Ceilings. The unsung heroes of the room. They shelter us from weather, they hid insulation, pipes, and wiring, and they act as a fancy hat for walls.
Ceilings are often overlooked, forgotten, or cover in horrendous 80's style popcorn. I'm not down with that. At Revolving Rooms, we want ceilings to make you look up and say "WOW! That's one hot ceiling!".
(Above) Here are three shots from our "Just What the Doctor Ordered" Project. The style of this home is traditional & feminine, and we wanted every aspect of design to reflect that. Before we started, the 25+ year old home had boring blah ceilings....that just wouldn't do. Coffered ceilings with flocked damask print wallpaper now grace the two-storey vaulted ceiling in the front entry & dining room. In the Master Bedroom, a custom built bulk head frames beautiful tongue & groove cedar panels. We painted the panels a soft green to bring out the peacock wallpaper!
Airing again on the "traditional" side, this kitchen (Source: HomeBunch.com) pulls focus to the accent island as a central gathering area by installing a tongue and groove ceiling and staining it the same colour as the island. Pot lights installed directly into the ceiling are subtly hidden with dark trim, drawing the eye towards the stunning chrome light fixture.
Here we have some shots from our "Far Out" project (Above). The beautiful high vaulted ceilings were in need of a little TLC. The style of this space is definitely modern-farmhouse, and the open concept layout provides light to all the rooms. However, we still wanted distinction between the spaces of the home. Enter Stikwood! You know we've ranted and raved about this product before...Stikwood is peel and stick reclaimed barn wood, and it comes in tons of different styles and colours. It's super simple to apply and look AMAZING. Next, we wanted to draw the eye up and enhance the high ceilings. We added transom windows at the peak of the ceiling to allow sunlight to pour in, and framed out bulkheads to house a multitude of pot lights. This really compliments the farmhouse style of the home, and by painting out the ceiling and bulkheads white we kept a modern aesthetic.
I love these exposed beams paired with slat board between (above). There is enough detail to make the ceiling interesting...at first glance it looks fairly plain, but then you pick up the slat boards & really get wowed. Picture a simple, flat ceiling in this room, and tell me if you think it still packs the same punch! Everything painted out white makes this subtle design extra special.
Throwing it back a few years, this is a kitchen we did with the help of Diamond Contracting (above)! The home is located on a beautiful, private lot in the Devon area, and the owners wanted to reflect the nature surrounding their property within the home. We painted the beam joints a rich black, and kept some of the tongue and groove cedar in a natural stain. The tongue and groove in the kitchen got special treatment...we painted it white & created a distinct space in the large, open main floor. Everyone is drawn to the kitchen, so why not
For those who prefer less rustic and more modern, take a look at this amazing use of back-lighting to create a sensational ceiling (above). Creative use of sliced panels allows soft light to illuminate the rooms. Now that's a true ceiling hero...no crown molding required!
Okay, pictured above, you will see my dream house. I love everything about it. I love the floors, I love the layout, I love the furniture, and I ADORE the ceiling. This A-Frame house incorporates structural posts & beams seamlessly into the design. The stained structural wood is paired with reclaimed barn board that lines the ceiling. It's perfect. I'm saving this photo for when Diamond Contracting builds me my dream home (aka this home).
Finally, let's take a look at the ceiling details from our "Paco!" project (above). We used the main structural beams on the ceilings as a focal points, and painted them out black. These beams are visible in most of the home. Next, we created framed bulkheads stemming off the center beams to house pot lights. We kept the original tongue-and-groove cedar ceiling detail in some of the rooms, but stained it a beautiful new colour. Then, we mirrored that same tongue and groove outside on the front entry & garage overhang. It's wonderful and we love it!
So raise a glass high and toast to ceilings! At RR we especially love shattering the ones made of glass.