Depending on your project, the fifth wall can be used to great effect by providing a way to visually differentiate parts of your project and tie then together. When laying out folders you can use the fifth wall to create a flow from one to the next that reinforces the narrative of your book. It can help separate different sections, as well as provide visual anchor points within each section.
- 1 Paint It a Different Color
- 2 Get adventurous with wallpaper
- 3 Let your cabinets go wild
- 4 Go bold with your appliances
- 5 Hang your pots and pans from hooks
- 6 Think of a backsplash as a blank canvas
- 7 Bring the outdoors in
- 8 Try one of those “floating” shelves
- 9 Add some lighting
- 10 Take a chance on an interesting look for your ceiling!
- 11 Takeaway
Paint It a Different Color
- To begin, consider the room you’re painting. Is it a bedroom? An office? A bathroom? The tone of the room will dictate the color of your ceiling.
- For a bedroom, warm colors are best—paint your ceiling a light but saturated shade of pink or peach. Powder blue is also a pleasant option in this space. You’ll be sleeping under this color, after all!
- In an office, go bold with a bright red or kelly green. These are not only stimulating colors that will help your productivity, but they will stand up to the fluorescent lighting that most offices have. Avoid soft pastels in this space; they look washed out under fluorescent lights and might make you feel less energetic and focused on work tasks throughout the day.
- In bathrooms, sky blue or pale grey are suitable choices for walls and ceilings alike; both look stunning against white fixtures and fittings! These shades also complement natural light beautifully—so if your bathroom has skylights or large windows, consider these two shades as possibilities for bringing more brightness into the space without sacrificing character.
Get adventurous with wallpaper
- Do it yourself.
- Use a basic paint roller to get the wallpaper on the ceiling above, and roll downward. The trick here is to go slow, and use your roller in a controlled manner as you smooth out any air bubbles that may have been left behind by the adhesive.
- You can also do this with wood paneling! We recommend using MDF for ease and affordability.
Let your cabinets go wild
To make the most of that fifth wall you can follow, let your cabinets go wild. You can experiment with wallpaper or paint on the upper cabinets, or go bold with appliances or a backsplash. Hang your pots and pans from hooks, or try something new like stainless steel pegboard.
If you don’t have the budget for an extensive kitchen remodel, consider incorporating some smaller ideas to achieve a similar look. While renovating our own kitchen we kept all the cabinet boxes but removed the doors to create open shelving making it feel much more modern and spacious. We had a carpenter remove our upper cabinets as they were too tall for our 9-foot ceilings so we opted for ceiling height window treatments instead which saved us a ton of money in the long run. We also moved one of our walls which allowed us to incorporate an island into our space which has helped tremendously when cooking during parties since having multiple people in there is never cramped anymore.”
Go bold with your appliances
So! You want to take your kitchen to the next level. You’re ready to go bold. Your appliances are a great place to start, and there are lots of ways you can give them pizzazz.
First, look for appliances with eye-catching designs. This could be anything from a glossy finish or a striking color to an unusual shape or even a vintage pattern. The coolest thing about colorful and distinctive designs is that they don’t just make the appliance itself more interesting—they also make what surrounds it pop. Woah! So if you already have bright cabinets, for example, choosing an appliance with a vivid hue will make both your cabinets and the appliance stand out in their own ways. Isn’t that cool? Yeah!
Second, find appliances with exciting names and descriptions on packaging that really capture your imagination as you scroll through online shopping sites looking for inspiration late at night instead of getting ready for bed like you promised yourself hours ago but now it’s 3am and you still haven’t figured out what kind of handlebar mustache (if indeed any) would best suit your face so…wait where were we again?
Hang your pots and pans from hooks
Hang your pots and pans from hooks (above). If you don’t have much space in drawers or cabinets, hanging your pots and pans is a great alternative to storing them away. Depending on the design of your kitchen, hanging can be an appropriate way to add some color or texture to your kitchen as well as make them more accessible as you cook. For example, if you’re a fan of copper pots and pans, putting them on display will not only allow you to use them whenever necessary but also add a certain warmth to the room that would otherwise be lacking.
Think of a backsplash as a blank canvas
When it comes to the fifth wall of your kitchen, there are so many inventive and imaginative approaches you can take to design. With a little imagination and an open mind, the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas for how to make the most of that fifth wall:
- Think of a backsplash as a blank canvas. It’s easy to think of it as just another surface that needs painting or covering up, but if you see its potential for creativity, you’ll open yourself up to some great new aesthetic opportunities. A backsplash is an excellent place to experiment with trends like different textures, geometric patterns, and bold colors. It also allows for more creative material choices because there isn’t a lot at stake—it’s not as big or expensive as tile for the floor or countertops. Consider using materials such as cork, wood slats (like this example), bamboo sheets, concrete blocks (like this example), or even wallpaper!
Bring the outdoors in
Don’t be afraid to get a little earthy with your fifth wall design. Plants are organic, playful and easy to implement. The easiest way to accomplish this is by using a plant hanger or macramé holder. These can be hung from the ceiling and give any room an instant bohemian vibe. If you’re not into the idea of hanging plants, don’t fret- there are still options out there for you! Moss covered letters can add a touch of nature without losing that classic textured look everyone loves. Indoor plants are also great if you want to bring the outdoors in and help promote healthy air quality within your home- they’re beautiful, low maintenance and (for the most part) pet friendly!
Try one of those “floating” shelves
If the idea of a floating shelf appeals to you, here’s our guide on how to do it. First, measure and mark the area where you want your shelf to go. Using drywall anchors, create two holes in the wall at both ends of your shelf. Use a level to make sure they’re perfectly straight before screwing in the anchors.
Once that’s done, grab your wooden board (you can get one at any hardware store), and insert it onto the anchors so that it floats against the wall. From there, you can decorate! We recommend small family photos or kitschy knick-knacks from vacations you’ve taken—this is your chance to really show off who YOU are and what YOU love. Having a mix of personal belongings displayed proudly on display will help make any room feel more inviting and homey.
Add some lighting
If you’re looking for a way to brighten your blank ceiling, try recessing some lights into it. This will add plenty of practical lighting (and can even be used as the sole source of light in a room). If that’s not an option, you can always hang pendant or flush-mount lights from the ceiling instead. A track lighting system also works well if you have multiple areas in your room that need direct or task lighting.
Another way to make use of the fifth wall is by installing a ceiling fan. The blades not only serve to keep the air circulating, but they also make an interesting visual statement and can help create dynamic lines in your design scheme. You might opt to stick with a more traditional fan design, or choose one that has larger, more dramatic blades for more visual impact.
Take a chance on an interesting look for your ceiling!
Now that you know some background information about ceilings, let’s talk about what you can do to make yours more attractive. Perhaps you’re looking for a way to give your room a sleek and contemporary feel. Or maybe you’re going for something that feels cozy and rustic. No matter what look you are going for, one thing is certain: the ceiling is the perfect place to get started! Here are some great ideas for making the most of your fifth wall:
- Make it feel larger with a strong color design—perhaps even paint it in an interesting pattern! This is a great way to create an optical illusion of space if your ceiling feels too low, or if its shape isn’t quite ideal. You can also use lighting fixtures such as chandeliers and pendant lights that will add dimension to any room while drawing attention upward. And don’t forget about other options like mirrors or wall hangings as well—they’ll help bring light into dark corners without blocking out natural sunlight during daylight hours (which means less electricity usage!).
- Use different textures like wood paneling instead of plain drywall panels if you want something that looks more rustic than modern but still has the same visual effect on heightening walls; this style works best when paired with darker colors on other surfaces such as floorboards or furniture pieces so they all blend together seamlessly into one cohesive unit rather than having separate elements stand out from each other at first glance (i.e., “Oh hey there, I’m just hanging around”).
The bottom line is that with proper design, that fifth wall over your head can be a benefit to you rather than a distraction. Figuring out how to do it yourself will come down to some careful planning, but in the end, it’s worth it!