A Gallery of Painted Ceilings

As we've seen from the Small Cool contest entries, color can enliven and personalize a home, from a burst of color in an exuberant room to a mellow wash of color in a serene one. But walls aren't the only potential canvas in your home — as these rooms show, sometimes the best option is to look up.

Painted ceilings look best paired with muted walls — otherwise, you might end up with a room that feels overwhelming or claustrophobic. That said, with the right hue, adding color to your ceiling is a creative and easy way to redecorate without buying new furniture or accessories.

1. A mustard-yellow ceiling compliments a bright pink couch in Chris & Steve's Colorful Gothic Family House.
2. A bubble-gum pink ceiling accentuates the architure of this gorgeous room from The Marion House Book.
3 . A shiny, pale blue ceiling looks almost ethereal against the lake views of this home from Sköna Hem.
4. Jeffrey Bilhuber plays off the Hermès box trend with this lacquered orange ceiling.
5. A blue ceiling pops against white walls and orange accents in this room from House Beautiful.

Image Credits: 1. Apartment Therapy 2. The Marion House Book 3. Magnus Selander for Sköna Hem. 4. Bilhuber & Associates 5. House Beautiful.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.