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
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.Continue to 2 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 3 of 27 below.
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A White Room With a Lemon Yellow CeilingContinue to 4 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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Circus-Inspired Ceiling in a Child's RoomContinue to 8 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 9 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 11 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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Navy Ceiling Brings the CozyContinue to 13 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 15 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 19 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 20 of 27 below.
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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 print on the ceiling.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 22 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 23 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 24 of 27 below.
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Caribbean Blue Ceiling in a KitchenContinue to 25 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 26 of 27 below.
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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.Continue to 27 of 27 below.
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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.