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Wallpaper Ceilings

Look up. See white?

If yes, you are missing a huge opportunity to make a bold statement for minimal effort. The Victorians understood that the ceiling was as important as the walls and floor. A ceiling is a blank canvas framed by the walls. Leaving it white is a waste of the room’s decorative potential. Here’s why:

1. Ceilings have a decorative function; they literally can raise the roof. Decorated ceilings can lift a room’s perceived height.

2. Like a carpet, a decorated ceiling can pull together all decorative elements (furniture, painting, window treatments, etc.).

3. It can be a high impact-low cost strategy to decorate a room.

To wallpaper a ceiling you use less than one-third of the wallpaper needed to cover the walls. Mixing and matching striped wallpaper for borders is a way to define various fields of color within the room without the cost of decorative paint. Above is a Victorian wallpapered ceiling. Take a decorating tip from the Victorians and raise the ceilings in your home.

Don’t forget to look up!

The decorating inspiration for the PBS “Mercy Street” TV series comes from the Carlyle House in Alexandria. While the show’s producers were unable to shoot at the real Mercy Street location in Old Town Alexandria, the set design and decoration is inspired from the actual Carlyle House. I was fortunate to work on the Carlyle House about five years ago. For decorating and TV buffs, watching this series is a pleasure of historic and decorating insights.

If you are interested in seeing the original building where the events of the Mercy Street show takes place, visit the Carlyle House.  The house is on the National Historic Register.