You’ve probably heard of a statement wall, but what about a statement ceiling? Whether this phenomenon is new to you or an already familiar idea, statement ceilings are an undoubted decor trend for 2019.
Characterized by a bold characteristic—whether it be a color, accents, material, or pattern—these ceilings have a way of bringing a room together and making an eye-catching statement. Below, learn how to create your own statement ceiling to create the wow factor in a room that you’ve been craving!
Wallpaper Statement Ceiling
Some may think of wallpaper as a decor thing of the past, but the truth of the matter is that wallpaper still has a respectable place in the world of home design. With many alluring patterns, colors, and materials on the market today, it’s easier—and more fun—than ever to use wallpaper in your home. Conveniently, wallpaper makes for the perfect method of creating a statement ceiling in order to be a part of this design trend. The steps to hanging wallpaper along the top of a room are below, and they’re more straightforward than you may think!
Prepare the Ceiling
The first step in creating a statement ceiling with wallpaper is to prepare the space appropriately. Remove vents, light fixtures, and so on. Ensure that the ceiling is clean and apply a primer designated to work with wallpaper to your ceiling using a paint roller.
Choose Paper and Measure
Next, choose the wallpaper you want to use. This is the fun part! To really create a statement, consider a bold pattern, funky colors, or even something with a metallic sheen to it. Now you have to measure to ensure you’ll have enough materials. Determine the vertical start line where your first strip of wallpaper will be placed. This can be determined by measuring the width of each wallpaper sheet and then choosing a starting point. It’s typically easiest to start from a corner of the ceiling. Use a level or yardstick to make the start line, then carefully measuring the distance from one side of the ceiling straight across to the other. To decipher how much wallpaper will be needed to cover the space, use that measurement plus an extra four inches to guarantee that the patterns match up well.
Glue the Wallpaper
To successfully apply wallpaper to your ceiling, you’ll need to use wallpaper glue. Pour this substance into either a paint tray or pail. Using a small two or three-inch paintbrush, apply the glue to the back of your wallpaper sheets carefully. In this step, you’ll want to take care to ensure that the entirety of the wallpaper sheet is covered with glue and that no spots have been missed and that it’s been applied evenly.
Book the Wallpaper
After the glue is applied, the next step to hanging wallpaper is called “booking”. This consists of carefully folding the glued side of the wallpaper in half on top of itself. After that, simply let the paper rest for five to ten minutes.
Hang the Wallpaper
Finally, it’s time to hang your wallpaper to the ceiling and make your statement vision come to life! This is done most easily with two people. The first person will use a ladder to begin applying the paper along the predetermined vertical start line. The other individual will hold the balance of the paper to the ceiling with the end of a broom or mop in order to keep it from flopping down towards the ground. The person on the ladder will then smooth the wallpaper along the ceiling until completely stuck and repeat until the surface is covered. As new pieces start to be added, cut excess paper from the end of each strip and line up the seams of the paper to ensure that the pattern is continuous and flows nicely on the ceiling.
Smooth the Paper
Use a damp, soapy sponge to rid the hung paper of bubbles after it’s been hung. It’s common for these to come about, so if they do—don’t fret. Run the sponge along the length of the paper to push bubbles out. This can be done as paper is hung to ensure a smooth surface and to wipe excess glue from the paper.
This DIY project is easy and fun, allowing you to get creative and pick a wallpaper that brings your bold decor vision to life. If you’re looking to create a statement ceiling without wallpaper, consider painting it a bold color, hanging an intricate chandelier, or using exposed wooden beams to draw one’s attention to the ceiling in an alternate way.