27 Best Painted Ceiling Ideas

Bedroom with gray painted ceiling and walls with made bed in middle

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

Did your favorite room lose its va-va-voom? We suggest looking up. If all you see is a dull paint color than perhaps it is time to show your fifth wall a little love. 

In most homes, a boring neutral shade is the default ceiling color — and we think that is a missed decorating opportunity. Why? Just like your four walls, the right paint color above can transform the look and feel of a space. To drive our point home, we gathered our favorite statement ceilings to show how a couple of coats of paint can take any room in your home to new stylish heights. Spoiler alert — when done right even white can be an exciting ceiling color.

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    Gray Ceiling That Matches the Wallpaper

    gray painted ceiling in dining room with wallpaper
    Martha O’Hara Interiors

    A stately shade of gray makes a lofty impression in this contemporary dining room by Martha O’Hara Interiors based in Austin, Texas. The color of the ceiling matches the large scrolling leaf wallpaper by Graham and Brown. 

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    Create a High Ceiling Effect

    painting your ceiling darker than your walls
    Mitchell Channon Design

    Here is a trick for making a standard eight-foot ceiling feel a mile high. When remodeling this small living room, the residential interior designers at Chicago based Mitchell Channon Design paired dark gray paint with lighter color wallpaper to create a high ceiling effect. The winning combination made the room feel much bigger without raising the roof.

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    A White Room With a Lemon Yellow Ceiling

    yellow kitchen ceiling
    Tara Seawright Interior Design

    Take your white kitchen to the next level with this bright idea by Tara Seawright Interior Design based in New York City. The design team warmed things up with a cheerful lemon yellow ceiling

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    Faux Stone Ceiling

    Faux stone painted ceiling in formal dining room
    RLH Studio

    Lend a little architectural interest to your ceiling with a faux stone paint treatment. A, for instance, is the fifth wall in this contemporary dining room by interior design firm RLH Studio located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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    Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room With a Bold Teal Ceiling

    Teal shiplap ceiling in scandi inspired living room
    New England Design Elements

    New England Design Elements located in Londonderry, New Hampshire created this Scandinavian inspired living room filled with neutral décor and natural elements. Counterbalancing the white walls is the bead board ceiling painted a shade called Vardo by Farrow and Ball.

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    Circus-Inspired Ceiling in a Child's Room

    children's room with painted circus ceiling
    Lizette Marie Interior Design

    Top off a child's room with a circus tent inspired ceiling. The main attraction in this space is by Lizette Marie Interior Design located in San Francisco, California. 

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    Create a Colorful Book Nook With Magical Colors

    Stairway landing in a kid friendly home
    Smith and Vansant Architects

    A window in a home's hallway landing was turned into a cheerful book nook for kids thanks to a colorful paint job. Smith and Vansant Architects designed the space. The purple walls lend a magical feel. The yellow ceiling keeping things upbeat. 

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    Paint Your Ceiling an Airy Shade of Gray

    white and gray bedroom
    Martha O'Hara Interiors

    Combined with the stunning, white wall trim, a fresh and airy shade of gray enlivens the ceiling in this bedroom by Martha O'Hara Interiors located in Austin, Texas. We love this particular paint color called Horizon by Benjamin Moore because it's not too dark or light.

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    Paint Ceiling Beams a Contrasting Shade

    hunter green ceiling beams

    Dress up ceiling beams with paint. In this boho style bedroom spotted on Homepolish, a matte white and hunter green ceiling adds visual depth.

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    Navy Ceiling Brings the Cozy

    Navy blue ceiling in boys rooms
    Jordan Shields Design

    Jordan Shields Design, a boutique firm based in Los Angeles, California created this kids' bedroom. The bold navy ceiling is an unexpected touch that makes the modestly sized space feel extra cozy.

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    Fake Expensive Wallpaper

    diy painted stars on ceilings in nursey
    Honey and Fitz

    Cannot afford that expensive wallpaper you have been eyeing for your ceiling? Here is a tip from Dina Holland, the designer behind the blog Honey and Fitz. Instead of paying $242 per roll for a pricey wallpaper pattern called Little's Coronata Star by Osborne & Little, she duplicated the design using paint and inexpensive decals.

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    Scandinavian Folk Art Ceiling Mural

    painted ceiling in a rustic cottage
    Virge Temme Architecture

    Virge Temme Architecture based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin painstakingly restored this decorative Scandinavian inspired ceiling mural in a client's weekend retreat. The painting hovers over the dining room. 

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    Vaulted Ceiling With Purple Beams

    arched ceiling with purple beams
    Black Lacquer Design

    An Arts and Crafts home was transformed into a saucy slice of glam paradise by Black Lacquer Design based in Los Angeles, California. The vaulted ceiling in the living room features purple painted beams that create an unforgettable first impression. The unusual interior paint color matches the pretty floral wallpaper on the right.

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    Paint a Coffered Ceiling Sky Blue and White

    Coffered ceiling with Coffers Painted Sky Blue
    Erika Bonnell Interiors

    Bring the blue sky indoors with this simple and extremely elegant idea by Erika Bonnell Interiors based in Washington, D.C. The designer painted the coffered ceiling blue and white recreating the feeling of a bright clear day inside the living room.

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    Turn a Hallway into an Eye-Catching Feature

    wavy paint job with dark gray ceiling
    Dayka Robinson Designs

    Free-spirited decorators may want to copy this unique paint job by Dayka Robinson Designs. The Atlanta, Georgia based interior designer turned a narrow hallway into an eye-catching feature by painting a tricolor wavy pattern onto the walls. The dark gray paint on the ceiling creates the illusion of height.

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    A White Ceiling Can Make a Dramatic Impact

    semi glossy white ceiling with charcoal tile walls
    Charmean Neithart Interiors

    Sometimes a plain white ceiling can make a significant impact in a small space as shown in this teensy, modern cabin by Charmean Neithart Interiors situated in South Pasadena, California. The fifth wall offsets the dark walls, which makes the tiny room feel twice its actual size.

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    Moody Purple Ceiling is Downright Chic

    Dark purple living room ceiling with gray walls
    Lizette Marie Interior Design

    When designing this space, the San Francisco based company Lizette Marie Interior Design wanted to throw focus to the vaulted ceiling. The moody purple paint color makes this stylish room downright chic.

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    Starburst-Inspired Ceiling in a Travel-Themed Nursery

    striped ceiling in kids room with ceiling fan
    Red Egg Design Group

    We adore this starburst inspired ceiling in this travel-themed nursery by Red Egg Design Group based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The neutral gray walls allow the fifth wall to shine. At the center of the design is a brushed chrome ceiling fan with a retro feel.

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    Caribbean Blue Ceiling in a Kitchen

    kitchen with teal ceiling
    CG Allan Interior Architecture and Design

    A slick ceiling paint color called Caribbean Blue Water by Benjamin Moore enlivens this 1970s inspired kitchen by CG Allan Interior Architecture and Design.

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    White and Gray Coffered Ceiling

    coffer ceiling unique paint job
    Andrew Howard Interior Design

    Architectural details pop in this tasteful, contemporary living room by Andrew Howard Interior Design based in Jacksonville, Florida. The beams carving out the pattern in the coffered ceiling are a soft shade of gray while the recesses were painted a hue called Designer White by Benjamin Moore.

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    Dramatic Ceiling That Throws to Stunning Light Fixtures

    blue ceiling in stunning gray and white kitchen
    Mitchell Channon Design

    A bright blue ceiling puts a couple of stunning light fixtures center stage in this open concept home by Mitchell Channon Design located in Chicago. Notice the stunning halo crystal chandelier on the left? Above it is a painted faux reflection that draws the eye to the fixture.