By Christine Bahls
For The Inquirer

Miriam Ansell, who owns Miriam Ansell Interiors of New Hope and New York, says at least a quarter of her customers are adding molding, color, paper, or decorative painting. That said, it doesn't mean the ceiling always should be decorated, said Ansell. "It depends on a lot of things, like the style of the room, the height of the ceiling. Do you want to bring it down? Make it farther away?" You need reasons, she said.

For example, paint. Ansell painted the ceiling and walls in a New York apartment an amethyst hue so the eye could focus on the fixtures in the apartment.

When Ansell was designing a small kitchen with a tray ceiling, she papered all five planes with the same tomato-soup-colored paper.

"I didn't want to chop [the room] up. This way, you're only looking at the tomato color and not seeing a million different things in a small room."

Decorative molding is also an option, which Ansell used to redesign a South Brunswick couple's bedroom and sitting room. She wanted the rooms to at once look like they were one, but separate. By applying molding on the sitting room ceiling, she was able to establish the two rooms that were united with creams and café au lait colors.



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