2018 – Statement Ceilings – The Fifth Wall
Before I begin with Statement Ceilings – The Fifth Wall, for reference here are my past blogs all about ceiling designs; Decorative Ceilings, New Classical Ceilings, and Ornamentation Design For Ceilings.
This quote was taken from my 2014 Blog, “Ornamentation Design for Ceilings”.
“…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.
I go on to say that Mr. Millar would be surprised that ceilings for the most part are still ignored. Well that was 2014 and I am thrilled that the 2018 Trend for Statement Ceilings – The Fifth Wall is here. Lots of great information and inspiration in my past blogs on ceilings but this blog is going to be a great resource for creating a statement ceiling. The designs herein will not include wallpaper or paint, or Venetian plaster, gold and silver leaf . The Fifth Wall approach is to create a classical design which will assimilate into a beautiful and elegant universal backdrop that will stand the test of time and be an investment in the home just like architectural details are AND include a ceiling design.
Decorators Supply offers 4 main ceiling design groups.
- Ceiling Ornament Groups – With Classic French, Colonial and Empire Designs. Please refer to the PDF mentioned below for a catalogue of all of their beautiful ceiling design groups.
2. Geometric Tracery
3. Plaster Ceiling Panels – Classic Old English and Italian panels for full ceiling coverage and unornamented full geometric panels for full ceiling coverage.
Italian Coffered Octogan 22-1/2″ x 1-3/4″ $140
The full design for the below coffered ceiling design.
Plaster Italian Ceiling – 24-1/2″ sq. panels $133.20
4. Simply Beamed Coffered Ceiling – Ingenious ceiling system combines various beam components to simulate a coffered ceiling. Create from either linear patterns or five geometric patterns.
Love this combination.
Art Deco Panel in Plaster #9600 35″ x 22-1/2″ $274.53
Felber Ornamental Plaster – For more than 30 years, Felber Ornamental Plastering Corporation has been perfecting the art of ornamental plaster. The present Felber studio is the great-grandchild of a turn of the century company, The Voigt Company which closed its doors in 1939. One benefit of their ancestry is in addition to the stock items pictured in their catalogue is an archive of over 2,000 antique molds. This collection, includes Gothic, Old English, French and Art Deco designs and specializes in Neo Classical and Adam period motifs. They welcome serious inquiries regarding these items.
One of the most important advances in modern plaster technique is the development of glass-reinforced gypsum, or GRG. The result is a remarkably lightweight, non-toxic, noncombustible composite of gypsum (plaster) and monofilament glass fiber that forms a solid matrix of unusual strength. So in addition to their traditional line of ornamental plaster they are able to offer self supporting and/or suspented domes and coffered ceiling systems. These systems are attractive to the customer because of their versatility in application and ease in handling. They require minimal framing prior to installation. A Felber dome can be easily included as part of a remodeling project without the massive structural intrusion one might expect.
Magnificent dome and Adam Ceiling.
For interior use, Glass Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) is extremely strong and the preferred material for interior domes, columns, light coves/troughs, barrel vaults, groin vaults, and less complex shapes.
The impact of being in a space that has a beautiful statement ceiling is palpable. This is just so magnificent.
Felber Ornamental Plastering Corporation has also built a reputation on working with architects, builders and interior designers to help bring their specific project needs to fruition.
Love the scale of this ceiling ornamentation and wall panels. Great example of treating the ceiling as “The Fifth Wall”.
A handsome coffered ceiling with a central rosette.
The center is a handsome carving. You can reference it in their catalogue CM-033 39″ x 54″. It would be amazing just by itself.
The Fifth Wall Ceiling Design.
Strapwork Ceiling is stunning. Complex but not too formal.
White River offers a variety of carefully considered and properly proportioned intricate ceiling designs and panelled ceiling designs.
I am a big fan of large medallions. I have not seen anything like these! It is a central plaster madallion with wood carvings 8′-2-3/4″ x 8′-2-3/4″. Please see PDF for pricing.
CPM902 PDF for Pricing.
White River offers custom coffered ceiling designs.
Coffered ceilings add beauty and architectural interest to any room, but installation of a coffered ceiling can seem like a daunting task. Site concerns, such as a sagging existing ceiling or working around scaffolding for a lengthy period, can make a project seem challenging. All of these concerns can be easily resolved through the fabrication of your coffers in the controlled environment of their Custom Shop.
The high quality and craftsmanship of the work from their Custom Shop dramatically decreases on-site installation time (up to 75%) and ensures an accurate fit to your specific ceiling. Each ceiling system is made to order to the specifications of your space with any White River stock or custom mouldings, primed or unfinished, ready to stain or paint.
Stained or Painted Coffers
White River offers hardwood decorative millwork and handcarved wood carvings. Beautiful stained coffered ceiling.
The total package – 4 walls plus the 5th wall.
Thinking of the Ceiling as The Fifth Wall opens creativity to paneled ceiling designs.
White River’s online catalogue Paneled Ceiling Designs is full of inspiration for The Fifth Wall.
Each design includes all the millwork and carvings used in the design.
The Willard Hotel
Large Ceiling Medallion and Frame with wall panels.
Wow. Some ceilings do not even need anything on the walls.
Hallway Ceilings add so much to the limited space.
Love the beautiful handpainted vaults.
Can’t imagine this room without the Fifth Wall design.
Ceiling with Large Ornament.
Foyer utilizes the fifth wall with a simple and elegant design.
There you have it; resources and inspiration, everything you need to create beautiful statement ceilings – the fifth wall is the crowning glory of a room.