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Things are Lookin’ Up – Ceiling Trim

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we have a long living room.  When you walk in from the entryway, you turn to the right, and there it is.  Stretching out in front of you.  I was noticing before I changed the wall paint color, and I was working on a ceiling color, that there is a lot of ceiling to be seen in this room.  It kept jumping out at me, and let’s face it, my ceiling is snoozeville.  So the wheels began turning, and my hubby came up with the idea to add molding to make it more interesting.  Yes, he is a stud.

Of course, I had to gather some inspiration images, and though there are some fancier shapes and designs in here, I think the photos with simple crown molding added to the ceiling are really striking.  See for yourself…

flickr

flickr

invitinghome.com

invitinghome.com

Love the design of this one, very Greek key-esque.  I actually may consider this pattern for my girls room.

thehausdoctor.com

thehausdoctor.com

The ceiling is black in there like the picture below, so I think the white trim would really pop.

AStoriedStyle.com

mitrecontracting.com

mitrecontracting.com

AStoriedStyle.com

Here’s where we start getting fancy, folks!  All of these images were taken from this post on shelterness.com (there are several more inspiration photos on this site), which sadly did not have any image sources.

AStoriedStyle.com

AStoriedStyle.com

AStoriedStyle.com

AStoriedStyle.com

AStoriedStyle.com

AStoriedStyle.com

Grab your favorite molding, your trusty ladder, a miter saw, a nail gun, and some paint, and get to work making your ceilings beautiful!  Who’s on board?

Written by Grace

Ribbon Trim & Upholstery

Quatrine

Quatrine

I love ribbon trim.  On just about anything.  However, I especially love it on sofas and loveseats.  It just adds that extra sense of “I’m special!”  A white sofa is instantly transformed with a touch of grosgrain in your favorite hue.

By the way, grosgrain is pronounced gro-grain.  I want you to be in-the-know!  You’re welcome.

 

I am crazy over this green velvet number.  I think a green velvet sofa is in my future.

Palmer Weiss

Palmer Weiss

 

Classic black and white is lovely, too.

House Pretty

House Pretty

 

I really like the pattern of this trim.

Midwest Home

Midwest Home

 

A simple band around the bottom can add extra interest to an otherwise plain sofa.

Source Unknown

Source Unknown

 

Tobi Fairley’s designs are stunning.  This entire room is gorgeous – you can check it out on her blog here.

Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley

Tobi Fairley

 

This designer’s living room especially made me smile.  I found three different versions of it.  Hmmm…reminds me of someone I know.  Glad I’m not the only one with a “rearrange the living room” problem!

Version A

Irene Langlois

Irene Langlois

 

Version B

Irene Langlois

Irene Langlois

 

Version C

Irene Langlois

Irene Langlois

Irene Langlois

Irene Langlois

I have to tell you, if I had a sofa that was a little older and maybe on its way out, I would totally grab some Fabri-tac and some grosgrain (I would prefer at least two inch, maybe three) in a shade that coordinated with my room, and go to town.  You would have to be careful about the corners, but I definitely think it is doable.  I am a firm believer in making little changes in a room you are not happy about.  Little improvements here and there can really give you a new appreciation of a space you don’t have the money to make over.  My husband and I used to have cardboard boxes for coffee tables!  I would simply change out the fabric or paper on them as I so desired.  It really helped distract me from the awful saggy couch we had and brightened the room!

Of course, ideally, one would have an upholsterer perform this task, but I do think it would be a fairly simple DIY with some planning and patience.

What do you think of ribbon trim on upholstery?  Love it or leave it?

P.S.  If you need a good laugh today, you should head over to this post on Emily Henderson’s blog (you may recognize her from HGTV where she hosts her own show, “Secrets from a Stylist”), and read her BFF (also on the show) Orlando Soria’s male perspective on Alt.  Hilarious!

from left to right: Gabrielle Blair (blogs at DesignMom.com), Emily Henderson (HGTV’s Secrets from a Stylist, blogs at StylebyEmilyHenderson.com), me, Jenny Komenda (blogs at LittleGreenNotebook.blogspot.com)

Written by Grace

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