Everyone likes a little sparkle.......
My clients had this narrow coffered area in their hallway ceiling which they wanted to have silver leafed. We debated as to whether to include the surrounding crown molding when leafing the area, they opted not to feeling that it might be a bit too over whelming (I think it could have looked fab but after all it is not my ceiling so followed their lead)
When using metal leaf I tend to use the loose sheets but when doing a larger flat area like a ceiling the attached sheets are a godsend for keeping the pattern uniform and avoiding excess waste. I opted to go with the Rolco Aquasize for ease of use and clean up, this stuff will stick to anything and the leaf will stick to it so the area to be leafed must be masked off carefully, I also like using this product because unlike the solvent based sizing you can get to work within a few minutes....
After the entire area has been covered by the silver leaf I glazed over it with a tinted varnish to help age it back and give it a bit of depth (quite honestly I find that without this step it looks like tin foil) i opted for a black tint but quite frequently use a raw umber which gives it a really lovely mellow aged glow, this was a more contemporary application though so the black was more appropriate, you can really see the difference looking at the pic above - take note though, you have to work really quickly when executing a transparent finish or you end up with overlaps and have to wipe it all off and start over!!!
Check out these rooms I found while perusing Pinterest, you can see the variation in tone achieved with different glazes, I especially love the butlers pantry on the far right!
So the next time you look up and would rather see a bit of sparkle on your ceiling get in touch, I'd be happy to go over ideas with you..