CEILING DESIGN IDEAS
The main way to do that is by finding designer rooms that I like and figuring out what makes those rooms so special. If you look at some of the most awe-inspiring rooms in the world (like the Paris Opera House), they all include beautiful ceiling designs. sure these were painted using scaffolding and in a prone position. Fortunately, it is possible to achieve the same kind of ceiling interest and warmth at home, without putting in that much time and effort.
Keep reading to find 4 ceiling design ideas that are easy ways to decorate the ceiling on a budget.
PAINT THE CEILING THE SAME COLOR AS THE WALLS
The easiest one of my ways to decorate the ceiling is paint it the same color as the walls. It doesn’t require any extra decision making, it is sure to go with your decor and the extra bit of color on the ceiling will make the walls and ceiling flow.
PAINT A CONTRASTING COLOR
Painting the ceiling a dramatic color that goes with your decor can be a very effective and dramatic way to decorate the 5th wall.
INSTALL SOME CEILING WALLPAPER
Some folks might be wondering…can you install wallpaper on the ceiling? Why yes…yes, you can! Installing wallpaper on the ceiling is a little bit of a challenge, but the results can be stunning!
PAINT THE CEILING GINGHAM OR PLAID
Another one of my unique ceiling design ideas is to create a geometric ceiling design by painting gingham checks or plaid. This is a little more time-consuming than stripes but you definitely end up with a dramatic ceiling!
Painted decoration and frescoes
A hand-painted ceiling will act as a conversation starter so is perfect for luxury homes or hotel design. If you want to create that wow factor, a painted ceiling is a great place to start.
Trompe L’oeil mural
Trompe l’oeil can give the impression of classical proportion and architectural detail which is perfect if the building you are working with is lacking in these original details. The technique uses colour, shading and perspective to form realistic imagery.
Gold leaf gilding is brilliant for modern spaces, bringing to life elegant and considered decor, making it perfect for ceiling decoration. As specialists in luxury decoration, we regularly incorporate gold leaf and other precious metal leave
Tin ceilings are a popular choice for a vintage touch. They originated in the 1880s as a technique for embellishing the ceiling, write This Old House. More than just decorative, tin ceilings were also an element of fire protection, which was always a risk with open flame cooking, heating, and lots of candles. Originally called steel ceilings, tin plating was later added to inhibit rust. These days, the panels you can use on these types of ceilings are much thinner and lighter than the old-fashioned ones – and they no longer play a role in fire prevention. Regardless, today’s tin ceiling panels can be installed in the original silver color or in an array of hues to match your décor. They are appropriate in vintage, eclectic and traditional style homes, but partial tin ceilings can be an accent in many other interior décor styles.
The elements usually hidden in a ceiling — like beams, trusses or piping – are left out in the open as a design element in this style of ceiling. In older homes, renovations often expose things like wooden beams, trusses or original brickwork to highlight the building’s history. In newer construction, beams constructed to look just like wood highlight a ceiling and in modern or industrial style décor, duct work and piping lend just the right ambiance to an interior. These types of ceilings lend a more industrial or modern look to a space.
This ceiling treatment was common decades ago and is now seeing a resurgence in popularity. Typically associated with rustic-style homes, beams made of various materials are being installed into renovations as well as existing homes to add interest and style. Beams work best in a room that has a high ceiling of some sort. Used on a low ceiling, they can make a space feel smaller.
Why Texture a Ceiling at All?
Like everything in a home, the look of the ceiling is a matter of personal taste. Some people like a classic, flat look, others like the dimension that texture provides. It really boils down to what you prefer to look at.
Finishing a perfectly smooth ceiling takes a lot of time and effort. Opting for a textured ceiling can hide minor imperfections, so if you’re adding onto your home and blending new ceiling into old, consider adding a texture. Some textures may also reduce the cost of a ceiling install because it takes less time and fewer trips for the team to texture the drywall than to get it perfectly smooth.
Texture also adds an air of depth and dimension to the room that it wouldn’t otherwise have with a flat ceiling. If you have a large room that gets lots of natural light, a textured ceiling will look different at all hours as the shadows play of the ridges or bumps.
If you are considering banishing your ceiling’s boring white.
Here are a few ceiling decorating ideas to get your creativity flowing.
- In small spaces, painting the ceiling the same color as the walls (or one shade lighter) can make the room feel larger.
- On ceilings with molding, try a neutral color (such as light beige, ivory or gray) on the ceiling to make your molding really pop and give your space an elegant look.
- If your walls and furnishings are neutral in color, consider adding your main color on your ceiling (a classic color such as rich plum or red often works well) to draw the eye upward and give your room some vibe.
- Decals, stencils or even decoupage work well on smooth ceilings and give a room a surprise ingredient that can really add an individual touch to a space or for a custom look, paint a design on your ceiling to draw the eye upward.
- Small decorative wood moldings are inexpensive, and with a bit of paint or stain and a touch of hot glue, a ceiling can easily be transformed into the most interesting feature of a space.
- You can make your ceiling appear like an expensive, trayed ceiling by painting a soft pinstripe or border around the edge of your ceiling. Choose two paint colors similar in tone to achieve this look.
- Cool colors tend to recede into space while warm colors often make something appear closer, so consider this when choosing your ceiling paint colors.
- If you choose your ceiling to be your main color element in your room, don’t forget to “spread the wealth” by adding throw pillows, vases and other decorative accessories in the same color.