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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!

Top 10 Feng Shui Tips to Enhance Your Home & Change Your Life

picture-28 1. The most important Feng Shui tip of all: clear the clutter! Ask yourself two questions about every item in your home: Do I love it? Is it useful to me right now? You need a YES to at least one - preferably both - of those questions to retain the item. Otherwise, it's not only NOT doing you any good, it's taking away some of the positive chi (life force energy) that might otherwise surround you. What you will have created is a sanctuary! Imagine this: stepping into a home where you're surrounded ONLY by items you love and that are useful to you. Everywhere your eye lands is pleasing to you. Pure bliss! It's truly an act of faith - having faith that God/Source/the Universe will indeed provide all that you need when you need it and you can let go of all that doesn't work for you right now. You can let go of the stack of magazines or old newspapers that is 6 feet high, because that information you need that's 6" off the floor will find its way to you through some other avenue, rest assured.

2. Make your entryway inviting. As people drive by - or walk by your apartment in the hall - they should be intrigued and pleased enough to want to get to know you. use mats, wreaths, banners, flags, color - whatever works for YOU - to design an entry that is alive, for the front door is the portal for all the Good of the Universe to come your way. Accordingly, USE your front door! If not every day - which would be best - at least every few days, bring your energy through those doors and invite in all manner of Good/God.

3. Claim your space! make sure you have house numbers - or apartment numbers - and your name clearly identified at your home's entry. If people can't find you easily and effortlessly, then Universal Abundance will have a hard time getting to you as well. After all, Publisher's Clearinghouse needs to know EXACTLY where to deliver that check!

4. Make sure all your doors and drawers do not stick. All should open easily and effortlessly. Don't put up with little aggravations, because they drag down energy - yours and the home's - in a BIG way. You'll be amazed what a difference it makes in your life when you literally have a good handle on things.

5. Replace all the burned-out light bulbs in the home and consider upping the wattage in key areas. Light is life! It's good chi. Efforts to find your soulmate or your career or good health can be helped by simply putting a little light on the subject. Enliven that area of the bagua (back right corner for relationship, center for health, center front for career) in your home and see if that area of life doesn't become just a little bit clearer for you.

6. Never seat yourself in a vulnerable position. Have a view of the doorway from your chair (whether it's your chair in the living room or your seat in the office). Just like the Mafia don or the bear in the cave, don't sit with your back to the door. You want to see what's coming up, don't you? Have a view of, preferably, ALL the doorways into the room. That way, you can rest easy and devote all your energies to the task at hand, whatever that may be.

***The same holds true for the cook standing at the stove. If you can't see the reflection of what's behind you in the microwave above your stove, place a mirror or reflective object at the back of the burners or on the wall. The stove is a financial center in your home, so if the cook is startled, finances may suffer.

***Ditto for the bedroom. Your headboard should not be along the same wall as the door. When you sit up in bed, you should be able to view the doorway across the room, but NOT be in the direct line of the doorway with your feet pointing directly out the door. Doorways and hallways channel the chi throughout the home. Those pathways are akin to streets, where the chi is active and threatening. Laying in the path of the door with the door closed is like laying in the street, but the light is red. How good does that feel?

7. Use ALL the burners on your stovetop to invite multiple avenues of prosperity into your life. Each burner represents one avenue of prosperity, so don't limit yourself and think that all your abundance comes just from that one paycheck. God wants you to prosper - in ALL ways! So overlay the bagua (hexagram) on the stovetop and when you cook (or if you don't cook, just boil water or potpourri!), set your intention to light a fire in your relationship (back right corner) or get your prosperity burning (back left corner), instead of just using the 2 burners in front. Knowledge (in both this dimension and beyond) is front left corner. Helpful People & Travel - which is all about connection and synchronicity and being at the right place at the right time - would be the front right burner. So if you need to stoke the fire in either of those areas, just set your intention and go for it!

8. Assure a meandering flow through your home, with no obstacles to your path. Feng Shui is all about bringing nature's flow indoors. Any obstacles to free, easy movement INSIDE your home or apartment can outpicture as obstacles to health, relationship, career, etc. OUTSIDE those walls.

9. Remember: "Wherever the eye goes, the chi goes." Pull your attention to that which pleases and uplifts you. That means, either keep your toilet seat down OR the bathroom door closed OR place beautiful plants, pictures or candles atop the toilet tank. After all, you don't want the positive energy in your home going down the toilet, so pull your eye away from that bowl.

10. Use the Three Secrets Reinforcement in every Feng Shui "cure" you implement. "Cures" are the actions you take to change the energy of your home. You can make those "cures" triply-effective by incorporating body, mind AND speech in all your efforts. That's the essence of the Three Secrets Reinforcement: Take an action, speak to your intention AND envision that glorious outcome coming true. Each of those elements - actions, words and thoughts - are powerful and can change the world. Imagine how life-changing it can be to incorporate all three!

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