Home Projects

Ideas to Steal From The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings

updated May 3, 2019
We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing.
Post Image

If you enjoy decorating, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about what to put on the walls, and the floor — but what about the ceiling? A room has six sides, and this sixth one often goes unnoticed. Which is a pity, because the right ceiling can really make a room. With some great ceiling details, you can turn a boring room into one that’s bursting with architectural character. Here are a few ideas.

Follow Topics for more like this

Follow for more stories like this

(Image credit: Elle Denmark)

I love a good ceiling medallion — it’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to make a light fixture stand out and add character to a room. In this photo from Elle Decoration, a ceiling medallion and a sculpted crown molding are all it takes to add architectural interest to a space.

(Image credit: French by Design)

Sometimes a big space calls for a big ceiling medallion, like this one in a home from French by Design. This is actually in a kids’ room — I love the idea of creating a grand look for a little person’s space.

(Image credit: Est Magazine)

For an especially dramatic look, try a ceiling medallion combined with another ring of molding, as seen on Est Magazine.

(Image credit: Wrede)

Painting your ceiling is doubly dramatic when you combine that with a beautifully detailed crown molding, like in this example from Wrede, via Lark & Linen. Paint the molding, too, for the best effect.

(Image credit: Light Locations)

To make a tall space seem cozier, you can visually bring down the ceiling by adding a molding a few feet below the place where the ceiling meets the walls and painting everything above. In this bedroom from Light Locations, a yellow ceiling adds warmth and cheer to the whole room.

(Image credit: House & Garden)

A second molding, running just inside the first, can really enhance the look of a space, as in this colorfully painted living room from House & Garden.

(Image credit: Lonny)

Here’s the same effect in a cozy living room from Lonny. The crown mold here is composed of what look like multiple pieces, including a cove mold in the middle. Painting the molding white helps it to stand out from the dark walls, and the red painted ceiling takes on a coffered effect.

(Image credit: Freistil Rolf Benz)

This dining room ceiling, with the panels created by molding along the edges, is beautiful intricate, but would be fairly easy to re-create at home. Image by Florian Braun for Freistil Rolf Benz.

(Image credit: Luis Laplace)

This ceiling, in a space by Luis Laplace, is by far the most elaborate of all these examples — but even this could be re-created with a little picture molding, affixed in a diamond pattern to the ceiling. The only limit, really, is your imagination.