Gone are the days of a boring, white painted ceiling. There are many options on the market today that can transform your plain old ceiling into a stunning focal point.
From textured tin, wooden beams, decorative paint and lighting, you can now add texture and color in a variety of materials to complete the look of your entire kitchen. Adding one or more of these features will give your kitchen the wow factor you have been looking for.
Let’s take a look at some of the details of these options:
If you are going for a more rustic or French Country style kitchen, adding wood beams to your ceiling is an excellent choice.
This style looks great with high ceilings, light walls, and using darker stained wood. These beams can be positioned in different layouts to accommodate the room shape and size. You can reverse the look by using a darker paint color and beams painted white.
Faux wood beams are also available if you are on a tighter budget, yet still want the same attractive look as real wood. There are plenty of options and layouts that may accommodate your budget.
An article in This Old House, states that tin ceilings originated in the 1800’s and were used as a means of fire protection since there were so many open flames in the home.
These tin pieces were ornate and sophisticated. You can get the same, historic look today in your new kitchen, and induce a feeling of true nostalgia.
The tin squares generally measure 2’x2′ and can be stamped in the same patterns used long ago. There are a wide variety of finishes available as well.
Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls gives a warm, cozy feel, but works better in a larger space, especially when using darker colors.
Another option is use the focal color on the ceiling as opposed to the walls.
Benjamin Moore suggests giving a lower ceiling the illusion of height by creating a recessed effect. This can be accomplished by framing a dark color in the center with a light color. Add further interest with an intricate light fixture or a ceiling medallion.
Skylights not only add an attractive touch to your kitchen ceiling, but will also save on electricity by using the natural light that they provide.
This article recommends placing skylights over kitchen islands and work areas. It also mentions that small or narrow kitchens can be brightened up and will appear larger when incorporating sky lights into their design.
One of the easiest ways to add interest to your kitchen ceiling without a lot of cost or effort is to add or change light fixtures.
There are an endless variety of styles and shapes of lighting made from a multitude of materials for any décor. Recessed lighting can add a completely different perception to a room as opposed to fancy chandeliers.
If you are unsure which option is best for your kitchen, a consultation with a designer is a good idea.
As you can see, when it comes to ceilings, there is an option for everyone’s taste and budget. Be sure to gather all of the ideas you can, so that you make the right choice for your home.
It is always best to speak with an experienced professional to guide you through the process so you can make a well informed decision.
For further reading on how to create the kitchen of your dreams, be sure to check out: How To Add Unique Texture To Your New Kitchen and Kitchen Storage Part 1: Optimal Layouts For Cabinets.
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