The idea of creating a wow factor when designing a room can help bring purpose and definition to your design decisions. If you begin with a few wow factor pieces (lighting for example) or ideas (a fabulous ceiling) you can build your entire design from there. This past week several questions in our Just Ask category had to do with how to create a wow factor in kitchens, to quote a reader, ” how, when all you really have are a bunch of cabinets”. I love designing kitchens, there are so many opportunities to create some wow; lighting, glass cabinets, cabinet finishes, counter tops, kitchen islands, hoods, windows and ceilings just to name a few LOL. Today we are talking about the least popular and most overlooked wow factor opportunity in the kitchen, the ceiling. Above, a cottage inspired kitchen adds rustic charm with a natural finish wood ceiling. I love how the wood ceiling treatment creates a cozy feel even with the tall ceiling height.
When you have two islands and varied counter tops I really like the idea of creating an interesting ceiling detail. It will bring the eye up and create some additional symmetry between the two large structures in the room. Here, a tin ceiling material is inset with fabulous vintage inspired pendents to mirror the era of the tin ceiling, creating a vintage wow factor.
Above, a painted version of the wood ceiling detail using bead-board or slats of wood to create this look. I am in love with this ceiling color and the contrast to the espresso floor finish and crisp white cabinets. Below, a coffered ceiling is one of my personal favorite ways to bring in a wow factor to your kitchen. Designer tip: a coffered ceiling is a wow factor that can go in just about any room of your home, all white or with painted centers for an additional design detail.
The next two kitchens are stunning examples of exposed beams and opening up the ceiling. The first in a painted white version with a fabulous wow factor window and the second using reclamined lumber and industrial light fixtures for a touch of lodge.
Exposed brick bliss, I am a huge fan of using the natural elements of your home. This ceiling below adds another dimension to the design with massive beams and arches in addition to the exposed brick. When designing your kitchen, did you consider making the ceiling a wow factor and if so, what did you do?