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The Fifth Wall

Elevating Your Ceiling Design

When it comes to designing the interior of a space, most people think about the furniture, the floor, and the four walls, but there is one wall that is often entirely overlooked: the ceiling. As the upper interior of a room, the ceiling is the fifth wall, and a decorative surface in its own right. A creative ceiling design draws the eye up, becoming a unique feature separate from the furniture, area rug, and art. 

We encourage you to journey beyond the mundane white ceiling and dare to make an impression. Here are a few of our favorite ideas to turn your ceiling into a statement wall that adds a wow factor to any room. 

The easiest tip is to pull a color from the room’s design palette and paint the ceiling in that color. To create a bespoke look, use the selected color in a faux finish applied to the ceiling. Venetian plaster is always a beautiful option!

Installing a natural material to the ceiling, like bamboo or grass cloth, creates a layered look while adding an element of texture to the room design. Use darker colors for a bit of drama, and lighter colors to evoke peace and the feeling of being close to nature.

Architectural elements like tongue-and-groove wood planks or crown molding turn ordinary ceilings into focal points. Painting or staining them in bold colors will make them showstoppers.

Whatever your preference, be daring when it comes to designing the fifth wall. Your newly designed ceiling will be worthy of a double take.

With design studios in Palm Beach, FL and Martha’s Vineyard, Gil Walsh Interiors provides residential, commercial, and marine interior design services with a focus on traditional, transitional, and contemporary designs. To schedule a consult with one of our interior designers, please contact us by email. For additional design inspiration, we invite you to connect with Gil Walsh Interiors on Instagram and Facebook.