There was a big design dilemma when we moved into the new house, namely the 2-story ceilings in the main living room. All the walls were painted a creamy off-white which was a great blank slate, but it left the living room feeling more like a gymnasium than a cozy place for us to hang.
I came up with a plan to bring those giant walls down into the livable space of the room with paint. I taped a level line at a little over 12 feet, a little more than half-way to the ceiling, and I painted a horizontal stripe about 5 feet wide of Behr Wheat Bread (a dreamy greige.) Then began the monumental task of stenciling the 7 feet or so the rest of the way to the baseboards, all the way around the room (thank you very much.) I should perhaps mention that this is the first time I’ve ever stenciled anything bigger than a drawer or cabinet front. Go big or go home, people!! 😉 The process involved moving this little stencil eleventy bazillion times or so.
While this project has also turned out to be endless, I couldn’t be more in love with the design! I have just a teensy bit left to finish up (behind the robust beast of a computer cabinet to the right there) and I’ll be DONE! (hallelujah!)
This view gives you a better idea of the scale of the ceiling.
(As a side note, I have tried for no fewer than 13 years to convince my husband to get rid of those big, ugly speakers. They don’t make them like they did in 1990, apparently, so I’m afraid they’re here to stay. Maybe one of these days I’ll come up with some kind of cute solution to hide them.) Here’s the view of the living room going up stairs.
The final stage of the project will be a lot of trim work. I plan on adding trim above the gray stripe, beefing up the baseboards a little and adding a picture rail between the gray and stenciled sections (that will be home to the clock sitting on top of the entertainment center and the canvas precariously perched atop the computer armoire, as well as other décor and photos.)
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