22 Ceiling Design Ideas to Make a Statement

shiplapped ceiling

Creative Tonic

Take a second to look up at your ceiling. Is it totally plain and painted a simple white hue? Well, you can change that—by no means does your ceiling have to be boring! Decorated ceilings are everywhere as of late, and they add so much intrigue to any room. Whether you're looking to add some pizzazz to your living room, bedroom, or even bathroom, you'll want to take a look at the 22 creative and stylish ceiling decoration ideas below. They all make a major statement and prove that there's no need to steer away from wallpaper, paint, shiplap, and so much more.

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    Keep It Scandinavian

    wood beam ceilings

    Benjamin Johnston

    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.

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    Design Around Your Beams

    beamed ceilings with wallpaper

    Benjamin Johnston

    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.

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    Get Happy

    wallpapered ceiling with pattern

    Creative Tonic

    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.

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    Make It Luxe With Lacquer

    blue lacquered ceiling

    Creative Tonic

    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.

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    Say Yes to Shiplap

    shiplapped ceiling

    Creative Tonic

    Shiplap remains popular and it makes this spacious kitchen appear even more airy and welcoming. You could paint the shiplap in the hue of your choosing, of course, but there is definitely nothing wrong with plain white.

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    Mix It Up

    pattern contrast on ceiling

    Creative Tonic

    Pattern mixing is A-OK, so even if the print that is featured on your ceiling is fairly different than what's on your floors, so be it! Plus, powder bathrooms like this one are all about taking design risks and doing something a little unexpected; you can easily section them off from the rest of the home, after all.

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    Wallpaper Just a Bit

    wallpapered portion of ceiling

    Creative Tonic

    Why wallpaper your entire ceiling when you can just tackle a portion of it? Here, the rounded portion of this tall bathroom ceiling gets a little extra love in the form of a sweet starry wallpaper print.

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    Go Green Everywhere

    green painted ceiling

    Creative Tonic

    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?

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    Prioritize a Special Portion

    wallpapered portion of tall ceiling

    Elizabeth Krueger Design

    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.

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    Go Rustic

    weathered wood ceiling

    Kara Childress

    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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    Tile It Up

    formal tiled ceiling

    Kara Childress

    Fancy tile on the ceiling of this formal living room takes the space to the next level by adding an intricate touch that's sure to catch your eye. This grand parlor takes us back to centuries past.

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    Use Moody Blues

    moody wallpapered ceiling

    Kara Childress

    Feeling a bit moody? Go ahead and embrace it by playing with shades of blue all over your space. A muddled blue ceiling matches the walls without being 100 percent matching.

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    Keep Wallpaper Going

    wallpaper continued onto ceiling

    Lucinda Loya Interiors

    If you love a certain wallpaper pattern, there's no need to stop with it when the walls end. Continue and wallpaper your ceiling so that your bedroom feels like a darling jewel box.

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    Admire the Clouds

    clouds painted on ceiling

    Lucinda Loya Interiors

    Clouds on the ceiling are just too cute, whether in a child's room or even in an adult's space. This setup is actually in a bathroom, meaning that you can sit back in the tub and pretend you're enjoying a dip outdoors. If you're artistic, you could even paint clouds like these yourself!

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    Paint It Black

    black ceiling

    Lucinda Loya Interiors

    A black ceiling is always a wow-worthy touch. If your ceiling is older and has seen some wear, black paint can also help to hide any ultra-visible flaws. It's a win-win.

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    Embrace the Contrast

    contrast on ceiling

    Lucinda Loya Interiors

    Who doesn't love a little bit of contrast from time to time? Pink and brown make for a fab pairing and add a touch of glamour and vintage charm to this bedroom. Brown and white curtains help to solidify the look.

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    Pick Two Fave Patterns

    striped ceiling

    Lucinda Loya Interiors

    If you really just can't choose between two totally different patterns, you can always consider placing one print on the walls and another on the ceiling. Maximalists, you'll be all over this powder room! Just look at the too-cool black and white stripes above.

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    Don't Forget About Function

    slatted ceiling with track lighting

    Mohon Interiors

    Curved ceilings in a loft feature slatted wood that's sleek, minimalist, and modern. Track lighting provides a practical function while meshing with the design flawlessly.

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    Incorporate a Honeycomb Design

    honeycomb style ceiling

    Benjamin Johnston

    A honeycomb-style ceiling adds an artful touch to a living room. Of course, it could always be painted in two or three different colors for a funkier result. Decisions, decisions...

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    Try a Tray

    tray ceiling

    Creative Tonic

    Tray ceilings are quite common, and this one is pretty simple, featuring shades of gray that are carried elsewhere throughout this family-friendly gathering space. Gray adds so much coziness to any room, making it great for a lounge area.

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    Let the Light Shine In

    white tray ceiling

    Elizabeth Krueger Design

    White tray ceilings look right at home in a sunlit living room and allow natural light to be the main focus of the space. There's nothing wrong with keeping it classic if that's the look you prefer.

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    Think Organic

    wood beamed ceiling

    Elizabeth Krueger Design

    Beamed ceilings in a long hallway contribute to this home's California cool design. The addition of other organic materials, such as wicker plant pots, keeps the aesthetic going.