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Ceiling Remodeling: How to Give an Old Ceiling a New Look

June 10th, 2014

Your furniture, appliances, walls, doors and windows are not the only things to consider when remodeling or redesigning a house. Uplifting the ceiling and giving it a new look would make the transformation more phenomenal and make your home fresh and visually appealing. To yield good results, here are some tips on how to give your old ceiling a whole new appearance.



1. Choose a Light Color


Your ceiling should not be necessarily a light color but definitely lighter than the color of your walls. If not then the entire room would look dark, especially when you live in a house that’s not located in a sunny place which inhabits more or ample natural lighting. Also, lighter ceiling shades can visually enlarge a space. Most households prefer white as this color is safest. Other alternatives are beige, light gray, light yellow and off-white. For the paint, it is suggested to go for high-gloss to reflect light more. On the other hand, a matte finish for the ceiling will make it appear more fixed or static.


2. Show Creativity


If you want to show more of your creative and artistic side, get inspired with the artsy ceilings of churches. Paintings of angels, the sky, lush greens, animals in the wild or even fruits and vegetables may seem pretty interesting. Guests who would visit your home for the first time would feel most ecstatic about the design of your ceiling and it would be the first thing that they notice. Particularly if your home has a high ceiling, this option is best.


3. Get Rid of Parasites


Because ceilings are commonly overlooked as you can’t reach it, you need to schedule a regular checkup to maintain cleanliness. Termite control should be done so you can be rest assured that your ceiling won’t get damaged and be cracked by these pesky parasites. Sometimes, termites can camouflage as dirt so if you are not good at detecting them, hiring a professional to get the job done will be most effective.


4. Install Light Fixtures on Ceiling


A modernized ceiling still would not be complete without also modernizing the accessories such as lights attached to it. So when the ceiling renovation is done, don’t forget to also update your lighting fixture. A simple chandelier would make a large difference in a room. You know it is time to also replace your lights when the fixtures are ones that date back to the 1970s to the 1990s.  


5. Add Beams


Instead of the plain look, adding horizontal or vertical beams would really bring immediate grand effect to the ceiling. To bring forth powerful architecture, these beams should blend with your color scheme. If your house is on the rustic side, choose beams that are made of wood or stones. Easily, the overall design would be warm and elegant. Installing beams is pretty straightforward but is as well cumbersome.




Remodeling your ceiling is one of the most effective ways in giving your room a face-lift. You don’t always have to stick with the norm. Feature accents as you like and dress it up with wallpaper or paintable wallpapers. Have more time and budget? Get your ceiling tiled and see how attractive it will look. Also, along with the designing, restoring the ceiling to a new condition is a must and this can be done by scraping and priming it first. Giving the ceiling a new look may be an expensive and long process but it’s a good investment to make your place a more loveable one.

Robin Vinz Salvador is a freelance writer who enjoys challenging his creativity. He is an art enthusiast who pays close attention to details. He loves the photographic medium for expressing what he loves about life. He is also a self-proclaimed foodie and wine enthusiast who loves scouring the net for new ideas and trends in food creation and presentation. Follow his journey on twitter and google+.

Sod Choice for a Yard with Various Shade Conditions

March 27th, 2014

Before adding sod to your yard, it’s essential that you assess the amount of sunlight that will reach the grass in each area of the yard. For this, you need to understand the various criteria for judging light levels, and how those light levels impact the sod.

Full Sunshine
Full sunshine usually means eight to nine hours of sun directly on the yard. Between sunrise and sunset there is no relief to the unrelenting sunshine. There are no trees to filter the sunlight at all.

Light Shade
This is considered to be approximately six hours of sunshine partially obscured by trees or other thin foliage. It could also mean less than six hours of sunshine unfiltered by any shade. Side yards usually have light shade since the house can block some of the sunshine.

Partial Shade
Partial shade means that the sun is filtered through trees or other foliage for eight hours a day. It could also mean that the yard is in direct sunlight for less than four hours. Backyards with many trees are usually yards that are considered partial shade.

This means the sun is always filtered through some kind of foliage, or it’s direct in the yard less than three hours per day. Yards that are filled with trees are considered shaded.

Dense Shade
Shade from a dense tree or between buildings will make it impossible for grass to grow. Dense shade means no sun reaches the ground at all.

Grasses that grow in full sunshine often will not grow in very shady areas. The grass can become patchy when the yard has areas of dense or heavy shade along with areas with full sunshine.

Kentucky Bluegrass
This type of grass will grow in extreme temperatures as well as full sunshine to light shade. It will not grow well in partial shade or extremely damp, boggy soils. The sod is strong and dense making it easy to cultivate. It’s a cool season grass so it does well in the winter.

Fine Fescue
Fine Fescue is another cool season grass that grows well in the shade and is very tolerant of drought. It does not require much fertilizer, but doesn’t stand up to heavy foot traffic. It’s great partially shady areas as well as being perfect for acidic soils.

St. Augustine Grass
This warm season grass has a high tolerance for both shade and full sunlight depending on the cultivar. Sevill and Captiva can handle five to six hours of full sunshine.

It’s important to note that each section of yard needs different irrigation and fertilizer applications. Grass growing in the shade needs less water than grass in full sunshine. Take that into consideration when installing grass.

Not only is it essential that grass in each area is treated differently, the grass growing in shady area has added stress that should be monitored. The grass growing in light shade is often fighting with trees and bushes for root space. Tree roots can spread far into the lawn, so remember that if problems start to arise.


Trey Palmer is the owner of Palmer’s Turf Nursery, a Tennessee sod farm since 1994.

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