The ceiling might not be the most obvious place to exercise some design flair but for many designers and architects it is the new frontier. Blank ceilings have been banished, with everything from vibrant paint colours to wallpaper, timber highlights and even tiles now coming to the fore. Already a fixture in edgy bars and restaurants, patterned ceilings are hitting the heights at home with the likes of interior designer Greg Natale leading the charge in a spate of high-end homes.media_cameraAn extension by C+C Architectural Workshop is transformed by a patchwork-style ceiling. Photo: Lisa CohenSydney Pressed Metal has also seen renewed interest in patterned ceilings. The company might have originally been known for repairing 100-year-old ceilings, but a good chunk of its business now focuses on innovative designs for the modern home.Eurowalls marketing manager Vivian Rowden says many homeowners are seeing the possibilities in statement ceilings.media_cameraThis pressed metal ceiling by Sydney Pressed Metal creates a dramatic and contemporary look“The interesting thing about the ceiling is that it is an often forgettable part of a room,” she says. “But you need to start thinking about it as the fifth wall. It’s a blank canvas just sitting there. I have seen an outstanding use of wallpaper on ceilings, creating a new focal point in a room.”Vivian says an obvious way to create interest on a ceiling in a child’s room is to use a sky theme with clouds or birds, or a starry night. With confidence, you can move to a more public part of the home.She recalls one couple who liked to travel putting a map of the world on their bedroom ceiling, while another client turned a little nook into a cosy, warm space with an image of a thunderstorm rolling in on their ceiling.media_cameraA peach-coloured ceiling by Dulux makes for a peaceful bedroomDespite common misconceptions, she says wallpaper is an easy way to experiment with new ceiling looks.“In commercial environments, people are evolving their spaces and their look all the time, but at home, people think, ‘Oh, it’s too much of a challenge’,” she says. “They think wallpaper will have to be there forever, but these days it’s easy to remove.”If wallpaper and pressed metal ceilings are not your thing, then taking to the ceiling in a colour other than white is a far simpler way to stamp your individuality. A soft mauve or peach ceiling colour is the gentlest way to start. Alternatively, go with plain white decorative plaster work or a lined timber ceiling to create a sense of warmth.
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