How to Decorate Ceilings on a Budget

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An easy way to give a room an added pop is to decorate the ceiling.  And while this doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, it can still have a big effect on how the room is perceived.  If you’re looking for an affordable way to bring your ceiling into the conversation, check out some of our ideas on how to decorate ceilings on a budget.

Ceiling Medallions

A ceiling medallion is not only a practical way to hide the unattractive wires and light box of the light fixture in a room, it can also become a beautiful centrepiece in itself.  These days these ornamental features are usually made of polyurethane foam which makes them affordable, lightweight and easy to install. Choose a ceiling medallion that works with the other elements in the room.  If your furniture is ornate, choose a ceiling medallion that’s similarly detailed. If you’ve gone for a sleek and modern looking room, a simple ceiling medallion shape will provide continuity. If the room already has crown or chair rail mouldings, match your ceiling medallion to their style for the best results.  A ceiling medallion is an economical way to decorate your ceiling that still provides a strong design punch.

Painting

No longer do ceilings have to be a boring white.  You can paint your ceiling to match your furniture, the floor or make it stand out on its own.  Smaller rooms benefit when the ceiling is the same colour as the walls. If you have moulding around the room and/or a ceiling medallion, a neutral ceiling colour will highlight those features.  A strong, brightly coloured ceiling works well in rooms with neutral coloured furnishings and walls. Adding pinstrining to the edges of the ceilings can create the illusion of a tray ceiling.

Ceiling Decals 

There are a lot of decals and stickers on the market these days that work really well on ceilings.  You can add floral flourishes, pinstripes, skyscapes or interesting patterns and shapes that will immediately draw the eye upwards.  Decals and stickers are very affordable, easy to apply and can be customized to work with both your room and your personal tastes.

 

Should You Place a TV Above Your Fireplace?

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Maybe you’ve moved into a new house or maybe you just got a brand new TV.  Now you have to decide where the TV belongs. Should you place a TV above your fireplace?  Well, that really depends. In this article we’ve described scenarios of when you should or shouldn’t position your TV above the fireplace.

 

Proximity Of Jacks And Plug Ins

If all the cables, jacks and plug ins required for your TV make placing the unit above your fireplace easy and convenient, then this may make it a good idea.  The last thing you want is for wires and cables to be strung all over your mantlepiece. If the hookups allow for it, why not?

Small Rooms

Sometimes the size of the room will dictate where your TV must go.  If you’re dealing with a small room, there might not be enough space for the TV to go anywhere else.  Using the space above your fireplace will give more room for furniture and other living room necessities.

Low Temperature Fireplaces

Putting your TV above a wood burning fireplace is probably not the best of ideas.  The heat could make this a dangerous plan. However, with lower temperature fireplaces such as electric, gas or gel you won’t have to worry about your TV being melted by a roaring fire.

Solid Fireplaces And Chimneys

If you have a fireplace and chimney that’s made of stone, brick or some other solid material, you might find it almost impossible to mount your TV or run wires.  With this type of setup it may not be worth your while to try and get everything properly attached.

Large Fireplaces

If your fireplace is quite tall, your TV may end up being placed too high on your wall and compromise your viewing experience.  TVs should really be placed at eye level. This is especially important with newer TVs that feature high definition or 4K graphics.  Viewing these types of TVs at an angle may render the sharper picture useless.

Viewing Distraction

If you have a roaring fire underneath your TV while watching a seriously dramatic or intense moment, your eye may be constantly pulled away from the screen.  If you want the best cinematic experience, any added movement around the TV screen will be an unwanted distraction.