If you are planning to update your kitchen, you will have probably considered changing furniture or cabinets, painting the walls or hanging a few pictures up – the latter is especially good for those on a budget. You may not have thought about updating your ceiling – as your kitchen’s fifth wall, this is a fantastic way to make an impact. Out with the Artex, in with a statement ceiling!
Colour is not just for walls, as these two images show. Painting the ceiling can create extra depth in a room, and provides a striking contrast against neutral walls. However, getting it right needs some thought, as it can otherwise look busy or make the ceiling look lower.
In these images, all the walls are a neutral shade. The teal colour of the right-hand image is topped off by matching accessories including the two chairs and a vase. The gloss finish is reminiscent of a tranquil sea for a calming effect. The vivid blue paint applied to the ceiling of the left-hand image adds a playful, modern touch to an otherwise quite rustic and traditional setting.
Another way to inject colour into your kitchen is to use a patterned wallpaper. It may be a break from conventional design, but it can add fun and movement to a kitchen that may otherwise have kept to white and off-white tones.
In this image, the ceiling is the first thing your eyes are drawn to, even with the vivid green island and decorative plates. The kitchen is a great size already but the pattern makes it feel even more expansive and airy. The white squares in the wallpaper design add more light into the room, so this could be something to consider if you feel a solid colour could be overwhelming. A similar colour to this would be Farrow & Ball’s Yeabridge Green, if you want to recreate this attention-grabbing style.
A statement ceiling can also be done in a more subtle manner that better fits the property. You may wish to draw attention to it by showcasing existing architectural features, such as wooden beams. If you have authentic timber beams in your home, you might wish to leave them unpainted to maximise their impact. If you do not have beams, they can be added with reclaimed wood to recreate the style.
In this kitchen, the wooden roof beams are the centrepiece of the room. The white cabinetry and solid wood worktop allow the natural appeal of the beams comes through and they complement the worktop beautifully for a cohesive look.
Let the light in
This dining area is eye-catching for its lack of ceiling. A skylight is a fantastic way to let light flood into your home and create an airy and welcoming space for the whole family whilst drawing the eye upwards. It will instantly imbue a more luxurious and expensive feel, and if this size is not attainable, well-placed smaller skylights will have a similar effect.
Turn the light on
The quickest and easiest way to draw attention to your ceiling is by opting for a spectacular light fixture. Hanging lights sit right in your eyeline, so you will always be drawn to it – and the ceiling. Of course, it does not have to be as ornate and incredibly modern as this gold-coloured chandelier – there are many different lighting styles that will draw attention to it and the ceiling above.
You may not have considered treating your ceiling to an upgrade, but a statement ceiling can really transform a room – and it can be done on a budget, too. If you are planning to tackle yours, let us know what you would do below!