What we did was something I have not seen in other places but I believe works well by referencing the traditional style of ceiling decoration. I chose a colour for each room and paint the whole ceiling in a very pale shade of that colour then highlights the moldings in a darker shade of that colour.
|Patterns used by the craftsmen on the ceilings found in Dimitris Philppides, Greek Design and Decoration: Three Centuries of Architectural Style.|
Elaborate 18C Painted Ceilings
|From an illustration in Philippides book of the Manousis mansion in Siatista.|
These Venetian homes were built when times were good for certain families. In many cases this was after a grandfather had gone from being shoeless and starving, to being wealthy beyond his dreams. The wealth usually did not last beyond one generation but while it was there these families built large homes back in their villages. This was in part a desire to be in a familiar place and in part a way to show off their wealth. Though these was not entirely a selfish wish as their wealth also brought benefits back to the village, providing work for others, and often was donated to provide schools and churches.
During the 18C there were groups of craftsmen who travelled from place to place across a wide geographical area building these homes and other structures. Many of these sinafia, seasonally mobile teams, came from
Our Painted Ceilings
|The dining room is dark and the ceiling low so in this room the ceiling is all white|
|A bedroom on the middle floor with a peach ceiling|
|The middle floor has normal ceilings of a more height, and although we added some colour it was muted.|
|A 'green' room on the top floor.|
|This high ceiling is in a hall on the top floor. It is painted with colours found in nearby rooms.|