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10 decorating ideas for Ceilings!

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Ceilings are sometimes called the fifth wall. Ceilings often go ignored and unadorned, even though they are the first thing you see when you wake up. You may have even bought your house because of the high ceilings. Painting a ceiling is an added opportunity to use color in a room. Decorate your ceiling to highlight your room.

Here are some options to bring the well deserved attention to your ceiling.

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Lighting

A well decorated ceiling usually has a wonderful light fixture such as a chandelier or beautiful ceiling fan. Think of the lighting fixture as the jewelry for the room. Choose an elaborate chandelier or interesting paper shade. Top it off with a ceiling medallion for added flair. You can also get a LED light display on your ceiling. The displays usually depicts outer space with moving lights.

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Painted ceilings

Since most everyone has a white ceiling, consider painting your ceiling a color other than white. You can select a color slightly lighter than your wall color, slightly darker than your wall color, one one completely different than your wall color. Consider using a metallic paint on the ceiling in one special room - perhaps the dining room, entry way, powder bath, or master bedroom.

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Murals

You can paint a mural on your ceiling. Murals are very popular in round entryways, dining room, and children's rooms. The possibilities are endless.

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Tin ceilings

Pressed tin ceilings have been popular for many years. They are beautiful and reflect light into the room. They can be painted, or left as a shiny metal color of your choice.

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Wallpaper

You can wallpaper your ceiling. Wallpapers come in many different patterns and colors so there is bound to be one that fits your style.

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Wood ceiling

Wood ceilings add a lot of character to a room. They come in all different species and shades of wood.

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Moldings

You can add moldings to your ceiling. Crown molding is very popular, but you can also add decorative moldings for a more custom look. Ceiling medallions are also popular, especially those that mount underneath chandeliers. Trim can also be placed on the perimeter of the ceiling to create an elegant room or faux tray ceiling. If your room lacks architectural interest, molding can be an inexpensive fix.

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Wood beams

For a room with tall ceilings, you can add faux wood beams. The beams will add warmth and character and draw attention to the volume of the room. Wood beams or faux beams can be installed on a ceiling for color and interest. Beams can be found in traditional and rustic house. For a garden theme consider putting a trellis on your ceiling. Beams can be painted the same color as the ceiling or a darker brown or black to make the architectural element pop.

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Wall Decal

Wall decals are becoming very popular. There are many options available and many online companies will even do a custom decal to your specifications.

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Fabric

Tenting a ceiling adds a dramatic, romantic element to the room. If you're not up for such an extensive project, consider using fabric on a smaller scale. Make use of a canopy bed and drape linen fabric over the top for a modern look. But doesn't this nursery fabric ceiling look amazing!

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com

Are you thinking of decorating your ceiling? Do you think that you are likely to paint, add molding  or a mural on your home ceiling in the near future? If so please let me know about your choices or any advice your need by leaving a comment!

Feng Shui Bed Guidelines - Do You Have a Good Feng Shui Bed and Bedroom?- Part 3

 

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 Feng Shui Solutions for Your Bed & Bedroom Challenges

The truth you need to know is that very few bedrooms have perfect feng shui. Unless you had the luck of designing and building your house with feng shui in mind, you will, most probably, have to face some challenges while creating a good feng shui bedroom. 

Without any further introductions, let's go straight to the challenges you might encounter in a modern bedroom and find the best feng shui solutions for a good feng shui bedroom you absolutely deserve! 

Let's start with the biggest, or most common feng shui challenges in a modern bedroom.

MOST COMMON FENG SHUI BEDROOM CHALLENGES:

  

Mirror facing the bed You probably know that a mirror facing the bed is a big feng shui red flag, or a feng shui "NO!" for a good bedroom. Either a mirror from a closet door, a mirror from a piece of furniture or a free standing mirror - you do not want a mirror to reflect your bed across or above it when you are sleeping. It is a disturbance to your resting time.

Bed in line with the door Be it the bedroom door, the door to the balcony/patio, the ensuite bathroom door or your closet doors, you do not want your bed in line with any of the doors in your bedroom.

Beams, ceiling fan or a chandelier above your bed The only thing you want above your bed when you sleep is a soft canopy. This is about it. Nothing heavy, nothing hanging, please do not hang chimes and bells above your head, this is bad feng shui.

 

Sharp angles (sha chi, or poison arrows) pointing at you when you sleep Be it from the nearby nightstands, from a further away piece of furniture, such as a chest of drawers, or from a sharp wall corner - be sure to neutralize all the sharp energy aiming at your bed. 

Bed under the window In addition to a good headboard, you always want to have a solid wall behind your bed. When you sleep under the window, your personal energy tends to get weaker in time, as it has neither proper support, not protection.  Windows on the side of your bed are good.

 

Bed under a sloped ceiling When you spend time under a sloped ceiling, your energy is being heavily constricted and is under constant pressure. As nighttime is the only time when your body can do the deep work of regenerating itself, sleeping under a sloped ceiling restricts this work, thus one's health may suffer. Sleeping in a bed under a sloped ceiling can also contribute to emotional instability and low energy. 

Bed with access from only one side A bed with access from only ones side limits the flow of energy to your bed. While it looks like all is quite and you are sleeping, your body is busy doing a lot of work and is looking to use all the energy it can to improve your health. When the flow of energy to your bed is restricted, your body does not receive the optimum help it needs. In addition, if you are in an intimate love relationship, having a bed with access from only one side can limit the open flow of communication between partners. 

 

For more information email marie@manobluedesign.com and visit our site on www.manobluedesign.com