Take a second to look up at your ceiling. Is it totally plain and painted a simple white hue? Well, you can change that! To help you out, we checked in with design experts to share their favorite ceiling looks and trends. The choice is yours!

Hunter Green

ceiling design ideas, dark green butler pantry in the kitchen with colorful ceiling design

A graphic motif by London-based designer Beata Heuman draws the eye up in this sophisticated butler’s pantry. To pull the space together, designer Alexandra Kaehler paired the colorful pattern with green cabinetry (Benjamin Moore’s Essex Green) and a reflective mosaic backsplash from Tile Bar.

Floral Plaster Medallion

ceiling design ideas, white floral medallion design on the wall

Alexandra Kaehler collaborated with Chicago Ornamental Plastering to design this handmade plaster medallion for the ceiling. “The inspiration was to mimic what happens when you blow on a dandelion puff,” she says. Julie Neill’s custom Martini 2-Tier Chandelier completes the look.

Keep It Scandinavian

wood beam ceilings

A simple wooden ceiling adds a Scandinavian look to this contemporary home. To draw the eye upwards, consider installing an eye-catching light fixture like the one that is pictured here. It’s perfectly modern and complements the style of the house perfectly.

Design Around Your Beams

beamed ceilings with wallpaper

Of course, beams don’t need to be left in their natural state. Consider painting them and painting or installing wallpaper around them for added glam. Here, a sky-blue ceiling adds a serene touch to this sleep space.

Get Happy

wallpapered ceiling with pattern

Go ahead and have a little fun! This whimsical room features scalloped pieces and bright colors, so it’s only natural that the ceiling contains a little pep, too. Geometric wallpaper brings even more character into the space.

Make It Luxe With Lacquer

blue lacquered ceiling

A lacquered ceiling like this one is moody and sophisticated. It’s a great opportunity to experiment with color and go bold—this space is most certainly a showstopper.

Herringbone Wallpaper

ceiling design ideas, blue and white herringbone wallpaper on the walls and ceiling by the bed

If you love a particular wallpaper, use it all over. Here, a herringbone print covers the ceiling and surrounding walls in a kid’s room, bringing attention to its quirky angles.

Warm Wood

ceiling design ideas, wood beams in living room with neutral furniture

Rustic and modern unite in this airy living room designed by Cortney Bishop. The white painted ceiling keeps the eye on the natural wood beams, which add charm to the space.

Scalloped Borders

ceiling design ideas, scalloped designed ceiling

“Painted borders are a cost-effective way of adding flair to rooms lacking period features, especially ceilings,” Sloan says. The mantel and the ceiling’s skirting boards are kept white, while the walls and door are in contrasting colors for eccentricity. “If you’re decorating on a budget, paint is the very best way to put the personality back,” she says.

Champagne Glaze

ceiling design ideas, ceiling with ornamental design and champagne glaze over dining room

The ceiling in the dining room of this Tudor home in Westchester, NY, gets a luxurious refresh with champagne glaze and ornamental plaster work. Meanwhile, the crystal chandelier introduces drama and the promise of a soft glow when the lights are dimmed.

Elegant High Arch

ceiling design ideas, white high arch ceiling in living room

A high, arched ceiling defines this pre-war Manhattan pied-à-terre designed by Rinfret, Ltd. Plus, the space’s charm is only “heightened by the long window drapes and grounded by the pattern in the rug, which ties the room’s color scheme together,” says Rinfret.

Go Green Everywhere

green painted ceiling

This bathroom is having a major green moment, and the ceiling is most definitely participating. Who wouldn’t want to get ready for the day in such a vibrant, inviting space?

Prioritize a Special Portion

wallpapered portion of tall ceiling

Once again, we see a small instance where just a portion of the ceiling is wallpapered. Here, a turret-like area is jazzed up with some feminine wallpaper that really brings this section of the room to life.

Go Rustic

weathered wood ceiling

Farmhouse design lovers, this one’s for you. A weathered wooden ceiling gives this rustic kitchen plenty of personality and is so gorgeous and earthy looking, complementing the stone walls wonderfully.


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