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Decorative Ceilings and Floors To Die For

June 12, 2011

I am in the process of writing my bi-monthly design article for Viva Tysons Magazine and decided to write about two areas that often are overlooked by homeowners when designing a room — floors and ceilings.

I love to do ceiling treatments, even if it is as subtle as a light paint color that coordinates with the wall treatment.  And most recently, I have fallen in love with painted floors. Wait til you see them!  So, I thought I would share some of the ideas and photos I am working on for the article, which is due tomorrow and will be published in the July-August edition.

While painting ceilings a solid color is more dramatic than the usual white, I find that stencils, wallpaper and custom faux finishes are the treatments that really wow people. Wallpaper has made a comeback in general in home interiors, but never has it been more popular than using it on the ceiling.  In fact, if you visited the DC Design House in April-May of this year, Nancy Colbert used it on the ceiling in the library.  It looked like a faux finish, but it was actually a stunning wallpaper.  As far as faux finishes are concerned, they are also gaining interest again by homeowners, especially in smaller spaces like powder rooms and accent walls.  I used this approach in the design of my DC Design House powder room where the Venetian Plaster faux wall treatment was repeated on the ceiling to add much-needed drama and visual contrast.  The results were amazing.  To see the before and after photos, check out my posts under ‘DC Design House.’

Like ceilings, floors are also being dressed these days with all kinds of custom designs and painted finishes.  In fact, two painted floors were showcased in the DC Design House this year in the dining room and in the pool room.  And, in almost every design magazine I flip through these days, I see at least two rooms per edition that have some type of decorative painted finish on the floor.  If you haven’t seen these decorative floors, you are in for a real treat as they are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and quite exquisite. They offer a truly unique way for designers and homeowners alike to personalize a room’s design.

So, here are a few of the pictures that I am noodling around with and may appear in my July-August article in Viva Tysons Magazine.

{Isn’t this floor stunning!  I absolutely love it.  And, wait til you see the pictures below that show what it looked like before…not so pretty!}

{So, here you can see the transformation of the floor.  In the upper left corner and in the picture in the upper right corner you see that the existing floor was removed to reveal a very worn wooden floor.  And, then on the bottom level on the left you see the floor after it is prepped and painted and the on the bottom right you see the final stencil applied.  Wow, what a transformation!!! }

{Here’s another painted finish with stripes.  Isn’t it amazing?  This floor makes this room feel casual and provides a very customized look that is unique to the homeowner. It actually looks like wall-to-wall carpeting, doesn’t it?}

{This floor is very eye-catching as these simple yet elegant squares painted on the diagonal draw the eye in and give just the right amount of contrast to really make the interior of this home pop.}

{Check out this wallpapered ceiling by Lonny Mag.  I love geometrics and this one is no exception. It really plays up the fun green color of this room and adds a visual focal point that is totally unexpected–on the ceiling!}

{What girl wouldn’t want to get ready in this dressing room by Liz Caan?  Isn’t the wallpapered ceiling divine?}

{I absolutely love everything about this room, especially the ceiling design. This is just simply gorgeous!  Don’t you think?  All I can say is WOW!!!}

{This wall treatment that creeps onto the ceiling really heightens this small space and brings it to life.  This is genius!!!}

Well, there you have it – a little sneak peek at my latest article. Ceilings and floors are some of my favorite areas to decorate; however, they are the areas most often overlooked by homeowners.  Many of my clients shutter when I suggest using simple paint on the ceiling, so my hope in sharing this post is that I have opened your eyes to how amazing floors and ceilings can be when you do something uniquely creative with them.  I hope this post has sparked your interest and inspired you to make your own unique mark on your next interior design project.

Happy painting and wallpapering, and be sure to check out my article in the July-August edition of Viva Tysons for even more creative floor and ceiling designs!

If you’d like help creating a beautiful room in your house or office, contact me today to learn how easy it is to get started.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2011 10:44 am

    Oh wow. My copper ceiling looks kind of lame compared to these. Now to find a painter that will tackle this. 🙂

    • June 12, 2011 3:30 pm


      Finding the right painter is key!!! Aren’t these treatments amazing? I just wish I had a bigger house so I could redo all the ceilings and walls. My honey-do list just keeps growing exponentially…too bad I have no ‘honey’ to do it. Ha! Keep the comments coming.



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