Ceilings deserve love…. or at least a greater appreciation. In early American homes ceilings were low to keep spaces warm. During the Victorian era, high ceilings – 9 ft. or more -were embellished with cast plaster, stenciling and other decorative treatments. This kind of detail is coveted today in historic home listings. Today, loft-style apartments in manufacturing districts that present a grittier industrial look have become vogue.
These days, interest in personalized space has meant ceilings are again helping rooms take on different personas. Creating a memorable impression with buyers and giving visual depth to a low room can create a lot of “wow” effect. Here are three simple treatments sellers can consider if they are looking to boost their home’s appeal. No matter which treatment is chosen, replacing a plain ceiling with a visually interesting one can provide an edge to a seller competing for buyer attention.
This is the least expensive way to make a ceiling stand out without major architectural change. To add depth, many decorators encourage homeowners to paint their ceilings a slightly lighter version of what’s used on the walls. But sometimes an unexpected hue can be a great way to update a room. For example, a darker gray can give a room a modern edge without being too overpowering.
While many see this option as a throwback, wallpaper is once again finding favor among design professionals for multiple reasons. Wallpaper can hide cosmetic blemishes or introduce pattern in rooms where all the walls are taken with cabinetry – like a kitchen. A graphic paper can define an activity area in an open space; colorful papers can pull together a palette in a room; and gold, silver or pewter leaf paper can add stature, drama and radiance.
Millwork can define an area in an open-plan home, highlight features such as skylights, unify adjoining rooms, or baffle sound. One technique used by Chip and Joanna Gaines of FIXER-UPPER fame involves the use of manufactured shiplap boards with grooves that fit together snugly to create an updated farmhouse look. For a more modern vibe, trims with a slanted profile fit the bill. Also, it’s important to keep the millwork in the right proportion the the ceiling’s hight. Four inch crown is perfect for an 8-9 foot ceiling.
Whatever your choice, minimal effort and expense can make a big difference when it comes to changing the look of your space. And in today’s competitive market, making a property memorable will set it apart from the rest. Flip through more than two dozen examples at http://www.realtorm.ag/ceilings. And as always, if you’re looking to buy or sell, Eagle Mountain Realty would love to assist you!