Four Ceiling Decoration Tips

You may not have considered it before, but others definitely have.  Decorating your ceiling has become the newest trend in interior design.  Working with the so-called fifth wall can add pizzazz to a room that a simple white ceiling is unable to achieve.  For those who are ready to do something bold with their ceiling, we’ve come up with four ceiling decoration tips to make the transition that much easier.

Try Wallpaper

You may never have thought of wallpaper as an ideal covering for your ceiling and you couldn’t be blamed.  It’s not called ceiling paper! But wallpapering the ceiling has followed in the footsteps of the revived popularity of wallpaper itself.  This isn’t your grandmother’s wallpaper either. The number of designs has increased, while the manufacturing of the product itself has been improved.  If you can’t find a design that you like straight off the shelf you can even get custom made wallpaper these days.

Size Up Your Room

Decorating your ceiling works better in larger rooms.  When the ceiling is low or the room is small, a decorated ceiling can make things look even smaller.  It may be best to opt for a neutral colour if you have a low ceiling or little square footage. Work the ceilings in your larger rooms.  The space will allow the extra colour and texture to breathe.  

Keep The Colour Balance

Don’t try to go too far out when it comes to colour schemes.  If you’ve already got some flow going with your furniture, carpet and accessories, keep with the theme when it comes to your ceiling.  More than three different colours in a room creates clash rather than harmony.

Work With What You Have

If your ceiling is already textured or has some intriguing details, use those as a starting point to build upon.  Add wallpaper or colour into the spaces between beams. Brighten up the ceiling medallion and moulding with a colour that matches other elements in the room.  Add stippling to give your ceiling a texture that works with the furnishings or flooring. If you can match what already exists with the design you see in your mind, things will come together more naturally.

Which Type of Fireplace is Most Energy Efficient?

Humans have always been fascinated by fire.  Even more so when that fire can actually occur in your living space.  It’s been found that houses on the market sell faster when they feature a fireplace.  And why wouldn’t they when the buyer is envisioning themselves cuddled up with their family in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter’s night?  But the fact is that fireplaces cost money. Not only in installation costs, but in fuel, maintenance and lost heat. So to get the most out of your fireplace you may be wondering which type of fireplace is most energy efficient.  In this article we’ll rank the three main types of fireplaces in order of energy efficiency.

Electric Fireplaces

They may not seem the most romantic, but electric fireplaces are hands down the winner in the fireplace energy efficiency rankings.  Part of the reason is that an electric fireplace doesn’t require a chimney which allows heat to escape the house. Heat produced by an electric fireplace stays within the confines of the building.  They are also the cheapest type of fireplace to run. Electric fireplaces do not release pollutants in the way that gas and wood fireplaces do. They also run cool to the touch which makes them safer around children.

Gas Fireplaces

Gas is a clean burning fuel, but it still requires a chimney.  This allows some of the heat that’s produced to escape the house.  The fact that gas doesn’t produce soot or ashes means that they’re easier to maintain than wood fireplaces.  Natural gas is relatively cheap and although a natural gas fireplace will cost more to run than an electric fireplace, it will cost less to run than a wood fireplace.

Wood Fireplaces

Wood fireplaces are the least energy efficient types of fireplaces.  Wood is a relatively expensive fuel that can cost three times as much to burn compared to an equivalent gas fireplace.  Not only do wood fireplaces lose more heat up the chimney when compared with gas, wood fires have a tendency to draw warm air out of the room making them even less efficient.  Burning wood releases ash, soot and other pollutants which results in the need for more maintenance and regular cleaning of the chimney.