One decorative idea that has caught on significantly in recent years, especially with the boom in inspirational social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram, has been the statement wall. By picking a single plane sat in splendid isolation within your room, you can really let your personality come to life with a bold colour, unusual pattern, different textures or natural materials.
However, times move on, trends come and go, and these days the statement wall is becoming a little bit ten-a-penny. So what next? The statement floor and ceiling of course!
Statement floors and ceilings are nothing new. Go to any ecclesiastical building (the Sistine Chapel being the most notable) and you won’t fail to be impressed by the artistry in the roof space and across the floor.
With department stores becoming our modern day equivalent of cathedrals, it’s no surprise that retail spaces have started to lead the way in making floors and ceilings a key feature.
As customers wander round a shop, leisure facility or conference centre, the eye will often wander upwards and downwards, rather than stay focused on one thing, meaning that professional interior designers must now pay real attention to what’s above our heads and beneath our feet.
As with many interior design ideas, this trend has now moved into the home, with designers increasingly focusing more on statement ceilings and floors, whilst walls remain neutral.
Many parts of the home lend themselves perfectly to this type of design, but how can this be achieved in the more functional rooms, such as your kitchen?
Statement floor & ceiling ideas
Starting with your kitchen ceiling, you may be lucky enough to live in a home that already has some form of decorative feature, such as wooden beams or a lighting medallion. If so, there are a number of ways to enhance these features using different paint colours.
However, the majority of us live in homes where the kitchen ceiling is universally bland. But there is no reason that you cannot unlock your creative side and make a bold statement up above.
Stripes are perhaps one of the easiest and most effective ways of creating a statement ceiling or floor in your kitchen. For your ceiling, pick a suitable accent colour and make sure you measure and mark out your guidelines beforehand, using a suitable straight edge. For your floor, you can easily create a striped effect using tiles, or why not go a step further and paint a pattern across your units and carry this on across the floor?
Of course, a statement ceiling can also be achieved through careful consideration of your kitchen lighting. A lighting fixture that draws the eye upwards or highlights your design is desirable. You can also create a fake medallion around your light fitting using a stencil and some gold paint, like the one pictured, available from Etsy.com.
Textures & finishes
No, we’re not suggesting returning to the dark days of the 1970s with artex or polystyrene ceiling tiles, but there are a wide range of modern, tactile ceiling tiles available that will make the look and feel of your ceiling more appealing. You could even paint your ceiling in a darker tone, to create a starlit sky.
Mirrored or reflective finishes are fun to experiment with and can be used on your floor to enhance the feeling of light and space.
Materials like wood help to bring that warm and welcoming feeling to your kitchen, giving a cosy and homely feel.
Even if you’re focusing on your ceiling and floor, that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the rest of your kitchen. Buy your kitchen worktops direct from HCSupplies and not only will you come across a huge range of beautiful laminate worktops and quality solid surface worktops, but you’ll also save plenty of cash, so the budget for your statement ceiling and floor can stretch just that little bit further!