steel ceilings. After a few coats of white paint, these ceilings were my pride and joy. Until I visited the neighbours.
My pristine rooms paled in comparison to their gilded and bronzed temple-like spaces crowned by sludgy, metallic ceilings. Admittedly, their semi got more light than mine, which made darker ceilings more do-able. But until then I thought that ceilings Had To Be White. That’s the rule, right?

Nearly 20 years (gulp) later this Trend Stalker is still struggling with the concept of coloured ceilings. But it seems that the décor world has embraced the trend – and it’s not just paint you’ll see when you dig your head out of the sand. Wallpaper, rusted meal grids, weathered copper cladding, horizontally-hung artworks … they’re all up there.

The look can be playful and child-friendly:

Or super-slick:

Sophisticated, even:

More than anything though – and this I totally get – the look is individual and stand-out, whether your personal style is muted and elegant, restrained and subtle, or way out there.

Painting the ceiling in a soft shade that complements brighter décor “grounds” the look. It’s like framing a wild print in a modern minimalist barely-there border. See how this ceiling picks up on the matt metallic fridge and other appliances, and holds the bright yellow splashes together.

Of course, you could go the other way completely and make the ceiling a room’s focal point …

Many of these examples are kitchens – and if you think about it, these are high-expense rooms, with investment in permanent fixtures like cabinets and tiles that cannot easily or cost-effectively be changed on a whim. But the few litres of paint that it’ll take to change the colour of a ceiling are hardly likely to do permanent damage to the budget.

Try yellow for spring, green for summer, rust for autumn and greige for winter. Or indulge in lime, raspberry, tangerine and grape at any time of year. Or try any other colours you fancy. In the spirit of breaking the rules, I encourage you to be daring. I’m going to try. Just as soon as I’ve convinced hubby.

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