28 Best Painted Ceiling Ideas

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    Statement-Making Ceiling Paint Colors

    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...MORE 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Vintage-Inspired Kitchen With a Bead Board Ceiling

    We love retro white kitchens like this one by California based, Charmean Neithart Interiors for their enduring style. To add a little room brightening interest the bead board ceiling was painted a soothing shade of pale blue.

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    Scandinavian-Inspired Living Room With a Bold Teal Ceiling

    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

    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

    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 vibe. The yellow ceiling keeping things upbeat. 

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    Paint Your Ceiling an Airy Shade of Gray

    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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    A Glossy White Ceiling

    Add shine and glitz to any space with a glossy white ceiling, which will reflect light like crazy. In this stylish living room seen on Havenly, Tissue Pink walls and a Chantilly Lace ceiling (both paint colors by Benjamin Moore) provide the perfect backdrop for dark furnishings.

     

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    Paint Ceiling Beams a Contrasting Shade

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

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    Navy Ceiling Brings the Cozy

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

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    Ceiling Painted "Robin's Egg" Blue

    Crown molding adds graceful flare to a ceiling painted Robin's Egg by Valspar Paint. For continuity, the pretty color repeats throughout this living room by Andrew Howard Interior Design located in Jacksonville, Florida.

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    Fake Expensive Wallpaper

    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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    A Crisp White Ceiling

    We mentioned earlier that sometimes white could be a flamboyant ceiling color. Take a peek at this cozy dining room by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design based in Portland, Oregon. The crisp, white ceiling feels dramatic because it is picking up the shadows cast by the moody black walls.  

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    Scandinavian Folk Art Ceiling Mural

    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

    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 it Black

    Extra attention was given to the ceiling in this bachelor pad by Lizette Marie Interiors based in San Francisco, California. After painting it black, the fifth wall was capped off with a bespoke copper light fixture.

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    Paint a Coffered Ceiling Sky Blue and White

    Bring the blue sky indoors with this simple and insanely 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

    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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    Striking the Perfect Balance Between Contrast and Continuity

    Striking the ideal balance between continuity and contrast is of the utmost importance to Chicago based interior designer Mitchell Channon. He said it is key to infusing a space with visual interest and bold personality.

    To develop a sense of drama and contrast in this dining room he painted the walls a deep shade of teal while keeping the ceiling stark white. To create a sense of continuity between the Ingo Maurer Light fixture over the table and the fifth wall, he introduced a subtle repeating...MORE print on the ceiling.

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    A White Ceiling Can Make a Dramatic Impact

    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

    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

    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 vibe.

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    Caribbean Blue Ceiling in a Kitchen

    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

    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

    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.

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    Cosmopolitan Condo With a Black Ceiling

    We are entirely in love with this cosmopolitan condo remodeled by Los Angeles based interior design company Black Lacquer Design. Setting the stylish tone in the open concept space is a jet black ceiling. See the spot above the table? A lighter shade of black was applied to carve out the chic dining area below.