Any expert will tell you, there are five walls to a room -- not four. The fifth wall, also known as the ceiling, is often overlooked when decorating a room, but can provide the perfect opportunity for an accent wall. Moreover, the way you decorate a ceiling can alter the overall appearance of any room. You can transform a room with high ceilings into a cozy space by making the ceiling appear closer to the floor. Or, you can disguise a damaged ceiling without having to install a new one! There are many ways to decorate a ceiling to make a room more attractive.
Fabric ceiling treatment -- When decorating a room with an unsightly ceiling, consider using a fabric ceiling treatment to disguise it. Not only will fabric make a beautiful ceiling treatment, but it be easily removed for cleaning purposes. Learn more about 'The Beauty and Functionality of Fabric Ceiling Treatments'.
Ceiling medallion -- If you are looking to decorate a room with a chandelier, light fixture, or ceiling fan, you can use a ceiling medallion to make an impressive statement on the fifth wall. These medallions are installed around the base of the fixture and come in a variety of sizes, colors, and styles. A medallion will add an architectural element to an otherwise plain area and draw the eye upward.
Wallpapered ceiling -- When you decorate a ceiling with wallpaper, you can create any atmosphere you desire. Select a faux wood grain wallpaper to give the room a rustic feel, or use an all-over floral print for an English Cottage theme. The possibilities are endless! Learn more about this unique option for the fifth wall by reading 'Wallpapered Ceilings'.
Stenciled ceiling -- When you decorate a ceiling with stencils, you have the freedom to select your own colors and pattern for a one-of-a-kind look. Stenciling is easy to do, and there are many printable patterns available absolutely free online. Find out 'How to Stencil a Wall Border' and practice your method on poster board or plywood before applying to the ceiling. Use large cloud stencils in the nursery, moon and star stencils in a child's room, or a geographical stencil along the outer rim of the fifth wall for a modern look.
Ceiling insert -- A decorative ceiling insert will take the eyes straight up and add a new visual element to the room. These inserts come in a variety of colors, textures, and styles, which will give any space an instant makeover. Use them to cover a small portion of the fifth wall, or the entire area. They are washable, easy to install, and fairly affordable.
Diamond pattern ceiling -- Decorate a room by hand-painting a diamond pattern on the ceiling. This is a very simple paint technique which yields an elegant effect. Learn 'How to Paint a Diamond Pattern' and add these historic Harlequin diamonds to the outer rim of the fifth wall. When neutral muted paint colors are used, the result will be subtle, yet spectacular.
Smart color choices -- The color you decorate a ceiling with will help enhance its beauty. In a room with a tall ceiling, paint the fifth wall a dark color to make it appear closer to the floor. In a room with short ceilings, paint them a glossy bright white to make them appear higher.
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