Interior Designer Susanna Salk Reveals Most Ignored Design Detail

Many homeowners decide to make updates to their homes and change up their interior designs during the spring and summer months, but according to the Huffington Post, interior designer and author of the new book “Decorate Fearlessly” Susanna Salk has revealed that there’s one thing that a lot of people forget — the ceiling.

Most people spend time picking out the perfect wood for their flooring, the exact right shade for their carpeting and area rugs, and the paint color for the walls, but Salk says that painting the ceiling can make a huge difference in the overall design of a room.

Changes in furniture and elegant drapery can change the entire look and feel of a room, but Salk says that painting the ceiling — even just a few shades different from the color of the walls — can make a huge impact.

Not only does painting the ceiling draw the eye upward and make the room seem bigger, it is also much more visually interesting than a plain white ceiling.

“I don’t mean suddenly going crazy and making it a super dark color if you have light colors on the wall, but just another shade that’s different, that kind of draws your eye up,” Salk explains. “It also makes the room feel bigger and it gives that sense of whimsy that every room needs.”

If a homeowner really wants to add interest with prints and patterns on the ceiling, Salk warns that there is a right and wrong way to do it.

“If you do a pattern ceiling, you just have to make sure that pattern and color is somehow echoed in pattern of the fabric or the rug or the colorations that you use below, so it doesn’t stand out so much that it detracts from the rest of the room,” Salk cautioned. “It has to harmonize somehow while still bringing your eye up and calling attention to itself.”

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