“…Ceilings afford great scope for decoration, yet it seems a strange defect in our modern method of decoration, that in many mansions the walls of the principal rooms are highly decorated with expensive papers, to be afterwards partly or wholly covered with pictures, looking-glasses, and bric-a-brac, and the floor is covered with carpets, to say nothing of furniture; but the ceiling spreads its broad blank waste of white above us, expressionless and inartistic to a great degree. The ceiling being the crowning glory of a room, and the part most seen, should be decorated with form and colour.” William Millar, London, circa 1890.
William Millar would be amazed that in 2014 our modern ceiling decoration has continued to be ignored. So, here are some great ceilings. Who knows you might decide that dressing the ceiling makes such an impact that you add it to your must have it list.
Their are two basic approaches to ornamentation design for ceilings.
The Frame – Use the ornamentation to frame the ceiling with four corners attached with decorative running linears or add corners, linears and side ornament.
Catherine Kwong, San Francisco
Love our Beaux-Artes’ handpainted Louis XV corners connected with S curves. This one is in a premium finish which means we will paint it with a maximum of nine colors chosen for your color palette. This style also looks so elegant with semi-precious gems and/or crystals added to cover installation screws and for embellishment.
This is a lovely ceiling frame design. No crown coming down on the walls which would interfere with the window.
Another great design.
Add a center to the frame design which will work with or without a chandelier.
Or just add a center by itself.
This is still my favorite ceiling center.
Expand the impact by adding corners, side ornaments, crown and molding.
Add ceiling coffers.
This lovely ceiling created with Modello adhesive backed stencils.
What do you think of how they repeated the pattern in the rug?
A Focal Point – Start with the center decorative ornament and design out. This approach works well for irregular and unsymmetrical spaces.
Ceiling designs using molding or beams in combination with ornamentation.
Everything in full color.
Burley on the Hill, England
In a class by themselves.