Nothing is more rich and traditional than a wood ceiling. Whether planks or beams, a wood ceiling adds interest and architectural detail. When designing a room with a wood ceiling, it is vital to balance the ceiling with lighter colors so the room doesn't appear small. A wood or wood beam ceiling is a traditional design style, so choose furnishings and other accents that reflect traditional or eclectic decor. Mix wood tones, but keep it to two per room. Match large wood furniture such as tables and cabinetry to the ceiling, and add lighter color accent pieces.
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Paint the walls a light color. Wood ceilings can make a room appear smaller, and painting the surrounding walls a light color will balance the darkness and minimize this effect. This is especially important if the floors are also a dark color. The light color will also make the ceiling the focal point of the room.
Choose lighter flooring. If your ceiling is 20 feet high, a dark ceiling may not dwarf the room. But for rooms with ceilings under 10 feet, when choosing flooring, a lighter color floor will balance the darkness of the ceiling. The floor can be darker than the wall color and still make the room appear its size and highlight the ceiling as the focal point. If you are not changing the flooring and it is dark, put a light colored rug down for color balance.
Balance the windows with drapery in a dark color. Since the walls and flooring are light in color balancing the ceiling, hang drapery in a mid to dark tone to bring out the color of the wood.
Position furniture in the room in different tones. Use large pieces, such as the bed in a bedroom or the sofa and loveseat in the living room in darker colors, and accent pieces in lighter upholstery. Bring in an accent color, and repeat that color at least three times around the room. If you want a red accent chair, add red pillows on the couch and an art piece on the wall with red in it. Also add red accessories on tables and built-in shelving.
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