A tray ceiling (a ceiling with series of steps or layers) can be a special architectural feature in a home. Lately, I’ve chosen paint colors for several rooms with some MEGA tray ceilings – so many layers that they rival a towering wedding cake. It’s a very dramatic architectural feature, to say the least.
This is a story of a lovely client whose husband contacted me about giving his wife a bedroom makeover for her birthday:
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When I first met with my client to discuss the changes she might like, I learned that while she didn’t dislike her master bedroom, the custom silk draperies had begun rot from sun exposure and the custom bedding was showing some wear and tear that couldn’t be repaired. Here is a photo of the room the first day I saw it:
A lovely room. Notice all those layers in the tray ceiling:
Can you see why I liken it to a wedding cake? I spoke with my client about how she’d like her room to be different – the answer was: less formal and brighter. All the existing furniture would remain – this was more about a shift in color and fabrics. We decided on a combination of custom bedding and ready-made curtains and a slight change in the color palette. Notice that the way we hung the new window treatments lest in much more light into the room:
We also changed out the lampshades and added a few custom pillows for the bed and chair. Let me show you how we painted out that wedding cake trey ceiling:
It’s still an impressive effect, just not as showy. The dark color in the uppermost tray looks like night sky, and the overall effect is less dizzying than the way it was painted out before.
I think the room looks fresher, don’t you? Here’s a view from another angle:
I love the fabrics we chose for the bedding. We moved away from the raw silk she had before and opted for less formal fabrics in varied textures.
We brightened up the master bathroom while we were at it. The walls were brown and the ceiling was a grayed-blue. Here’s a before photo:
You may notice that the ceiling paint color in the bathroom appears to be in the same family as the ceiling paint color in the bedroom, just a few shades lighter. So, we left the bathroom ceiling as-is and chose to continue the new bedroom wall color into the bathroom to unite the entire space. The darker bedroom ceiling color would have been too dark for this lower ceiling. Here’s the after:
You can see how the wall color picks up the accent tile in the shower. I love how the colors flow from one room into the other.
The changes we made are subtle, but I think they go a long way in updating and brightening this master bedroom and bathroom. What’s your favorite thing about these rooms?
Just in case you’re wondering, the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) convention in Las Vegas last week went GREAT! I’ll share more about my experience there later this week.
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