Covering your ceiling with wallpaper is a confident decor move that can add color, pattern, texture, and excitement to virtually any room. Treating the ceiling like a fifth wall and lavishing it with decorative features such as paint, murals, or moldings has a long history in architecture and interior design. But adding statement ceiling wallpaper feels both fresh and unexpected in a time when covering it with drywall and white paint is the norm.
Whether you are looking to add some excitement and a focal point to the living room, bedroom, nursery, bathroom, kitchen, or any other space in the house, these stylish rooms that will show you how using wallpaper for the ceiling can elevate your decor.
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Accentuate a Slanted Ceiling
In this 1950s Texas lake house primary bedroom from Erin Williamson Design, the slant of the ceilings and shape of the architecture is accentuated with patterned wallpaper that adds texture and works well with the wood paneling, natural stone accents, and boho design touches.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
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Bring the Drama
Dreamy and dramatic dark floral wallpaper in a giant rose pattern is the focal point and crowning touch in this sophisticated teen room from Judith Balis Interiors. Bold, confident touches like a crystal chandelier, jet black wall paint, and a blingy gallery wall complete the unapologetically glam look.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Try Removable Wallpaper
This nursery from Mel Bean Interiors has subtle patterned wallpaper on the ceiling that adds interest while maintaining the calm feel of the room. If you like the idea of ceiling wallpaper but fear the commitment, try installing removable wallpaper or wall decals that you can change out as the baby grows. Or choose a neutral pattern like this one that can grow with your child and become a touchstone for childhood memories.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Give It a Gold Star
Midnight blue wallpaper smattered with gold stars adds color by day and starry night shimmer after dark in this kids bedroom designed by Curated Nest Interiors.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Add Retro Vibes
This formal dining room from Jules Interiors has bold black-and-white-striped ceilings that set the tone for the rest of the room and complement the wall of nostalgic retro black-and-white photographs.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Bring the Butterflies
This bright Manhattan Beach, CA bedroom from Hunter Carson Design gets a lift with a riot of colorful butterflies on the ceiling wallpaper designed by Christian Lacroix and a complementary window shade to filter the light.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Swirl It Around
Adding ceiling wallpaper in a fun color or playful pattern is one way to signal that your buttoned up, well styled decor might look like a million bucks but doesn't take itself too seriously. This chic, neutral-toned living room from Leanne Ford Interiors has an eclectic mix of sculptural furnishings, a custom fireplace accent wall, and swirly blue-and-white patterned wallpaper on the ceiling that adds a spirited twist.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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This modern farmhouse bunk room from Martha O’Hara Interiors has a soft neutral palette of pale wood, white, and gray, with a dark wallpapered ceiling that adds contrast.
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Match the Ceiling to the Walls
This teen room from Chango & Co. is energized with fun pale blue zebra-striped wallpaper that covers the entire surface of the room, from the angled ceiling to the floor boards.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Cheat the Architecture
So maybe your living room doesn't have an ornately fashioned stucco ceiling like the Parisian apartment of your dreams. Go ahead and cheat the architecture with large scale faux ceiling details using wallpaper like this design from Rebel Walls that will add a sense of timeless elegance and history to your modern space.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Balance a Colorful Room
Wallpaper with a neutral-toned ikat print adds pattern without competing with the bright pink and turquoise furnishings and decor of this colorful living room from Dekay and Tate Interiors.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Block It Out
Block print Kasai wallpaper by Thibault adds color and a geometric circular pattern with a bohemian-style flair in this Seattle bedroom designed by The Residency Bureau.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Slap on a Stripe
In this taupe and white baby room from Sissy + Marley Interior Design, a bold striped ceiling adds just the right amount of playfulness and whimsy, bringing the high ceilings down a smidgen to make the room feel more cozy.
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Embellish the Bed Nook
In this boys room from Think Chic Interiors, starry night wallpaper on the dropped ceiling of the built-in bed niche adds definition in the large open room and a touch of childlike wonder.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Frame It Out
In this gray-and-white living room from JLA Designs, ceiling moldings painted in crisp white look like something of a frame that highlights the graphic patterned ceiling wallpaper in shades of gray and silver.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Apply Blue-Sky Thinking
The slanted ceiling of this serene nursery from Maison Ellie
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Lighten Up the Basement
Bold floral ceiling wallpaper adds mood-boosting color to this basement home office from Casa Watkins Living,Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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Use Tonal Shades
This tonal bathroom from JLA Designs is done up in a mix of textural patterns in shades of gray for a calming, cohesive look, from the flooring to the wall treatment to the ceiling wallpaper.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Accentuate the Acoustics
This Nashville music room from Forbes + Masters has '70s vibes and dark floral sound-absorbing wallpaper on the ceilings.
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Keep It Understated
Subtle ceiling wallpaper with blue watercolor dots complements this colorful playroom from JLA Designs without overshadowing the royal blue couch, colorful artwork and throw pillows, and striped zigzag rug on the floor.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
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Play Around with Dots
Whimsical multi-colored dotted wallpaper climbs the walls and covers the ceiling of this cheerful and spacious playroom designed by Chango & Co.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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Gild the Ceiling
This home office from JLA Designs adds luminosity and a touch of glamour with metallic finishes like the gilded wallpaper on the ceiling, and silver geometric wallpaper lining the back of the open built-in shelving wall.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Dark gray grasscloth ceiling wallpaper adds texture to this Austin, TX formal dining room from Martha O’Hara Interiors.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Import Some Grandeur
Add a bit of old world grandeur to your cookie cutter living room with this faux painted ceiling wallpaper from Rebel Walls that is worthy of a European palace.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
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Let the Sunshine In
This little home office nook from Maestri Studio has touches of gold on the walls and sunburst patterned ceiling wallpaper that add contrast with the dark wood finishes and give the small space a lift.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Mix Periods and Styles
This Pittsburgh cottage bathroom from Leanne Ford Interiors has mint green wall tiles that bring the nostalgia, while striking black-and-white patterned wallpaper on the upper walls and ceiling adds contrast and a graphic touch that makes it feel current.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
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Take a Second Look
Wallpaper doesn't have to be bold to make a statement. In this Washington D.C. kitchen from Rise Interiors, pale neutral Deconstructed Stripe wallpaper designed by Miles Redd for Schumacher adds an extremely subtle pattern and extra layer of interest to the fresh white space that isn't obvious at first glance.