Rustic wood ceiling

by brae  

My initial idea for the ceiling in The Artist's Studio was to have a wood plank surface here as well as on the floor.  This is a mockup with a sheet of Southern Pine flooring propped in place.  I would need to have finishing trim around the edges since it is just a fraction too short.

I do like it but am not sure if it will work for a number of reasons.  The wood of the floor and that of the ceiling won't be a precise match.  The wood used for the floor is too thick to also use on the ceiling, and I doubt I would have enough to cover the ceiling surface.  It might be too much natural wood grain for a smaller space.

I could grey-wash the ceiling wood to keep the grain but tone down the natural wood tones  (see this example from Armstrong).  I was also planning to paint the trim and windows white.

The walls in the living area will be grey - possibly two tones of grey: Daler-Rowney Dreadnought Grey and Canson Pearl Grey (shown here with Canson Ivory used in the bathroom).

I'll finish up the floor and install the wallpaper before making a final decision.

14 comments

Comment from: Liduina [Visitor]
I think a grey-wash is a good solution. Don't you want a few supporting beams all over the ceiling, or do you want to keep the studio very modern? Well, I will wait and see the approach you have chosen....
02/14/13 @ 03:08
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
What about dry brushing the wood white??
02/14/13 @ 03:27
Comment from: Kikka [Visitor]
Wow, your interior looks so wonderful that I`d love to move in :) Happy Valentines Day to You! Hugs Kikka
02/14/13 @ 05:04
Comment from: Mad for Mod [Visitor]
I love the variations in the wood on the floor. I agree, I think the wood on the ceiling is a bit too even in color compared to the floor.
02/14/13 @ 05:23
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
Can't wait to see what you decide. :D I'm planning my garden center ceiling. It will have wooden beams. Not sure what to do with the spaces between them. I like your paper color choices.
02/14/13 @ 06:17
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
I think you're right that the wood repeated on the ceiling will make it look too "heavy", and the grey wood might do the same. What about utilizing a lighter grey within your palate for the walls to maintain the feeling of height and light? I hesitate to suggest this because whatever you decide to do, your work always turns out stunning and beautiful! :)
02/14/13 @ 07:54
Comment from: brae [Member]
I don't mind suggestions at all! They keep the creative process going. :yes: I will try out a few things before gluing anything in place. &#59;D
02/14/13 @ 08:25
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Artists tend to want white ceilings to reflect more light and not alter the color tone of the light in the room too much.... I think the idea of the planks painted white would elevate the heavier feeling and be more realistic.... Just my two cents worth! You have Impeccable taste... so I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
02/14/13 @ 09:49
Comment from: Idske [Visitor]
Hi Brae, I went to classes with several different artists and they all had white ceilings in their north facing studios to reflect the light. I would use the wood but paint it white or very light grey. But of course, I'm changing the rules as I go along all the time, putting Dutch tiles in the kitchen of my Georgian house, so who am I to make any suggestions? :)) Love the floor!
02/14/13 @ 17:09
Comment from: brae [Member]
I think I'm torn between design aesthetic and practicality, and I'm leaning more toward design aesthetic. &#59;D The front wall will be all windows, and if the light is that bad...my mini artist can paint outside on the deck! :))
02/14/13 @ 17:42
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
While I'm not usually one for a lot of interior wood in real life, I actually quite like the wood floor and ceiling in the studio and I think when the furniture is in the studio and there is a splash of colour it will all blend in well. I think lights will reflect well off the wood and give a nice warm glow.
02/14/13 @ 19:41
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
You've had so many helpful suggestions, I don't think there's anything else I can add. Now all you have to do is digest everything and let your muse lead you.
02/14/13 @ 21:28
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
I like the washed effect.
02/18/13 @ 09:25
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, everyone!!! :D
02/18/13 @ 22:15


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