10 Fabulous Ways to Decorate Your Ceiling

Why should only four walls in a room get all the attention, when there’s one right above your head just waiting to express your style?


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By Rebecca Orlov, Houzz

Designers sometimes refer to the ceiling as the fifth wall, and if you think about it, it kind of makes sense: Why should only four walls in a room get all the attention, when there’s one right above your head just waiting to express your style? When it comes to decorating a fifth wall, the sky (or rather the ceiling) is the limit. Here are 10 great ideas to get your creative juices flowing up.

The Interior Edge, original photo on Houzz

1. Silver leaf shine. If you want a little glam in your bedroom, a chandelier is often a safe bet, but if you want to really raise the luxe factor, consider coating your ceiling in silver leaf. This Manhattan master bedroom designed by The Interior Edge is the epitome of elegance.


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2. Stylish stripes. Stripes on walls can be eye-catching, but painted on a ceiling they are certain to demand attention.

3. Tantalizing tin. Aside from adding retro style and texture, tin tiles on a ceiling have a shimmer that creates a mirror effect, helping to open up a space.

Wm Ohs Inc., original photo on Houzz

4. Leader board. The combination of the blue painted boards on the ceiling and the white cabinetry in this Denver kitchen creates a coastal-chic vibe. The two armchairs covered in a complementary blue-and-white upholstery tie all the elements together.

 Elizabeth Gordon, original photo on Houzz

5. Ravishing wallpaper. The stunning gold starburst ceiling fixture in this elegant Los Angeles living room is a showstopper in its own right, but the custom silk wallpaper behind it makes it nearly impossible to keep your eyes from drifting up.

6. Bold black. Painting your ceiling any other color than the standard white will draw attention to it, but there might not be a bolder option than painting it black.

 PPDS, original photo on Houzz

7. Magical molding. If you still prefer a white ceiling, perhaps adding a little texture to it instead of color might be for you. This room’s geometrical molding adds a modern appeal and connects to the white sliding doors in a similar pattern.

JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction, original photo on Houzz

8. Stunning stencils. To better highlight the four arches of this dining room ceiling in Austin, Texas, the designer commissioned an artist to stencil a pattern to delineate them. The options for stenciled patterns are limitless and can be as bold or as subtle as you prefer.

9. Material mix. There’s no rule that says you have to cover your ceiling in just one material. Similar to creating an accent wall, choosing to cover one section of your ceiling in a different material, such as stained wood, can make a stylish statement without overwhelming a space.

Crisp Architects, original photo on Houzz

10. Porch pleaser. Painting the ceiling of an outdoor porch light blue is an old tradition in the South. Some say it helps to ward off evil spirits; others say it keeps mosquitoes away. Whatever the reason, it certainly is pretty.

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