Art in the Kitchen

Kitchens sure have come a long way over the past few decades.

What was once a strictly utilitarian area for no-frills cooking has now become command central in today’s homes. Kitchens are now living spaces that accommodate many different activities - and look beautiful while doing so.

Selecting art for the kitchen is sometimes overlooked, but I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to add some personality and color to the kitchen - after all, it’s usually the place where everyone ends up!

As you will see in the images below, you don’t have to resort to giant forks or “EAT” signs to adorn the walls of your kitchen. Original and/or collected art always adds so much to a space, and the kitchen is no exception!

Notice that each of these kitchens has a different feel, and how they have their own distinct personalities!

An eclectic mix of framed art was tucked into these open shelves and mixed with more utilitarian elements - including a big pot of rosemary! Image from OneKingsLane.

An eclectic mix of framed art was tucked into these open shelves and mixed with more utilitarian elements - including a big pot of rosemary! Image from OneKingsLane.

Have you seen the kitchen by Lauren Liess below? In this kitchen, the art takes center stage, creating a moody and collected vibe.

The art makes for an interesting view at the sink - which, in many cases, is normally provided by a window.

The art makes for an interesting view at the sink - which, in many cases, is normally provided by a window.

I love this quaint kitchen. . The collection of landscapes makes this space feel homey and welcoming. This kitchen exudes personality and warmth. There’s nothing slick about it!

I love this quaint kitchen. . The collection of landscapes makes this space feel homey and welcoming. This kitchen exudes personality and warmth. There’s nothing slick about it!

Oversize modern art combines with a rustic table and chairs, creating a moment of the unexpected!

Oversize modern art combines with a rustic table and chairs, creating a moment of the unexpected!

Here’s one for my color lovers (me included). The painting - which I adore - was surely the jumping off point for this unapologetically pretty kitchen. The kitchen is humble and definitely not “new” , and they certainly made the most if it!

Here’s one for my color lovers (me included). The painting - which I adore - was surely the jumping off point for this unapologetically pretty kitchen. The kitchen is humble and definitely not “new” , and they certainly made the most if it!

If order is your thing, consider adding a grid style art installation to your kitchen. Related subject matter and matching frames create order and calm in what is typically a busy space in your home.

If order is your thing, consider adding a grid style art installation to your kitchen. Related subject matter and matching frames create order and calm in what is typically a busy space in your home.

Who knew there were so many options when it comes to placing art in your kitchen? It’s a great opportunity to add some beauty in such a hard working space!

The Green Room Interiors is currently accepting new clients for early fall of 2019. If you’re ready to discover the joy of living in easy elegance, contact Kim at 423.653.3186 to schedule your consultation!




Five Little Tricks to Elevating Your Decor

How about today I give you some simple hacks for giving your space a more custom, expensive look without breaking the budget?

I’m going to share my five favorite tips with you that I’ve used time and time again to make any room feel a little bit “extra”.

Here goes:

Grosgrain ribbon - I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used Grosgrain ribbon to add some punch to very simple design elements.

Bonus: Grosgrain ribbon can be found at craft stores - even Walmart has it. The cost is minimal, usually about $3 per roll.

Here’s what grosgrain ribbon can do for you!

See that little green stripe on the drapes that separates the blue velvet from the white linen? Well, that’s the just a band of grosgrain ribbon in the freshest shade of green that makes those curtains extra fabulous.

See that little green stripe on the drapes that separates the blue velvet from the white linen? Well, that’s the just a band of grosgrain ribbon in the freshest shade of green that makes those curtains extra fabulous.

Yep, that’s more grosgrain ribbon , this time in red, to add a little extra detail and color to this custom shower curtain and valance.

Yep, that’s more grosgrain ribbon , this time in red, to add a little extra detail and color to this custom shower curtain and valance.

Here’s a plain cotton pillow that’s been accented with white ribbon trim. I love that it’s so simple in design but it stands out as a bold accent.

Here’s a plain cotton pillow that’s been accented with white ribbon trim. I love that it’s so simple in design but it stands out as a bold accent.

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The image above is from Pottery Barn, but there’s no reason you can’t add simple grosgrain ribbon to a plain lampshade yourself. All it takes is a roll of your favorite color grosgrain ribbon and a hot glue gun. Tip: Ribbon is easiest to apply on a drum shade. Tapered shades are a little more challenging.

And speaking of lampshades, that’s my next tip.

Update your lampshades. Lampshades are becoming important design elements unto themselves, and I’m loving the unexpected hit of color and pattern a fun shade like the one below brings to a space.

Here’s a lampshade I had custom made for a recent project. I loooove it paired with the vintage alabaster lamp. And it brings a little life to an understated corner. Side note: I cannot wait to share this project with you! Lots more to come on this one!

Here’s a lampshade I had custom made for a recent project. I loooove it paired with the vintage alabaster lamp. And it brings a little life to an understated corner. Side note: I cannot wait to share this project with you! Lots more to come on this one!

Honestly - just a clean, updated lampshade will do wonders for your lamps and your room in general - and it’s an absolute must when incorporating vintage lamps! Black shades are particularly chic!

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Images above from a room I decorated for The Junior League of Chattanooga Showhouse a few years ago called “Young Lady’s Retreat” featuring a vintage pineapple lamp updated with a tailored black lampshade.

Images above from a room I decorated for The Junior League of Chattanooga Showhouse a few years ago called “Young Lady’s Retreat” featuring a vintage pineapple lamp updated with a tailored black lampshade.


Paint your trim the same color as your walls. I have to admit - this is a tough one for some people because trim is supposed to some shade of white, right?!?!? Wrong! It’s perfectly acceptable and so so lovely to paint out your trim in a color! Paint the walls in flat or eggshell finish and paint the trim in satin or semi-gloss (in the same color as your walls - or a shade or two darker or lighter). Not only does this method make your room look more expensive, but those baseboards will be much easier to maintain!

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Art - step away from the mass produced stuff!! If purchasing an original piece from a favorite artist is outside of your budget, you can always frame children’s art. I just did this in a client’s house and it turned out so great- even better than expected! Children’s art adds lots of color and it offers a true emotional connection to the art.

Or you could have a favorite photograph framed. A photo from a favorite vacation would be perfect - every time you see it, you would be transported that time and place again - even if just for a moment!

My absolute favorite way to source original or unique art on a budget is to visit local antique malls. You just never know what will turn up!

I found this fine art original portrait at a local antique mall for a song - the gorgeous custom frame included! All I had to do was decide on which wall to place it!

I found this fine art original portrait at a local antique mall for a song - the gorgeous custom frame included! All I had to do was decide on which wall to place it!

Something old. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of recycling vintage decor. Not only does it add character, it makes your home feel more personal and collected. And isn’t interesting far better than just “coordinated”?

In my living room above, nearly everything is vintage, including some of the furniture! The beauty of this is that I’ll never walk into someone else’s home and see the same pieces.

If you’re interested in adding vintage design elements, you can start with something as small as a vase, planter, candlesticks or even vintage books. Before you know it, you’ll be addicted to the thrill of the hunt!

What do you think? Would you try any of these simple tips in your own home?

The Green Room Interiors is accepting new clients for late summer/fall of 2019. Call Kim today to set up your consultation at 423.653.3186 or email thegreenroominteriors@gmail.com


My Favorite Window Treatment Styles

This topic could go on for quite a while, because there are so many options available for window treatments in your home.

I’m going to keep it simple and just talk about my go-to window treatments that I use over and over again.

  1. Curtain panels. My all time favorite because they add softness, drama - and they’re just cozy and wonderful. They can be real statement pieces, or they can be be understated and quiet. It depends on the fabric selection and color.


In this Chattanooga master bedroom, we opted for creamy white linen panels to evoke a quiet and restful mood. Note the woven shades here. They provide light control, privacy and some fabulous texture.

In this Chattanooga master bedroom, we opted for creamy white linen panels to evoke a quiet and restful mood. Note the woven shades here. They provide light control, privacy and some fabulous texture.

Below is another room in the same home. This is the media room, and we went with a fabric in a vibrant orange print. The color selection definitely helps create a more energetic space. We used the same woven shades under layered under the panels for privacy, light control and added texture.

One thing to note here is that since the blinds provide light control and privacy, the curtain panels are strictly decorative. That said, we had them made with extra fullness to work aesthetically with the width of the triple window. Wide windows and skimpy curtains are a no-no.

One thing to note here is that since the blinds provide light control and privacy, the curtain panels are strictly decorative. That said, we had them made with extra fullness to work aesthetically with the width of the triple window. Wide windows and skimpy curtains are a no-no.

Here’s another example of curtain panels (these drapes are functional because they provide light control and privacy to the sunny back veranda). Did you notice these “windows” aren’t windows at all? They’re French doors, and the window treatments frame them so beautifully! We topped these panels with a simple, box pleated valance to create a more finished look.

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Do you see how important fabric selection is? These curtain panels feel so fresh and modern because of the graphic black and white print . This is one of my favorite fabrics of all time, and I love how we punched it up with the orange trim.

2. Roman Shades. Oh, how I love a Roman Shade! They’re so handsome and smart looking. Not to mention super functional!

Here’s where a bold, colorful fabric could have been too much if we had used curtain panels on all of the windows. Roman shades were the perfect solution to providing light control over the existing shutters, and their tailored style keeps the bold print in check. I think having a fabric window treatment in this space really helps soften the hard edges of the brick and wood, and they provide a welcome shot of color!

Here’s where a bold, colorful fabric could have been too much if we had used curtain panels on all of the windows. Roman shades were the perfect solution to providing light control over the existing shutters, and their tailored style keeps the bold print in check. I think having a fabric window treatment in this space really helps soften the hard edges of the brick and wood, and they provide a welcome shot of color!

Here’s a sneak peek of a dining room project that’s complete but not yet professionally photographed. Simple linen roman shades with neutral trim play a supporting role to a yet to be revealed superstar design element that is just out of camera range in this shot. Stay tuned to see more of this gorgeous home soon!

Here’s a sneak peek of a dining room project that’s complete but not yet professionally photographed. Simple linen roman shades with neutral trim play a supporting role to a yet to be revealed superstar design element that is just out of camera range in this shot. Stay tuned to see more of this gorgeous home soon!

Did you know you can combine window treatment styles in the same room? Here we used curtain panels on a traverse rod that spans the entire width of this wall of windows in combination with Roman shades on the French doors. These window treatments share the same fabrics for continuity. I love how crisp these treatments feel.

Did you know you can combine window treatment styles in the same room? Here we used curtain panels on a traverse rod that spans the entire width of this wall of windows in combination with Roman shades on the French doors. These window treatments share the same fabrics for continuity. I love how crisp these treatments feel.

3. Woven shades. I absolutely adore the texture and casual feel of woven shades. I’ve shown examples of them above layered under drapes, but they’re just as gorgeous on their own, and they lend an easy breezy vibe to a room.

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So there you have it! My 3 favorite window treatments that I incorporate time and time again. Usually I like to keep them simple and tailored but have a little fun with fabric selections and trim details.

I’d love to help you find your perfect window treatment style too! Call Kim at 423.653.3186 to set up a consultation.

When Design Styles Collide

When Design styles collide, that’s when the magic happens!

Nothing creates a more interesting, personalized and collected home like mixing Design styles. And I think that very idea intimidates most people. The thought of combining a Colonial dining table with modern chairs just comes with too much margin for error. How do you know which modern chairs will work with your classic dining table? And then what do you do about selecting a rug/light fixture/sideboard/lamps/art/mirror?

I’m not sure mixing design styles is something that can be taught. For me, mixing styles is intuitive - I “just know” what will work!

Take for instance, this Chattanooga client’s living room. We combined these ornate Rococo candle sconces from her collection with a modern drawing that we put in a clean lined glass frame. Opposites truly attract!

Take for instance, this Chattanooga client’s living room. We combined these ornate Rococo candle sconces from her collection with a modern drawing that we put in a clean lined glass frame. Opposites truly attract!

In the same room, a collection of “found” vintage pieces and contemporary works of art work perfectly over this modern sofa. Can you feel the client’s personalities here?

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Same client, same room - modern print curtains provide the backdrop (and fabulous tension) to the antique armchair we had reupholstered in this yummy blue velvet.

Shall we go on?

In this Chattanooga dining room, we combined traditional French Louis chairs with modern art and a contemporary light fixture. More contrast is provided between the rough texture of the bamboo shades and metallic accents on the slick white and gold lamps. OH, and that’s a vintage carnival glass compote on the contemporary buffet!

In this Chattanooga dining room, we combined traditional French Louis chairs with modern art and a contemporary light fixture. More contrast is provided between the rough texture of the bamboo shades and metallic accents on the slick white and gold lamps. OH, and that’s a vintage carnival glass compote on the contemporary buffet!

Here’s a view into this gorgeous eclectic dining room from the kitchen. Viva the mix!

Here’s a view into this gorgeous eclectic dining room from the kitchen. Viva the mix!

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Here’s a recent dining room project that’s both rustic and refined. Artisan crafted table from hand-hewn planks combines with modern skirted dining chairs. Modern art and chandelier provide contrast to the antique Deco sconces and vintage Turkish rug.

This is where the magic happens!!

Yes, mixing Design styles creates memorable rooms. It also creates timeless rooms. Because so many periods and genres are represented, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the room was done. There’s a collected over time feel that will continue to be added to as time marches forward, and each new layer will reveal something more about the people who live there!

So what do you think? Have I convinced you that mixed trumps matched?

If you’re in the Chattanooga area and struggling with creating your own memorable interiors, call Kim at 423.653.3186 to discuss your needs!

Here's Why I Think Chinoiserie is Timeless 2.0

Here is a blog post I wrote 4 years ago about the timelessness of Chinoiserie design elements. My feelings on the subject haven’t changed a bit, so I thought I would share it again today.

No doubt you've noticed the resurgence in popularity for all things Chinoiserie over the past few years, probably (sadly) to the point of oversaturation.  I remain undeterred.  I've loved Chinoiserie design elements for decades (seriously) and even though I'm disheartened to see it become so mainstream, I'm not ready to jump ship yet .

Here's why I think Chinoiserie has staying power.

1.  Chinoiserie prints are nature inspired.


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Mother Nature has always been and always will be the greatest source of design inspiration.  Period. So it stands to reason that if we continue to look to nature for design inspiration, then Chinoiserie prints and wallpapers will always be relevant.


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2. Chinoiserie is Whimsical


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And couldn’t we all use a little humor in our lives?

Can you even look at this without smiling?

Can you even look at this without smiling?

3. Chinoiserie plays well with others. (design styles)

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Here (above) Chinoiserie blends perfectly with the modern console and lighting.

And below, Chinoiserie will always work perfectly with Classic furnishings and antiques!

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Chinoiserie mixed with Louis chairs below - and put together in a most modern way.



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4. Chinoiserie is bold.

Pagoda bed is not for the faint of heart!

Pagoda bed is not for the faint of heart!

The legendary Alex Papachristidis throws caution to the wind with an exuberant textile mix that is accented with whimsical Chinoiserie design elements.

The legendary Alex Papachristidis throws caution to the wind with an exuberant textile mix that is accented with whimsical Chinoiserie design elements.

5. Chinoiserie is timeless. We have been charmed by Chinoiserie for centuries and will continue to be for centuries to come.

The bedroom belong belonged to Oscar de la Renta in 1983.

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Excuse the poor image quality below, but this Billy Baldwin room done sometime in the 1970’s demonstrates Chinoiserie’s staying power!

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I rest my case!

If you’re in the Chattanooga and would like to live in timeless comfort and beauty, give Kim a call at 423.653.3186 . I’d love to hear about your project!







Interior Design Trends for 2019 and What It Means to You

Well, it’s that time of year again where design trends for the new year are being revealed by major media outlets. I always find their predictions so interesting - and to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, who are they to tell us how to live in our homes? I do have some thoughts on said trends and I’ll share those with you today.

  1. Terrazzo is predicted to make a strong comeback, which makes you wonder if there really is anything new under the sun. Terrazzo enjoyed tremendous popularity in the midcentury era because of it’s low cost and low maintenance qualities. It’s also an attractive material because the color and pattern are easily manipulated to create different looks.

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Here terrazzo is used as a counter top in a contemporary setting, but the confetti look of it will show up in smaller home decor items, wallcoverings, and fabric.

Terrazzo rug from Burke Decor.  I don’t currently see myself embracing the Terrazzo trend in a big way, but maybe it will grown on me.    2.  Curvy Furniture  - Perhaps it’s a deliberate counterpoint to all of the angular, modern furniture that’s been dominating interiors over the past several years, but furniture with curves is expected to be popular in 2019.

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I don’t currently see myself embracing the Terrazzo trend in a big way, but maybe it will grown on me.

2. Curvy Furniture - Perhaps it’s a deliberate counterpoint to all of the angular, modern furniture that’s been dominating interiors over the past several years, but furniture with curves is expected to be popular in 2019.

Didn’t realize we were setting trends at the time, but we just ordered this Cayman sofa from Miles Talbott for a client a few weeks ago. She saw this sofa on the sales floor of a local furniture store and absolutely fell in love with it, rejecting all other options we had considered. Because she had such a strong reaction, I wholeheartedly supported her decision, whether it was “on trend for 2019” or not.   A word of caution - sofas that curve have a larger footprint than a standard sofa. Make sure you read the furniture specs carefully to ensure you have the depth that a curved sofa requires!

Didn’t realize we were setting trends at the time, but we just ordered this Cayman sofa from Miles Talbott for a client a few weeks ago. She saw this sofa on the sales floor of a local furniture store and absolutely fell in love with it, rejecting all other options we had considered. Because she had such a strong reaction, I wholeheartedly supported her decision, whether it was “on trend for 2019” or not.

A word of caution - sofas that curve have a larger footprint than a standard sofa. Make sure you read the furniture specs carefully to ensure you have the depth that a curved sofa requires!

3. COLOR! Well now, here’s a trend that makes me happy! And I think we’re talking more than just “pops” of color on neutral backdrops. Ugh. Enough of that look please!!! The pallor of beiges and grays are being replaced with layers of beautiful, vibrant color.

Can you tell I’m on board with this one? Color is everything in a room! It can create mood like nothing else!

Here a calming blue was used in combination with earthy rust accents to create a comfortable master retreat for some wonderful clients in Chattanooga.

Here a calming blue was used in combination with earthy rust accents to create a comfortable master retreat for some wonderful clients in Chattanooga.

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In this Showhouse room by Atlanta’s Gordon Dunning, green is used to create a sophisticated, nature inspired retreat.

In this Showhouse room by Atlanta’s Gordon Dunning, green is used to create a sophisticated, nature inspired retreat.

And speaking of green, look for green to challenge blue as the most favored color of 2019. Green has been my favorite color for decades and I don’t see that changing anytime soon! I’m still so enamored with these fabulous green velvet sofas seen below we used on a recent living room project in Chattanooga!

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4. Kitchens - more classic, less industrial. Is this really a trend? Classic kitchens will always be stylish and in demand. The end.

This will never be wrong or “out”. A white kitchen with timeless finishes is forever stylish. Ditto on the white subway tile splash and polished nickel hardware. Kitchens are too expensive to replace to get sucked in by fleeting trends and wonky lighting - keep it Classic for timeless appeal!

This will never be wrong or “out”. A white kitchen with timeless finishes is forever stylish. Ditto on the white subway tile splash and polished nickel hardware. Kitchens are too expensive to replace to get sucked in by fleeting trends and wonky lighting - keep it Classic for timeless appeal!

I got one more for ya.

5. Murals and Scenic Wallpaper - This trend is already off and running and shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s a sneak peek of a dining room project in Chattanooga that I’ve been working on. It’s nearing completion and this amazing mural is the star of the show. It’s a one of a kind piece created exclusively for this dining room and it ‘s beauty and timeless appeal are undeniable!

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So that’s my take on trends for 2019. Use what you love and it will bring you joy for years to come - regardless of what’s trending!

If you’re ready to create fresh and family friendly interiors that will stand the test of time, give Kim a call at 423.653.3186 to schedule a consultation!

The Most Timeless Print of Them All!

Floral. Ikat. Geometric. Paisley. Block Print. Plaid. Toile. There are so many wonderful prints to work with when it comes to decorating your home! I’ve found that people can be a little reluctant to incorporate prints into their homes - mostly because they’re afraid that whatever print they select will be “out” in a short period of time. I get it - decorating is expensive so we want to select design elements with real staying power!

What if I told you there was one category of print you should never fear?

It’s true and it’s a personal favorite of mine.

It’s the fresh and fabulous stripe!

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Here are striped walls in a mud room in Veronica Beard’s weekend home as seen in Elle Decor. If I’m not mistaken, the stripes were hand painted.


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I can’t get enough of this dramatic Shelley Johnstone designed dining room. The walls are upholstered in a Schumacher stripe. It’s so chic and so pretty - and completely timeless!

But don’t think decorating with stripes is limited to wall treatments.

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These fresh blue and white striped chairs are in the home of Nashville designer Sarah Bartholomew. Stripes just never get old!

It’s also hard (for me) to resist a striped rug.

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Did you even know you can have more than one stripe in a room? Here Mark D. Sikes fearlessly placed a striped sofa right on top of a striped rug! I love this room!!

Love these striped roman shades (below) in Harlem based designer Sheila Bridges’ chic and colorful kitchen.

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For the timid decorator, striped pillows are a great way to interject the fresh, timeless feel of stripes to your room, ala Suzanne Kasler (seen below).

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Here are a few more striped goodies to inspire. Enjoy!

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If you’re feeling overwhelmed about decorating your home, give Kim at a call at 423.653.3186 and let’s work together to create place you’ll be thrilled to come home to!



The Fifth Wall

I'm sure you've heard the expression "the fifth wall" before, but in case you haven't, we're talking about ceilings - typically the most underutilized parcel of real estate in our homes.

Have you heard?  They don't have to be painted "ceiling white".  

As a passionate professional decorator, it's pretty exciting to think about the possibilities that exist for ceiling decoration.  And they don't all have to be overly complex or dramatic.

It can be as simple as using your favorite color on the ceiling, as seen in this collected living room by Tilton Fenwick.  The pink ceiling is unexpected but really warms up the space and makes it feel intimate.

 

   You could even push the envelope a little further by wallpapering the ceiling, as Shelley Johnstone did below with this amazing Fornasetti malachite wallpaper.    Gorgeous!   

 

You could even push the envelope a little further by wallpapering the ceiling, as Shelley Johnstone did below with this amazing Fornasetti malachite wallpaper.  

Gorgeous!

 

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A strong architectural statement can be created on the ceiling by combining beefy moldings over a lacquered watery blue finish.  Stunning dining room below is by Atlanta designer Suzanne Kasler.

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Finally, if you want to go all out and really create a memorable environment, consider a tented ceiling.  It's not for the faint of heart, but it's my favorite of all of the ceiling treatments!

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This room (above) was part of the Southern Living idea house a few years ago.  It was designed by architect and designer Bill Ingram, and it's unforgettably beautiful.  I love how it's a little over the top but still incorporates simple, nature inspired design elements.  Good stuff!

I hope I've inspired you to explore all of the possibilities with the fifth walls in your home!