When it comes to designing a room, many homeowners focus on the walls, floors, and furniture but forget about one of the most important elements: the ceiling. The ceiling is the fifth wall in a room and can be a great opportunity to add personality and style to your space. In this article, we will explore some creative ceiling designs to help you enhance the look and feel of any room in your home.

Contemporary bedroom features a yellow painted fireplace mantel with mosaic tiles, a yellow scalloped headboard with lemon print pillows and a pink stripe bolster pillows under a bay window with peacock blue velvet curtains, a matching bed under art and a peacock blue painted ceiling.
Welcoming oak paneled home office features blue plaid chairs placed on either side of a round brown accent table topped with a blue lamp, while one chair is paired with blue plaid bench positioned on a blue vintage rug. A wooden ring chandelier hangs from a blue painted ceiling.
Stylish purple and orange powder room boasts walls covered in purple and orange wallpaper lined with purple crown moldings complementing a purple painted ceiling. A white vanity mirror is mounted between sconces and over a purple wooden washstand finished with a white marble countertop.
Rustic wood beams accent a sloped bathroom ceiling and are fixed above an oval freestanding bathtub positioned under a window to the side of a towel warmer mounted against a shower.
A brass ring chandelier with wooden ceiling beams illuminates a white pedestal dining table with gray skirted slipper chairs.
Rustic wood ceiling beams accent a furnished covered patio lit by blue glass Moroccan lanterns.
Walls and ceilings covered in blue block print wallpaper accent a living room featuring windows dressed in white roman shades and positioned above a white roll arm sofa topped with purple and floral pillows. The sofa is placed on a natural woven rug beside a burl wood end table lit by a clear glass lamp with an orange pleated shade and facing an acrylic waterfall coffee table. The space is completed with peach slipcovered accent chairs.
Under a white and blue wallpapered ceiling, an inset framed medicine cabinet is fixed to white vertical wall tiles over a brown wooden washstand finished with a vintage cross handle faucet mounted to a marble countertop. A drop in bathtub with a glass partition is located beside the washstand and completed with white vertical surround tiles.
Aerin Culloden Lamps atop a brown prism buffet cabinet adjacent to a gray wash wooden dining table fitted with mixed chairs in taupe and white. This transitional dining room boasting coffered ceilings and floral wallpaper for a charming traditional finish.
Large, gorgeous open concept kitchen into a dining room featuring a white two-tone farmhouse dining table with white Tolix chairs and natural linen end chairs. A French crystal chandelier drapes over the modern farmhouse table from stunning coffered ceilings.
Bedroom converted into stunning black and white vintage closet. Black and white closet with glossy white textured wall and ceiling paired with glossy black moldings. Closet windows covered in white roman shades with black ribbon trim and wall-to-wall black and white geometric carpeting. White velvet tufted chaise lounge paired with art deco mirrored nesting tables. Antique brass tole chandelier with black shades and mirrored ceiling medallion. White radiator grates and orchid.
Beautiful galley style modern kitchen pantry features matte black flat front cabinets donning oil rubbed bronze pulls and a black countertop holding a sink beneath a matte black gooseneck faucet. The faucet is fixed beneath glass front cabinets mounted to black textured wall tiles under a black textured tiled ceiling.
Spacious wine cellar features tiled barrel ceilings over built in shelves and a long wooden table atop a gray tiled floor.

Painted Ceilings

One of the simplest ways to add character to your ceiling is with paint. Whether you choose a bold color or a soft hue, painting your ceiling can make a big impact. If you have a small room, painting the ceiling a light color can make the space feel larger. Conversely, if you have a large room, painting the ceiling a dark color can make the space feel more intimate. You can also consider adding a patterned design to your ceiling for a unique touch.

Contemporary bedroom features a yellow painted fireplace mantel with mosaic tiles, a yellow scalloped headboard with lemon print pillows and a pink stripe bolster pillows under a bay window with peacock blue velvet curtains, a matching bed under art and a peacock blue painted ceiling.

Photo Credit: Amy Lind Interiors
Welcoming oak paneled home office features blue plaid chairs placed on either side of a round brown accent table topped with a blue lamp, while one chair is paired with blue plaid bench positioned on a blue vintage rug. A wooden ring chandelier hangs from a blue painted ceiling.

Photo Credit: Sally Steponkus
Stylish purple and orange powder room boasts walls covered in purple and orange wallpaper lined with purple crown moldings complementing a purple painted ceiling. A white vanity mirror is mounted between sconces and over a purple wooden washstand finished with a white marble countertop.

Photo Credit: Andrew Howard

Ceiling Beams

Ceiling beams are a timeless design element that can add warmth and character to any room. Whether you choose wood, metal, or a faux finish, ceiling beams can help define a space and create a cozy atmosphere. In addition to traditional exposed beams, you can also consider faux beams that are made from lightweight materials and can be easily installed.

Rustic wood beams accent a sloped bathroom ceiling and are fixed above an oval freestanding bathtub positioned under a window to the side of a towel warmer mounted against a shower.

Photo Credit: Kelly Nutt Design
A brass ring chandelier with wooden ceiling beams illuminates a white pedestal dining table with gray skirted slipper chairs.

Photo Credit: Marie Flanigan Interiors
Rustic wood ceiling beams accent a furnished covered patio lit by blue glass Moroccan lanterns.

Photo Credit: Tim Clarke Design

Coffered Ceilings

Coffered ceilings are a classic design feature that adds depth and elegance to any room. These ceilings feature a grid of recessed panels that can be square, rectangular, or even hexagonal. Coffered ceilings can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, plaster, and even metal. They can also be painted or stained to match the rest of the room.

Aerin Culloden Lamps atop a brown prism buffet cabinet adjacent to a gray wash wooden dining table fitted with mixed chairs in taupe and white. This transitional dining room boasting coffered ceilings and floral wallpaper for a charming traditional finish.

Photo Credit: UC Custom Homes
Large, gorgeous open concept kitchen into a dining room featuring a white two-tone farmhouse dining table with white Tolix chairs and natural linen end chairs. A French crystal chandelier drapes over the modern farmhouse table from stunning coffered ceilings.

Photo Credit: Jan Jones

Wallpapered Ceilings

If you want to add a pop of pattern or texture to your ceiling, consider wallpaper. Wallpapered ceilings can add a playful or sophisticated touch to any room. Whether you choose a bold floral pattern or a subtle metallic finish, wallpaper can help define a space and add interest to an otherwise plain ceiling. Just be sure to choose a wallpaper that is appropriate for the humidity levels in your room.

Walls and ceilings covered in blue block print wallpaper accent a living room featuring windows dressed in white roman shades and positioned above a white roll arm sofa topped with purple and floral pillows. The sofa is placed on a natural woven rug beside a burl wood end table lit by a clear glass lamp with an orange pleated shade and facing an acrylic waterfall coffee table. The space is completed with peach slipcovered accent chairs.

Photo Credit: Kara Herbert Interiors
Under a white and blue wallpapered ceiling, an inset framed medicine cabinet is fixed to white vertical wall tiles over a brown wooden washstand finished with a vintage cross handle faucet mounted to a marble countertop. A drop in bathtub with a glass partition is located beside the washstand and completed with white vertical surround tiles.

Photo Credit: Amanda Design

Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions are a decorative element that can add a touch of elegance to any room. These circular or oval-shaped ornaments are typically made from plaster or resin and can be painted or finished to match the rest of the room. Ceiling medallions can be installed around a light fixture or used as a standalone decorative element.

Bedroom converted into stunning black and white vintage closet. Black and white closet with glossy white textured wall and ceiling paired with glossy black moldings. Closet windows covered in white roman shades with black ribbon trim and wall-to-wall black and white geometric carpeting. White velvet tufted chaise lounge paired with art deco mirrored nesting tables. Antique brass tole chandelier with black shades and mirrored ceiling medallion. White radiator grates and orchid.

Photo Credit: Anne Hepfer Designs

Textured Ceilings

Textured ceilings are a popular design element that can add depth and interest to any room. Whether you choose a popcorn texture or a more subtle knockdown finish, textured ceilings can help hide imperfections and add visual interest to your space. Just be sure to choose a texture that is appropriate for the style of your room.

Beautiful galley style modern kitchen pantry features matte black flat front cabinets donning oil rubbed bronze pulls and a black countertop holding a sink beneath a matte black gooseneck faucet. The faucet is fixed beneath glass front cabinets mounted to black textured wall tiles under a black textured tiled ceiling.

Photo Credit: LC Interiors
Spacious wine cellar features tiled barrel ceilings over built in shelves and a long wooden table atop a gray tiled floor.

Photo Credit: McCann Design Group

The ceiling is an often overlooked element in room design, but it can be a great opportunity to add personality and style to your space. Whether you choose a painted ceiling, ceiling beams, coffered ceilings, wallpapered ceilings, ceiling medallions, stenciled ceilings, or textured ceilings, there are many creative ways to enhance the look and feel of your ceiling. So, don’t forget to look up and consider these ceiling design ideas for your next home renovation project.

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