10 Crazy Things to Do on the Ceiling

10 Crazy Things to Do on the Ceiling

Nancy Mitchell
Jul 11, 2014
(Image credit: Design Crisis)

Every room in your home (unless you live in a sphere, in which case send us photos stat) is essentially a box, with six sides (or maybe a few more, but you get the idea). Five of those sides — the four walls and the floor — get a ton of attention, while the ceiling is almost always completely neglected. I mean, when was the last time you even thought about what was on your ceiling? But as these photos prove, doing wild and crazy things on the ceiling can have a huge impact on the feel of the room. Here are ten of our favorite ideas.

Above: Erin Williamson, of Design Crisis, painted the ceiling of her entryway with this dynamic sunburst pattern. If you're thinking of trying out an intricate ceiling pattern, the entyway is a perfect place to do it — there's a limited area you'll have to cover, and, chances are, your entryway doesn't have a lot of other furniture, which will let the crazy ceiling shine.

(Image credit: Sotheby's via Casa Sugar)

A striped ceiling enlivens a kid's bedroom (from Jenna Lyons' old Brooklyn townhome, via Casa Sugar). Maintaining a (mostly) neutral color scheme in the rest of the room keeps things from getting too crazy.

(Image credit: Magnus Anesund)

If patterns aren't your thing, perhaps you would consider a ceiling painted in a single bold, solid color? Here, a red ceiling adds the perfect jolt of liveliness to an otherwise minimal room. Magnus Anesund for Elle Decor.

(Image credit: Elle Decor España)

We love the look of a ceiling that's painted the same color as the walls, like this one from Elle Decor España.

(Image credit: Yatzer)

You've seen chalkbaord paint in pretty much every other imaginable place in the home... but what about on the ceiling? You can scrawl all sorts of messages to yourself, without the same sort of visual clutter you'd get from having a chalkboard on the wall. Just, um, watch out for dust. Image from Yatzer.

(Image credit: Laplace & Co)

If paint on the ceiling doesn't tickle your fancy, you can still create something with a big impact with decorative moldings. Of course everything about this room (by designers Laplace & Co.) is fantastic, but the intricate ceiling is the perfect finishing touch.

(Image credit: Gilles & Boissier)

For the very bold, there's this combination of moldings and brilliant color, which adds just the right amount of elegant whimsy to a Paris apartment by Gilles & Boissier.

(Image credit: Lonny)

How about wallpaper on the ceiling? In this space from Lonny, an intricate pattern on the ceiling makes for a cozy, intimate feel.

(Image credit: Dwell)

A wooden ceiling (like this one in a Brooklyn home from Dwell) adds warmth and texture to a room.

(Image credit: Design Sponge)

This might be the only thing in this post that is truly crazy — doors? On the ceiling? Believe it. In this lofty space from Design Sponge, it's a crazy idea that kind of works — the louvered door panels add interest and filter light from above.

What do you think? Are any of these things you would try? Or do you love you old white popcorn ceiling just the way it is?

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