I love decorative ceilings. Wallpapered, tin, decorative painted tile, or hand plastered patterns, I love ceilings with a bit of detail to them.
We have a small kitchen by most standards so I thought a tin ceiling might be a bit overwhelming, especially as I did not want to paint it. I opted to keep them unpainted and had the contractor create a recessed ceiling in the middle of the room where he installed the tin tiles and framed them with a dark cherry wood crown molding. I was very happy with the results.
Here are some of my inspiration pictures (from m-boss.com):
I love the look of decorative (faux tin) tiled ceilings too, and my husband installed some in our half-bath downstairs.
These were my inspiration pictures from Armstrong:
We also are very lucky to have hand-plastered decorative ceilings in our living room and dining room (two of the very few lucky things about living in an old house!). Unfortunately, and not so very lucky, the plaster is cracking in some places and it will cost a fortune to have them restored!
Our living room ceiling has a leaf patterned border, my husband at one time had painted the leaves green, but the last time he painted the ceilings I didn't have the heart to make him do it again. He's not as young as he used to be, and even when he was younger he was complaining, saying I thought he must be Michelangelo, to have him paint the ceiling like that!
Here is an example of a beautiful hand plastered restoration created by Thayer Smith Restoration:
I also love the use of wallpaper to create a ceiling with interest. These photos are from Urban Revivals:
My husband is great at the DIY projects, but to create those wallpapered ceilings looks like pain-staking work. I think it would be easier to get him to paint the leaves again!
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