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The era of the bright-white ceiling is over," says Elaine Griffin, an interior designer in New York City. Paint the ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to visually raise it and avoid a jarring stop-start effect. Go a shade darker to bring it down and add coziness.
Elegant All White Homes New York architect Robert Young designed this lakefront home to accommodate a growing family and all their friends. The finished house is the ultimate in airiness, with an open floorplan, high cathedral ceilings and exposed beams, all accentuated in crisp white.