I have two really ugly holes in my kitchen ceiling, right over the woodstove. They look like this:
They're vents that go up to the second floor - one to each bedroom. The allow the warm air from the woodstove to theoretically rise and heat the bedrooms. I don't know if they actually DO that, but they're there, and I hate drywalling ceilings. Originally, there were really, really ugly metal floor grates in those holes. I took them down to paint the ceiling, and wanted to put something nicer-looking up. I picked up some inexpensive wood faced grates at Home Depot, but they don't fit - the holes are too close to each other, and we would have to trim them to fit.
That was what we had planned to do, but over Valentine's Day weekend, isabeau_lark came to visit, and in the course of talking about her heat registers, she found this site: www.heatregisters.com. They had a lot of really neat things, if you're into house bits. Among them are decorative vent covers - they look to be either laser or water jet cut plywood. Regardless, they're awfully pretty. We could get one, add some molding on the edges, and screw one piece up to cover both holes.
I can't decide. There's four that I like, and while we have some preferences, I'd like to get some opinions. So what do you think?
Quatrefoil: (the badge we registered for the two of us is a quatrefoil)
Revival: (this is pretty cool - it reminds me of all those medallions from the borders of the Grande Heures of Jean de Berry. Just, kind of sideways)
Any thoughts? I won't be doing this for a while. As I mentioned, those vents are directly over the woodstove, which is running continually. This will be a spring project. A late spring project.
EDIT: I didn't mention paint options, because I really don't know. Do I want it to stand out more, or blend in more? Ceiling white would blend it in, black or a metallic would stand it out. Clueless. Desperately looking for input. :-)