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Tray Ceilings

on February 8, 2012

So our home has beautiful ceilings. Beautiful!  It’s one of the reasons I could look past the empty space that was the kitchen. Could see beyond the holes in the ceiling’s where lights should hang and could envision living here.  The high arch in the kitchen,the steep cathedral in the bathrooms, and the Tray(ed) in both the Living Room and the Family room.

Can I just interject here that I never get ‘tray’ right?  I have to look it up every-time, and then I don’t really know how to use it-can one be found ‘traying’ a ceiling for example?   -sorry just a moment there…

Moving right along.   We are moving into another HUGE painting project.  This time the Family Room and I have been putting it off because of the ceiling.  After looking up pictures of what people have done to their ceilings I’ve decided simpler is better.  I don’t want it to be a distraction.   But, I do need some advice!   I have a ‘family tree’ that I intend to paint on one wall of the room.   It will have (mostly) black and white family pictures all framed in black.   I thought to do a light wall, dark tree shape, then add photo’s-pretty straight forward right?  Then the ceiling stepped in.   I have to paint the lowest part the same off- white as the kitchen because the ceiling extends all the way through (note the ceiling by the columns).

I choose the off-white because it could do both rooms and stay nice and neutral.  But now, now I don’t know what to do for the rest.  Use that same off-white (called Sandstone) on the walls?  Find a light gray-blue I like? Go dark and do a light colored tree (that option doesn’t seem the best given the dark frames I have on the family pictures)?   I did find curtains I’m in love with at World Market this past weekend (they are more navy then gray), and given that we want to eventually put the TV in this room, nice dark curtains would be good.   Also, all of this effects the ceiling.  While initially I thought a darker grey-blue, I’m now leaning toward something not so dark.  Contrary to popular belief (Mom :-))  I don’t have to paint every ceiling a dark color even tho I really do like that look .   So, here is another picture of the ceiling.  If anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear them.

And please ignore the mess everywhere except the ceiling-I snapped these quick and didn’t do any picking up first.   Also note that I had all but 2 of our book boxes unpacked when my in-laws brought about 20 more of my hubby’s books from their house.  Glory!  I’m going to build my own book shelves before this is all over-just watch me.  🙂

In other news I picked up 2 ceiling fans and we were given another ceiling light so 3 more rooms with proper lights after this weekend!  So excited!

Promise to do another kitchen post next…


2 responses to “Tray Ceilings

  1. Donna says:

    Wow, that is a hard decision. I think I like the light gray/blue idea (more on the gray side) on the walls and perhaps go a shade darker on the first tier (between the crown) and then even darker on the very top ceiling (but not too dark). I believe that will incorporate your navy curtains and your black picture frames pretty well. I wish Brannon was still here…he is so good at stuff like that! So excited you are coming along so well…we need to get together on that rug I have for you.

  2. Donna says:

    Just an interjection…I have never heard anyone use the term “traying” or “trayed” ceiling. I think it is used as a descriptive noun instead of an action verb (did I get that right?).

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