We rudely ignore our walls all the time. And our ceilings are like the black sheep of the family.
Shame on us. We obsess over the layout and the design and the decor of our rooms but rarely consider how we should be treating the very structure that creates our space.
Thoughtfully curating a gallery wall or mounting a well placed dyptych or triptych can be lovely. Painting walls and ceilings are a fabulous and necessary first step. (Diptychs and triptychs are a brilliant tool for photographic storytelling. They present two or three images which can be from the same session or they can be polar opposites to show opposition). When in doubt, if you're redecorating a room that hasn't been touched in 8-10 years, the FIRST thing you need to do is paint your ceiling. Even if you're sticking with white. Go bright and flat if you're keeping things traditional. If you're feeling daring, go gloss, but make sure your ceiling is smooth enough to your liking. The gloss will highlight texture. A-ha moment: paint your ceiling a funky color in a satin finish and leave your walls and trim white. OR WALLPAPER YOUR CEILING!
Same goes for walls. Please don't ignore them. They are your canvas. A fresh coat of paint will always make a room feel fresh and clean and bright. If you treat your ceiling with something colorful or outlandish, neutral walls are a great way to establish balance. Or you can paint your walls the same color as the ceiling. OR YOU CAN WALLPAPER YOUR WALLS. Or one wall.
Clearly (or maybe not so clearly) what I'm getting at here is wallpaper. Not just wallpaper, but grasscloth, textured fabric wall treatments, even shell. A bold, dimensional print is not for the faint of heart and so we often see the accent wall. Totally acceptable. A statement is made when you dive in and take a boldly printed wall treatment and put it on every wall in a room.
Here are a few images and product shots of Kravet wall treatments that we at Darby Road HOME have access to that are beyond inspirational. Enjoy! And please, remember, if you're scared and want some moral support, that's what our DRH Design Services are for!