Ceiling wallpaper has been around for centuries, but it’s making a comeback. It’s not just an easy way to update the look of your home; it also helps you save money on decorating.
The top interior design trends 2021 are the top 10 list of what’s to come in 2019. The list includes Ceiling Wallpaper, a move that is topping the trend list.
APOLLINA BAKER intended to wallpaper the walls of her children’s craft area. Then it hit me: this isn’t going to work. “Paint spatter and markers often wind up all over the walls,” said the Dripping Springs, Texas, attorney turned design consultant. “We opted to put the wallpaper just on the ceiling.” Daydream by Hygge & West, in which blue swallows whirl over cotton-candy clouds, was her choice. Mrs. Baker said, “With the’sky,’ the room looks so much larger and higher.”
Design professionals and DIYers are gazing skyward because of the perception-altering impact of papering the ceiling—and its sheer exuberance. “More of our clients are making a statement with ceiling wallpaper,” said Elizabeth Rees, owner of Chasing Paper in Milwaukee, Wis. “It creates an unexpected design moment, which is something we’ve been aiming for this year.” Wrapping a whole space like a gift is maximalist, but textural neutrals like grasscloth may offer a more subtle depth. “People are realizing how much creative potential has been hanging over their heads,” said Adam D’Agostine, chief marketing officer of A-Street Prints, a Randolph, Massachusetts-based wallpaper business.
FASHION’S HEIGHT Dina Holland of Needham, Massachusetts, used a variety of patterns to change the size.
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Ignoring the topside is like wearing a ball gown without a tiara if your space has other strong wall treatments and a graphic carpeting. Karen B. Wolf, an interior designer in Short Hills, New Jersey, stated, “It’s a balancing tale.” “You may tie the space together with patterned ceiling wallpaper.”
Ceiling wallpaper may fool the eye into thinking a room is bigger or smaller. By lowering the ceiling, a dark, tight print may make a space seem cozier, while an airy, painterly pattern might give the illusion of more volume.
Paint the walls and/or trim a shade from the ceiling paper for cohesion’s sake, says Dina Holland, an interior designer in Needham, Mass. She described a white border as “unfinished,” as though “you began but became scared.” Mrs. Baker used Farrow & Ball’s Stone Blue to paint the built-in desk and cupboards in her children’s craft area, matching the color of the birds above. Mrs. Holland added personality to a powder room (pictured) by mixing sparse fish designs on the walls with a thick coral print above, changing size to give the eye a place to rest.
A few of warnings: Because you approach the ceiling from many angles, a pattern that depends on an up/down orientation to make sense may generate conflict, according to Cathy Purple Cherry, a designer in Annapolis, Md. And getting rid of it may be difficult. But don’t let it put you off. Mrs. Purple Cherry said that powder rooms lend itself to ceiling design since guests have nothing to do except look about the room, “and it’s sort of a peek-a-boo moment.”
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