Ceiling Design and Details

June 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm 4 comments

Ceilings are one of the most over looked and forgotten opportunities for design applications in a home or commercial space. I haven’t done a white ceiling, by choice, in over 20 years. Such an expansive space shouldn’t be just painted white and ignored in the design process, but I see it all the time. Even in an all white room, I will add some color or other details to the ceiling design.

Moldings, panels, beams, coffers, medallions, textures, trompe l’oeil and faux painting add so much depth and wonderfull detail to your rooms.
At the very least, paint the ceiling a color;wheather bold or just a subtle tint, the results are dramatic and finish the design of the space.

Any one studying design, or with an interest in design, should visit the John and Mable Ringling home in Sarasota;the fabulous interiors and exquisite ceiling designs are so spectacular! Inspired by a trip to Venice, John Ringling imported Venetian craftsmen to create many of the design details for walls and ceilings. It is worth the drive to Sarasota just to tour this grand mansion not to mention all the other art venues in that area.
For a preview go to http://www.ringling.org/cadmansion.aspx
John and Mable Ringling named the home Ca d’Zan which means “House of John”; a great place to study the many varied applications of ceiling design and details; beams, coffers, handpainted, trompe l’oeil and more!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Fauxology  |  July 7, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Cannot believe I did not know this. Will be in Sarasota soon and can hopefully add visiting the Ringling home. Thank you!


  • 2. Clay Stephens  |  July 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I know you will enjoy!


  • 3. Michael  |  July 12, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I find that the ceiling is something that my clients rarely consider, but when done well, the impact that it makes is huge! Great article!


    • 4. claystephens  |  July 12, 2009 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks for the comment , Michael. I can see form your web site that you understand my point of view! Nice work!



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