Ceilings are something we hardly think about when passing through a room, but they actually matter more than you think. Even though they might not be in our direct line of sight, the quality of a ceiling greatly influences the appearance of a room. Outdated or damaged ceilings, no matter how luxurious your decor, will only bring down the overall appearance of your room. It’s time to give some attention to that often ignored piece of your room and put some work into your ceilings.
Let your ceiling be an attraction instead of just ‘there’. The first step is restoring any damage that exists on your ceiling—this means any water damage, cracks, or unsightly marks. Make sure if it’s something that needs a repair, you find the proper method to thoroughly fix it instead of putting a bandaid over it. Since ceilings are a necessary support system, you don’t want to take the easy way out. Water damage with a drastic underlying cause may require extensive handiwork and repairs, while unsightly stains and marks may simply require a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to have a professional inspect your home if you are worried that there might be extensive damage.
Next, you’ll want to strip your ceiling of any outdated and unattractive textures, like popcorn, rosebud, or scalloped ceiling textures. These textures, which were once trendy, had a short lifespan and went out of style ages ago, but you’ll still find many homes that have these unruly bumps on their ceilings. Keeping a textured ceiling could throw off the aesthetic of your entire room if you’re looking to modernize and update it, so you’ll want to get it refinished as smoothly as possible.
This is a relatively simple, but tedious task. Make sure all furniture has been removed and surfaces are covered with a throwaway plastic tarp. Fill a spray bottle with warm water and a dash of dishwashing soap, and spray down the ceiling. In about 20 minutes, you’ll be ready to start tackling the texture. A floor scraper is the best suggested tool to use in this task, since it requires a copious amount of scraping. Keep at it until the surface is flat, and get any residue out of the corners with a putty knife. You’ll likely need to sand your ceiling down with a long handled pad— but just enough to flatten out any noticeably uneven surfaces without removing too much of the ceiling’s layer.
Now, you’re ready to prime and paint. Depending on what you plan to do with your ceiling in the next step, you’ll have to take careful precautions to make sure you prime properly and fully. If you have no intention of painting your ceiling in a bright shade but opt to keep it white, prime, and then choose your white to paint over it with. Off-whites, greys, beiges, and other light hues can even be a viable alternative to a stark white.
Many homeowners these days are choosing to match their ceiling color to their walls or choose another complementing color instead of leaving it in the traditional light neutral. There are a variety of tricks to choosing a color if you’d like to adjust the way your room is viewed. Do you want the room to appear bigger? Opt for a brighter, but not necessarily lighter shade to lengthen the look of your ceiling if you’re looking to stray from a traditional tone but keep a contrast. If you want your room to feel cozier and more together, paint your ceiling the same color as your walls, or a shade or two lighter.
Looking to change things up? You might think to add something a little bit more than a new paint color. Whatever your style, there is something to be done that can dress up your ceiling and make it the star attraction of the room. And since a ceiling is hardly face-on, it isn’t an overwhelming addition. At Décor Aid, we’re loving tin ceilings for smaller rooms to add an inspired look, and exposed wood beams for rooms that have an especially rustic air about them. If these aren’t your style, you can add moldings or skylights, which are a little more subdued but still far ahead of any traditional old room.
Your ceiling doesn’t need to be an element that you gloss over so quickly when entering the room. Think about refurbishing it and making it something that adds to the entire space. With a little TLC, your outdated ceiling can be brought back to life. While it may seem like a big undertaking, the end result will be stunning for years to come.