Soft Blues For The Win

A quick tip for picking out the right sheen for your space, matte and flat finishes are more forgiving on wall imperfections.

38204253_10157070101891323_5167322153644720128_nWall: Iceberg 2122-50, Aura Interior, Matte // Ceiling: Cloud Cover OC-25, Waterborne Ceiling Paint, Ultra Flat // Cabinet: Breath of Fresh Air 806, Advance, Satin // Chair & Table: Palladian Blue HC-144, Advance, High-Gloss.

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A spa-like sanctuary with colors that stay true.
Ceiling color: Buxton Blue HC-149, Aura® Bath & Spa, Matte // Wall color: Decorator’s White, Aura® Bath & Spa, Matte

 

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Dark On The Ceiling?

Did you grow up believing that ceilings had to be white — or, at the very least, a paler version of the wall color.

Dark ceilings, even black ones…can hide a multitude of sins, call attention to something you want to emphasize or instill a touch of drama.

Here are some reasons to consider painting your ceiling black.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.38.22 AMTo add drama. Take away the furnishings and finishes in this room, and you’ve got a pretty humble plasterboard box. The black ceiling adds architectural interest where none existed and makes the space feel far more interesting.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.16 AMTo draw attention to a view. Sure, this view would be beautiful even if the ceiling were white. But notice how the black surface draws your eyes toward the vista, kind of like a red carpet unfurling in front of you?

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.02 AMTo define an area. It can be hard distinguishing one space from another within an open floor plan. A black ceiling can do the trick, without the hassle of room dividers or area rugs.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.45 AMTo conceal a mess. It can be tough to hide all the ductwork in a basement ceiling. Covering it with drywall can rob you of precious headroom (not to mention money). An inexpensive solution is to paint the whole thing black. It won’t eliminate the problem entirely, but it’ll make the mechanics far less prominent without lowering the ceiling’s height.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.16 AMTo make a ceiling look taller. Sounds like a contradiction, right? But when you can’t see the boundaries of a room, it can appear bigger. This is especially true if you paint the tops of the walls black as well.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.26.59 AMTo emphasize trim. Got some awesome millwork? Make it pop by painting the surrounding surfaces black.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.26.50 AMTo echo other elements in the room. If there’s a lot of black elsewhere in the room, a black ceiling can tie things together and create a unified look.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.07 AMTo make a ceiling look lower. High ceilings always sound good. But in reality, they can make a space feel cold and imposing. Black paint will make the ceiling feel lower without sacrificing space.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.28.09 AMBecause the walls are black. If you’re going to take the plunge and paint your walls black, do you really want to wimp out on the ceiling? The bedroom here is dramatic and supremely sexy, but it wouldn’t have worked half as well without the black ceiling.

The same holds true for this bath. Since bathrooms are self-contained spaces, and people don’t usually spend a great deal of time in them, they’re an excellent place to try something a little bit daring.

Screen Shot 2014-03-26 at 10.27.36 AMBecause the rest of the room is black and white. Chaplin, houndstooth, The New Yorker — some things just look better in black and white. In this case the black ceiling is a nice echo of the black floor, and the stringent motif makes the few touches of color pop.

why put wainscotting in a powder room?

This post is a tip for our customers, because we love you so much. If you can’t afford to wallpaper your entire powder room, don’t give up…there is hope.

Installing wainscotting or even a chair rail, means you only need to install paper from half way up the wall to the ceiling.

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da8d8e644ef5d3de3af593cf70664249We love how this wainscotting is built in with the vanity, simple and a continuous elegance.

251c2df45fbfddb0f939b6b185b656e6This is more of a cape cod or cottage style, with diagonal beadboard on the bottom and grasscloth paper installed on the above portion of the wall.

151d59cabb397b3387860c5d3fca46e2A simple chair rail, painted in a crisp white along with the wall and trim below it.

450b5730cbadd2d82235f78f10f256d0This idea is fabulous, painting the wainscotting and ceiling the same colour…a great way to tie in the wallpaper pattern and colours.

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AF-715 Dolphin

fafcc1940a33b4351afe99e51e69ed04By now we all know that gray is the new black of home decor. It’s neutral, still warm without any yellow or orange undertones and is extremely calming. This warm gray AF-715 Dolphin is from Benjamin Moore’s Affinity Colour Collection and it is a classic.

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This bathroom is stunning and the wall tile is the jumping off point, its where the wall colour came from and ties in the creamy counter tops.

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These barn doors have been painted out in AF-715 Dolphin, so much warmer than the traditional white doors.

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We love how the lower cabinets and island in this open concept kitchen have been painted out in AF-715 Dolphin. Looks great with the white walls and warm hardwood floors.

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691705bdb107e5e102ae124910e71a2fThis home has been transformed by this classic gray AF-715 Dolphin and fresh white trim/garage doors. A house suitable of the Hamptons, in Ontario.