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Floors and ceilings should be part of a home decorating plan

March 18, 2014

Hand-Crafted Hardwood FloorsMost rooms have six walls, if you count the floors and ceilings. They're necessary for structural support, but also add to a room's decorating scheme. For instance, a home decorator with cottage-style decor would do well selecting Anderson's Vintage Coastal Art collection of wood floors in a sand dollar finish.

There are many ways in which these horizontal surfaces can complement the walls. For instance, there's a wide selection of hardwood flooring, decorative tiles and finishing touches like beautiful wood tones and stenciled borders available to home decorators.

The ceiling could rightly be called a room's fifth wall, and should be integrated into the color scheme. Painting the ceiling the same color as the walls or in a coordinating shade, rather than in traditional bright white, will give the space a softer look.

"When designing spaces, think of the entire room three-dimensionally. If left untreated or ignored, then the emphasis will be on the ceiling … it will become the big white elephant," Nashville interior designer Beth Haley told HGTV. "[But] the ceiling should be the icing on the cake."

Not that white isn't the best color in some cases - it works well in a room with modern architecture or when used to match white doors and window trims. But in other cases, many interior designers agree that white's brightness draws attention to the ceiling in a way that doesn't meld naturally with the rest of the room.

Connect the surfaces
Continuing the wall color onto the ceiling is especially effective where there is no crown molding installed to act as a transition. Home design expert Cindy Lee Bergersen wrote on Hamptons.com that painting the walls and ceiling the same color eliminates the distraction of a color shift. The result is that the walls will seem higher in what she called "a seamless room without borders."

A simple stencil design on the ceiling and walls where they meet is another way to bring the two together. In rooms with cathedral ceilings and high windows, homeowners can add some architectural interest by installing cornices or valances.  They can be matched to a room's wood floors in a natural finish or painted to match wall color or the shades or curtains hung with them.

In a room where there are high walls with several windows of varying dimensions, Bergersen suggested using custom drapery to correct this imbalance by making the drapery panel lengths consistent.