Why Decorate Ceilings?
Here’s the thing: for all its mysteries and wondrousness, the human mind is also very predictable. It’s for this reason that billions of dollars are poured into the advertising industry each year, that movie, book and music producers can tell exactly what will sell and what won’t sell beforehand, and that casinos and shopping malls don’t have clocks or windows. It’s also why interior design can be a science just as much as an art; strategic placement can shape the mind’s perception.
When most people walk into a room, they subconsciously search for a focal point, a sort of “center of gravity” or a “home base” within their field of vision. This is usually the object that catches their eye right when they walk in, a unique piece that signifies it, and thusly the space immediately surrounding it, is important. When the only focal point of a room is a sofa, the eye travels towards the floor – where the sofa is – and the lower half of the room becomes the most important (if not the only) half of the room. But when a ceiling carries a focal point, the eye travels upwards, and the mind suddenly “accepts” the entirety of the room, and all the space between the ceiling and the sofa is suddenly affirmed, becomes enlivened, inhabitable and breathable, as if the room suddenly doubled in size.
The reason, in other words, to decorate ceilings is that it is an easy way to make a room feel bigger, more inviting and, simply, more stylish!
Alternative Ceiling Decor
Ceiling décor doesn’t have to be limited to fans and lighting. Here are some alternative ways to incorporate style up above!
Alternative ceiling décor idea: Hanging plants. Plants don’t grow from the ceiling, right? With sleek hanging planters designed to be hung from ceilings, who’s to say? It’s alternative ceiling decor, to be sure, but with the right installation and indoor plants to hold, creates a swingin’ good time – and air-cleaning oxygen!
Alternative ceiling décor idea: Ceiling tapestries. This one involves a large tapestry (like a large blanket or quilt) stretched over a ceiling and secured with push pins or nails. This will create the kind of effect that will make you wish you could walk on the ceiling, making the ceiling feel just as comfy and livable as the floor. (Ceiling tapestries can also be hung perpendicular to the ceiling and floor, so that it hangs down instead of lying flat.) This look isn’t exactly traditional or modern, but somewhere in between; we’ll call it boho!
Alternative ceiling décor idea: Above door décor. Technically, the top of a doorway is a ceiling; it’s over your head and runs parallel to the floor. Incorporating décor on the bit of wall space above a door, though, is a heck of a lot easier than incorporating de facto ceiling decor, since above a door you’ve got a wall to work with – and support for your decor in the fight against gravity. So, what is a decorating-above-the-door method? Hanging a wreath or sign! Both are available in small-enough sizes to fit in the awkward above-door wall stretch and carry just the right amount of style subtlety to catch an upwards-gazing eye. Above-door signs and wreaths work in all styles: modern, traditional, boho, etc.
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