LOOK UP...WHAT DO YOU SEE?

If you are at home and you look up you likely see a flat painted drywall ceiling. If you are at work chances are you are looking at a flat acoustic tile ceiling. The ceilings in the spaces we live and work in are too often overlooked. Imagine if every time we went outside the sky was a flat white with no blue or clouds, no stars, no changing colours of sunsets or sunrises. We can't imagine this, and yet we so often overlook the "sky" of the spaces we spend 2/3 of our time in. Making ceilings dynamic and uplifting does not have to cost a lot of money...often just requires some imagination. The following photos are some examples of some of my favourite "ceiling skies"

This ceiling is made with clear acrylic panels laid into an acoustic ceiling grid that has been painted black. The track lighting above sparkles through the transparent panels and creates an illusion of depth. The black frames have been repeated in the wall photos, providing drama and unity in the space.

This ceiling is made with clear acrylic panels laid into an acoustic ceiling grid that has been painted black. The track lighting above sparkles through the transparent panels and creates an illusion of depth. The black frames have been repeated in the wall photos, providing drama and unity in the space.

This ceiling has been layered to provide different levels of lighting. The perimeter cove lighting creates the illusion that the walls extend upward. The lighting above the bed canopy makes the ceiling appear to "float" above the canopy. The canopy itself defines the sleeping area and gives the bed an intimate and cozy vibe.

This ceiling has been layered to provide different levels of lighting. The perimeter cove lighting creates the illusion that the walls extend upward. The lighting above the bed canopy makes the ceiling appear to "float" above the canopy. The canopy itself defines the sleeping area and gives the bed an intimate and cozy vibe.

The original cove ceiling in this space was highlighted by painting the area between the beams lemon yellow. The brilliant colour beautifully balances all the rich textures in the room.

The original cove ceiling in this space was highlighted by painting the area between the beams lemon yellow. The brilliant colour beautifully balances all the rich textures in the room.

This high cove ceiling was covered with a dramatic wall covering print that creates the design focus for the room and visually anchors the ceiling in the tall space . The careful balance of black and white and textures in the other areas of the space tie it all together.

This high cove ceiling was covered with a dramatic wall covering print that creates the design focus for the room and visually anchors the ceiling in the tall space . The careful balance of black and white and textures in the other areas of the space tie it all together.

Lighting can be used to create a sculptural element on the ceiling. This modular light system has been configured to provide both general illumination in the room and pools of accent light on the ceiling. Effects are ever changing depending on which lights are on.

Lighting can be used to create a sculptural element on the ceiling. This modular light system has been configured to provide both general illumination in the room and pools of accent light on the ceiling. Effects are ever changing depending on which lights are on.

Recessed square lighting coves in this ceiling give the illusion of skylights above the bed. Light patterns on the ceiling of the coves can be varied and selected by remote. A truly dynamic ceiling!

Recessed square lighting coves in this ceiling give the illusion of skylights above the bed. Light patterns on the ceiling of the coves can be varied and selected by remote. A truly dynamic ceiling!