Create an illusion. Where you choose to use light and dark colors can have a huge influence on a space. In this lofty white room the ceiling and walls down to the picture rail have been painted black helping to visually lower the high ceiling for a much cozier mood. Or try painting the end wall of a long narrow room black to visually bring it forward.
Elegant Moldings. When a client's home has historic character I never want to cover it up. Shades mounted inside the window frame paired with eye‐catching trim allow light control without feeling fussy. If you don't have historic molding a window is a great place to add some. It's a smaller task than lining a whole ceiling and you can do it in just one room.
Mix in drywall or plaster with reclaimed wood and stone. The white walls in this bedroom let the Montana moss rock fireplace and rough ceiling beams and planks stand out. The rest of the color and material palettes pick up on the colors found in the stone and wood.
Dot with jewel‐toned brights. This exquisitely put together living room is a stellar example of how a space with a very dark base can be vibrant. With the color palette focused on strong shades of green turquoise and mustard in light‐catching materials this dark space is an atmospheric haven.
I can't get enough of this fun and fantastic green‐tinged yellow – I've used similar shades of it in small doses all over my new house. It looks supermodern set against shades of gray and pure white. Keep in mind that if you use a vibrant hue in the back of a shelf or niche you'll want to keep any items stored there neat and tidy as everyone's eye will be immediately drawn to that area. Also when you have a lot of cool gray in a space think about including some warm elements such as a wood floor or wood furniture to help it feel warm and inviting.
Look up. Forget flat ceilings. Here the texture creates interest and opens up the room. You can create a ceiling with character using painted textured wallpaper or plaster molding or by exposing wooden beams.
Watch out for splinters and nails. You'll need to make sure the wood is properly sanded so splinters won't be an issue. When using wood collected from a demolition make sure to carefully remove any old nails. The pieces will need to be planed and cut to the desired shapes and sizes also. Unless you have the right tools and machines this prep work should be done by a professional finish carpenter.
Combine practical and beautiful. These ribbed porcelain tiles serve the bathroom in a physical practical and visual way. They simultaneously stimulate the feet provide a practical nonslip surface and add visual depth. Light bounces off the irregular diamond‐cut ridges for a playful elegant effect.