The ceiling may not be the first place you'd think of to put wallpaper — it is called wallpaper, after all — but maybe it should be. Setting aside the obvious difficulty of getting it up there to begin with, adding wallpaper to your ceiling is the perfect way to add a little pattern to a room without completely overwhelming the space. Check out these 11 examples of wallpapered ceilings in all kinds of rooms, and maybe you'll be inspired to take the plunge.
Above: Designer Rafael de Cárdenas breathes life into a simple, mostly beige palette in this home from Architectural Digest, with the swirling stone-like wallpaper overhead stealing the show.
Most of the elements of this office from Home Adore are fairly understated... until you get to the ceiling, which delivers an unexpected (though certainly not unwelcome) dose of pattern.
I like the idea of using a wallpapered ceiling to liven up a smaller space, like a bathroom or an entry hall (as seen in this Dallas home).
A bold geometric adds liveliness to this hallway from Lonny.
The rest of the room is quite simple, but the ceiling in this room from Homepolish packs a punch of pattern.
This space spotted on Made by Girl works a cheerful heart print on the ceiling (which mirrors the heart-shaped photo collage behind the couch).
Wallpaper on the ceiling adds a little lightness to a dark and very cozy library from House Beautiful.
If you think about it, the kitchen is the perfect place for this — wallpaper on the ceiling adds style but stays out of the way of grease and spills. A palm-printed wallpaper adds the perfect tropical touch to the kitchen in Audra's Virginia home.
A delicate, traditional pattern helps to round out a very modern space from The D Pages.
As further evidence, here's a nursery with a wallpapered ceiling from Wayfair. Click the link to get step-by-step instructions for wallpapering your ceiling.
You get extra points for papering the walls and the ceiling, which can make for an otherworldly, immersive experience. This bedroom from House Beautiful, which features Fornasetti's Nuvolette wallpaper, keeps the color palette simple to allow the boldly patterned walls and ceiling to take center stage.