June 22, 2010

Head in the Clouds

Posted in Decorating tagged at 11:05 am by dotcomdecorator


I would be a rich woman if I had a nickel for every time my mother admonished, “Get your head out of the clouds…”! However, I would not be the fun-loving, creative person I am today, so I believe it is  a fair trade.  My creativity is an extremely important part of my life…in fact, it’s as important to me as breathing! Almost.

I’m a woman on the move, and  constantly incorporate creativity (or sometimes just fanciful thoughts) into my day. Creating, recreating, moving this and that around, finding new purposes for old items, thinking up new products, projects, and bouncing ideas off of others are all par for course. Well I went off course–way off course–this past weekend!

I woke with an excruciating, debilitating backache on Saturday! For three days I endured this pain, primarily by laying flat on my back on the floor.  Stillness. Oh, how interesting…for 5 minutes! Don’t get me wrong–I know stillness and enjoy it, during my daily meditation/quiet time,  or laying on my lounge chair, watching the sky, but that’s a choice.  Laying flat on my back, staring at the blank  ceiling, knowing there were other things to do, was not a choice and it was hard! However, I did find a topic for blogging…

How many of us dare to walk around with our heads in the clouds?  To daydream, to take in the beauty of nature and our surroundings? How often do we actually even look up? We rush about from place to place, multi-tasking, frantically trying to get it all done, with our focus on the task at hand, missing what isn’t in our immediate line of sight.  I’m guilty of it from time to time. However, I am also just as likely to get lost, run into someone (or something), or be left behind, because I am busy looking up!

There is so much to see “up there”! I love unique architecture and the intricate detail found on the facades of many buildings–stories told through the use of iconic symbols.  I love laying back, watching the day sky and noticing all the activity that goes on above our heads–the birds’ and insects’ skillful maneuvers, the dandelion seeds (I remember thinking they were fairies when I was younger) lilting in the air, a leaf careening down from the tree, and perhaps even a balloon or distant airplane may cruise past, totally oblivious to my presence.  Take me into a lighting store and I’m a goner! I’m mesmerized and enamored with the shapes and colors, the interactive play of light around the room–some of it dancing in fun ripples, some of it stern and serious! So, yes, I’m a “head in the clouds” kind of girl!

It therefore makes sense that I get downright giddy when I see decorated ceilings! The higher and more ornate, the better! In my home, I painted a mural on the dining room ceiling (see picture), once painted a “hole” in my office ceiling that exposed sky and a nesting bird, have crackled the ceiling of my half bath (see picture), have a sky mural in the bonus room, and while not quite as glamorous, I have painted several ceilings in shades that blend with the wall color.  When painting a ceiling is not feasible, I try to incorporate architectural medallions around ceiling mounted fixtures, or select lighting that will cast a design on the ceiling.

Dining Room Ceiling Mural

Dining Room Ceiling Mu

My clients have been somewhat hesitant to trust in anything but “ceiling white” paint. However, I’m making headway!  I have had the opportunity to color-wash a dining room ceiling, create a story-book page mural in a young girl’s bedroom, a grapevine mural which broke across a kitchen ceiling, and to install faux copper panels in a bar area…people are coming around! My last client went as far as allowing a warm taupe tone on the ceiling 🙂

If you have not considered adding some interest to your ceiling, you should! It’s a blank canvas waiting for your touch.  A few ideas to consider are to paint the ceiling the same tone as your walls, then embellish with a metallic paint glaze, or stencil a design; start in the middle and paint alternating bands of color (triangular-shaped) to create the illusion of being under a tent; paint a night sky with shades of deep blue, pink, lavender and black, topped with tiny dots of glow-in-the-dark paint to mimic stars; create faux architectural details through the use of stencils or appliqués; continue a wall mural onto the ceiling; wall paper with a textured paper designed to be painted; or simply add an unexpected pop of color by painting a bold color!

Crackle Finish on Ceiling

Crackle Finish on Ceiling

While logically ceilings represent another surface to treat, the real reason I do them is for pure joy! Do you know the feeling you get when a friend’s smile lights up a room? That’s how I feel when I encounter  decorated ceilings. It is a little something special, something unexpected, something whimsical and fanciful…and a valid reason to be looking up with “my head in the clouds”! Try it, you’ll like it!

Until next time,

Viva Con Gioia!

The DotComDecorator

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