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Top to Bottom: Tips For Adding Architectural Interest To Your Home

Top to Bottom:  Tips For Adding Architectural Interest To Your Home

Part 1. Creating Interesting Ceilings

Before I get started into my series of tips for adding architectural interest to your home, I wanted to share a new design book that I received as a gift for the Holidays, Inspired Interiors by Suzanne Kasler.

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Inspired Interiors by Suzanne Kasler

Not only does it provide great design inspiration, but is a beautiful coffee table book as well. Inspired Interiors is intriguing to look at with it’s lavish architecture and stunning interior details that pop out each time you look at the pictures. If you are feeling stressed, curl up with a hot cup of tea (my new favorite beverage thanks to my other holiday gift, a Cuisinart Instant Hot Water & Coffee Maker) and this book. It is beautifully photographed and well written.

If you are not one of the privileged few to have such grand architecture already in your home, such as in this book, follow these tips:

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Creating Interesting Ceilings: Ceilings are often left neglected, but are a great place to add interest

Try adding a paint color or wallpaper to your ceiling

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Soft pinks and whites are used throughout the room to showcase this patterned metallic ceiling paper. DC Metro Kitchen and Bath, Erin Hoopes

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A mixture of whites, cremes, and glass, accented by pops of aqua, helps this metallic and dark aqua shimmery ceiling stand out. DKOR Interiors Inc., Interior Designers, Miami, FL

In the rooms featured above, the colors used for the furnishings and walls are kept in a conservative color palette, setting the stage for shimmery ceiling paper.

In the rooms featured below, the bold color palette from the walls and furnishings is continued and reinforced into the ceiling paper, creating a live and vibrant room.

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The yellow and creme geometric ceiling paper coordinate with the bold yellow and metallic color scheme of this small space. DKOR Interiors Inc., Interior Designers, Miami, FL

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White and hot pink geometric ceiling paper breaks up the solid pink color used on the walls, drapes, and carpeting. DKOR Interiors Inc., Interior Designers, Miami, FL

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The dark ceiling paper makes the room feel cozy, while accentuating the detailed crown molding. Los Angeles Interior Design, Elizabeth Gordon

These two ceilings feature paper and paint. The dark ceiling tricks the eye into thinking the ceiling is lower and can make a room with sky high ceilings feel warm and cozy. Dark paint can emphasize white crown molding, adding another layer of architectural interest.

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Elaborate white molding on the tray ceiling is showcased by a dark chocolate ceiling in this sophisticated dining room. Minneapolis Interior Design, Twist Interior Design

My next tip will focus on ceiling moldings and trims. Follow me as I show steps and examples on how to add architectural interest and style to any home.

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