Wallpapered Ceilings

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Last week we explored painted ceilings as a way of adding color and interest to a room, so let's take it a step further and see what happens when people decide to put wallpaper … on the ceiling.

Wallpaper on the ceiling can enliven a neutral or quiet space with surprising texture and pattern (images 1-5). Certain embossed or textured papers can imitate charming architectural details like pressed tin (image 6). Or wallpaper can cover an entire room, for a saturated, maximalist effect (images 7-10).

I'm a wallpaper fanatic, and generally believe in Mae West's dictum that "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful," but this look is definitely not for everybody. What do you think? Is is too much, or is it wonderful?

1 Kabloom wallpaper from Flavor Paper ($150-350/roll) in a Bricault Design kitchen in Canadian House & Home
2 Kelly Wearstler's own living room via Apartment Therapy LA
3 Veranda via Live, Love, Decorate
4 Interior designed by David Cafiero, from the June/July 2010 Lonny
5 A nursery interior from Domino via Anh-Minh.com, with Coronata Star wallpaper by Osborne & Little (£51.70/roll via Wallpaper Direct)
6 Embossed, paintable wallpaper via Redfin blog. Similar papers available at CreativeWallcovering.com for about $26/roll
7 Live, Love, Decorate
8 Graham and Brown Spirit wallpaper ($70/roll), via mydeco.com blog
9 Tori Mellott's kitchen in Domino via Bride's, with Manuel Canovas "Jouvence" wallpaper in Anis (formerly at Cowtan & Tout)
10 Bedroom by Elizabeth Bauer in the June/July 2010 Lonny.

Images: as linked above