There are lots of ways to add visual intrigue to a room. Many might think to paint the walls or refresh the furniture, but a less common thought is to play with the space’s ceiling. The hat of a room, a ceiling plays a major role in how a space’s style and mood come together.
Typically, ceilings are a lighter hue, which makes black feel like a daunting choice. However, there are lots of benefits: a dark ceiling makes a space feel more atmospheric or cozy, and can even add drama. Curious to see how it looks? Check out these 25 black ceiling ideas for inspiration.
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Warm Black Ceiling
To create a cozy enclave, Em Henderson Design swathed this living room in black from floor to ceiling. The all-over application has a soothing effect, balanced out with playful touches like an electric blue sofa, oil paintings, and an embroidered pouf.Continue to 2 of 25 below.
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Clean Black Ceiling
Washrooms are always fun places to get creative with design, as they can feel like their own little worlds. This one coats its ceiling in an inky hue (including the crown molding) to play off the marbled counters and dark cabinets.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Rustic Black Ceiling
To amp up the drama, exposed beams always do the trick. This space by Kirby Home Designs has cross-style beams running on the perimeter and inside of the ceiling to create a sense of grandeur—although, the organic woods also help ground the space.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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Paneled Black Ceiling
For a bohemian-style space, natural materials and diverse textures are a must. This ceiling is housed above a wooden beam, and features black slats all the way across for subtle visual intrigue. Note that the ceiling is slightly tucked into a cavity to create the illusion of more height.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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Traditional Black Ceiling
While black ceilings might not often be associated with traditional design, this space shows that it's totally possible. Black accents in the decor—including the dining table chairs and hutch—create a perfect opportunity to introduce more of the color. So, the beamed ceiling is coated in the hue for a cohesive vibe.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Separated Black Ceiling
Painting the ceiling a different color from the rest of your space can help create more designations. Here, the dining room is made more intimate by coating its fifth wall in matte black, separated by a wooden beam from the rest of the home's lighter ceilings.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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Playful Black Ceiling
Black doesn't have to mean serious. This playful living room embraces all the hue has to offer with confetti-style wallpaper, a sectioned-off gray portion, and pure black at the top. It plays off the tuxedo floors and is made lighter by a sunny yellow sofa.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Molded Black Ceiling
A black ceiling can also help highlight trim. In this open-floor dining room, the crown molding is left white, allowing it to pop against its darker interior. However, it's still made cohesive with the black trim on the walls and windows.Continue to 9 of 25 below.
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Mirrored Black Ceiling
Mirroring the floor onto the ceiling is always a fun design trick. This office carries the hue through from the marbled black tile to the slatted black ceiling. Neutral decor helps make it airier, along with stunning arched windows to pour in light.Continue to 10 of 25 below.
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Elegant Black Ceiling
Contrary to popular belief, black ceilings can work in tighter spaces, too. In this slim bathroom, the dark tone actually helps lift the height and highlight architectural details, like the molding and woodwork embellishments. Plus, it plays off the artwork and lighting.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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Tonal Black Ceiling
Keeping with the already darker grey walls, this space's black ceiling creates a cohesive and tonal look that feels calming rather than heavy. It's accented with an orby translucent light fixture to introduce lightness as well as pampas grass and an IKEA PAX wardrobe system.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Soothing Black Ceiling
What could have been a cold room is turned instantly snug with a black ceiling in this space. Poured over the entire top, including the molding, it makes the height feel less drastic. Curvy chairs, natural woods, and limewashed walls further ground the space.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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Bohemian Black Ceiling
A bohemian-style space gets a moody makeover with a black ceiling. While bohemian-inspired design is often thought of as colorful and light, a lot of depth and visual intrigue can be added when a darker hue is introduced. Black accents in the artwork, fireplace, and bed frame bring the color scheme together.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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Tuxedo Black Ceiling
If you have a black-and-white theme already going, then a black ceiling will fit right in. This tuxedo-style living room feels more layered and sophisticated with its dark top, providing a welcome contrast to the white walls and seating.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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Nature-Inspired Black Ceiling
An earthy, eerie vibe comes to life in this bedroom with a black ceiling playing off the accent wallpaper. The dark hues are made more soothing with olive green tones scattered throughout the bedding, plants, and throw pillows.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Coffered Black Ceiling
A coffered ceiling—one that has upward indentations framed by beams—is such a fun place to introduce black. It makes the ceiling look even more deep and tall. Plus, it's a great way to bring in playful black and white elements like the floral wallpaper seen here.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Theater Black Ceiling
If you have a home theater, it only makes sense to create that staple black-out feel. This one is fully steeped in deep charcoal so the focus stays on the movie. Although, once the lights are on, pops of brightness appear in the sectional and carpeting.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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Elegant Black Ceiling
Soft curves, delicate embellishments, and organic materials are grounded and elevated all at once with this black ceiling. The hue extends to the crown molding, which allows its ornate design to be further highlighted.Continue to 19 of 25 below.
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Glam Black Ceiling
When it comes to a glam room, sometimes a simple tuxedo palette works best. The look can be amped up with elegant details like gold accents, patterned wallpaper, and an embedded black ceiling—all lit up with bright-as-can-be lighting.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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Tapered Black Ceiling
If your ceiling has a unique shape like this one, it's a great opportunity to play with color and texture. Here, the designer opted to coat the top and tapered portions in black, offering the illusion of more height. The bottom half of the walls are clad in white shiplap for a bout of contrast.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Outdoor Black Ceiling
An outdoor space doesn't mean you can't have a ceiling. This patio is topped with an obsidian pergola, complete with oversized pendants hanging below it. Note that the hue plays off the dark furniture and fencing.Continue to 22 of 25 below.
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Slatted Black Ceiling
So much coolness and modernity happens in this dark loft, with string lights draped nonchalantly through a slatted black ceiling. Luxurious materials like velvet, as well as black-stained woods and contemporary art, ring in the theme.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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Angled Black Ceiling
If you've got a slanted ceiling, you can play into it by highlighting it in black. This enhances the illusion, making the space feel even more angular. It works especially great in a room like this, which has lots of clean lines and geometric silhouettes.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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Framed Black Ceiling
Elegance meets moody in this ornate bedroom. A glassy pendant drips from an elaborately detailed base on the ceiling, surrounded by inky paint to make it stand out. The ceiling is further framed by a bay window and white crown molding.Continue to 25 of 25 below.
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Minimalist Black Ceiling
Who says black can't be minimalist? This Scandinavian-style powder room feels all the more intimate with its black ceiling, made lighter by sheer drapes, a softly glowing mirror, and pared-back ceramics.
What Does a Black Ceiling Do for a Room?
Black ceilings serve many functions. In lofty spaces, they create the illusion of less height so that a room feels more cozy and intimate. On the other hand, ceilings with unique characteristics, like coffered or tapered ceilings, can have the opposite effect, creating the illusion of more height. The darker hue naturally imbues warmth into spaces. Black ceilings can also highlight trim, crown molding, or other special architectural features to make them pop. In open-concept spaces, painting part of the ceiling black can define an area—like the dining room, for instance—so that it feels like its own designated space.
Does a Black Ceiling Make a Room Look Smaller?
It's a general rule of thumb that if the ceiling is a darker color than the walls, it makes the ceiling feel closer and the room feel smaller. So, if you have a low ceiling, you'll want to keep this in mind: painting them a dark color can make the room feel cramped.
Does a Black Ceiling Make a Room Look Dark?
Deep hues like black absorb light, so they generally do make a room look darker. This can be a positive, though, as the darkness makes a space feel more intimate and warm. Plus, with lighter walls, a black ceiling can provide contrast, making those brighter tones really stand out.