As a child of the 80’s, there was rarely a house that did NOT have a knotty pine ceiling (with the obligatory matching ceiling fan).
I think the first thing new buyers did when the millennium hit was to either paint them white or remove them completely. But I have been noticing lately that well… it’s cool again!
But how do I make my old ceilings look contemporary??
I have noticed 4 trends – and it all involves breaking up the ceiling to avoid that solid wood mass above your head:
- Staining the wood to remove that distinct yellow colour
- Adding support beams – even if just for decor purposes
- White cornices. The old ceilings had matching pine cornicing which made them seem never-ending. The white cornices now frame them correctly, and differentiates the wall from the ceiling
- Leave the wood bare and untreated. This is a more Scandinavian and contemporary look, but creates a great utilitarian feel.
Hopefully carpets in bathrooms do not come back… that just makes my toes curl!