Silver Leaf Ceiling in Boulder Residence Brings Out Reflective Quality

Our decorative artist, Sarah Ashford created this beautiful Silver Leaf Ceiling in Boulder Residence to bring out the reflective quality of the room.

The homeowners moved from New York to relocate in Boulder, Colorado. They loved their Boulder home but were struggling with low light and the finishing touches in several rooms to make them complete.

Silver Leaf Ceiling

The photo above shows the silver leaf ceiling in the kitchen, it was the perfect solution for their barrel vault/ cove ceiling and worked well with all the muted greys and patterns on the backsplash. Silver leaf was hand applied and burnished in order to bring out the reflective quality.

A Second Room Gets a Silver-Leaf-Ceiling-In-Boulder-Residence

They liked it so much they added on a second ceiling application adjacent to the kitchen, as shown below.

Silver Leaf Ceiling

This room also had challenges with low light. However, it was much larger and had a flat surface. In order to not compete with the kitchen, Sarah used the silver leaf with a champagne glaze to soften it. She then added a stencil that spanned the perimeter, with a central medallion. The motif was a European lace design and was stenciled within a contrasting warm gold taken from the wall color.

The finished effect was dramatic, the Silver-Leaf-Ceiling-In-Boulder-Residence increased the feeling of light due to the reflective quality and our clients shared that Sarah had exceeded their expectations.



Meet Sarah


Sarah Ashford holds a BA degree in Fine Art from West Surrey College of Art, England, and also attended the Colorado Institute of Art, Denver.

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Since 1990 Sarah Ashford Studio has been redefining tradition with her unique painted wall finishes, techniques and, colors.

Sarah’s work encompasses all aspects of decorative art, from murals, design, fine art, historical reproduction, historical renovation ( Navarre Building) to American clay, lincrusta, furniture, plaster, Venetian plaster, mirrors and even for updating cabinets.

Working locally and nationally from mountain retreats, European dwellings (including Paris and England), to contemporary urban abodes in both commercial and luxury residential interiors to develop a classic, sophisticated style.

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