Most people focus on their walls, whether it’s changing the color, displaying artwork in gallery style, or hanging a mirror. To add visual interest and flair to your space, consider updating your 5th wall as interior designers like to call it. What is the 5th wall? It’s the ceiling! If you notice, most ceilings are white and flat which can be a bit dull. To give your space some dimension and texture, you can add panels, use beams, create an arched ceiling for architectural appeal, use wood in a herringbone pattern, or gild your ceiling. There are endless options for creating a beautiful stylish ceiling that is the focal point of a room. It will instantly transform your space. Check out some design ideas below to inspire you to give your ceiling a makeover with panache!
1. Coffered Ceiling
A coffered ceiling, also called a sunken ceiling, definitely makes a statement in a room when you walk in. A grid pattern is created using wood, medium-density foam, or fiberboard planks. You can then adorn the panels and beams with molding and other decorative elements if you want to dress it up in a more traditional setting. If you have a modern or contemporary space, keep the coffered ceiling simple and clean.
2. Striped Ceiling
You can paint stripes on the ceiling in various colors or use wallpaper in a striped pattern. Adding stripes will visually elongate your room and make a small space appear larger. It’s great for a bedroom, kids room, office, or nursery.
3. Plaster Ceiling
There are endless options when it comes to plaster ceiling designs. Plaster can easily be molded into all sorts of simple or intricate shapes. Once dry, it is capable of holding its shape and has the added benefit of becoming harder as it ages, making it perfect for paneling, moldings, and cornices. Plus, you can collaborate with your designer to create a design that fits into any style from classic to art deco to contemporary.
4. Gilded Ceiling
Want a sparkle or shimmer to your ceiling? Create a gilded ceiling with gold, silver, or metal leaf. Gilding is the process of applying gold leaf or gold paint to a surface. It could be silver, copper, or another metal, not just gold. This is something you can do yourself if you have the patience. The gold, silver, or metal leaves do come in rolls that makes it easier to apply to large surface areas. For step by step instructions, click here.
5. Metallic Tin Ceiling
Another way to add some shine or metallic look to your ceiling is through tiles. Decorative metal tiles can turn your ceiling into a work of art. Plus, they aren’t just restricted to a classic or period look. Today, there are many metallic tile designs on the market that can fit any interior decor style and can be used in kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms.
6. Tiled Ceiling
Who says glass or ceramic tiles are used only for bathrooms? You can use tiles in the kitchen ceiling like this tiled, barrel-vaulted ceiling design inspired by Paris subway stations. Even though this ceiling was installed with white polished tiles, it definitely makes a bold romantic statement with contemporary appeal.
7. Beamed Ceiling
A ceiling with beams can highlight a large space, support an old room, or make an attic even cozier. Most people associate a country, farmhouse, or rustic look to a space with exposed beams. However, nowadays there are a lot of modern homes and commercial spaces designed with exposed beams which can be accomplished by using either real wood or other material that can be molded, polished, grinded and colored to resemble real wood.
8. Arched Ceiling
Arched ceilings add an elegance and refinement to a home and creates architectural appeal. You can create a dramatic barrel vaulted ceiling the gives your hallway, living room, or kitchen a custom look. Use tile, brick, moldings, beams, and different materials for a visual impact.
9. Sculptural Ceiling
Create a sculptural or artistic ceiling design with the use of lights, wood blocks, glass, or mirrors that will really wow your guests and add visual interest to a room. Or, come up with a theme for your ceiling like a mirrored or glass ceiling opening up to a wonderful view and connection with nature,reminiscent of a glass house.
10. Hand painted Ceiling
Create a striking statement with a painted mural or artistic design that will make your ceiling pop. You can use one color or multiple colors in a floral, geometric, or abstract design. Hire an artist to paint the ceiling or design a pattern yourself for a DIY project with your family and friends!