Look Up! 18 Standout Ceilings
A painted ceiling in a fresh hue adds an unexpected element to a room and makes it that much more special. It can add architectural interest to a humdrum room, or elevate a space with a subtle hint of pattern or texture. Here are some of our favorite ceilings, ranging from the demure to the downright decorated.
In designer Karen Cole’s 1970s cottage, the kitchen got a humble makeover with the light blue beadboard on the ceiling that echoes the light blue lower cabinets. Raw wood shelves add some warmth to the cool white tile backsplash.
Designer and TV host Alexandra Hutchinson sees the ceiling as the “sixth surface” in a room and used this one to its full potential. Bright blue paint accented by a white ceiling medallion helps draw attention to the stunning pendant light, a neat trick to help accent feature lighting.
Using a warm grey-blue on the ceiling and walls above crisp white panelling helps make a feature of the sloped ceiling in this bedroom.
This ceiling is painted a slightly lighter shade of mint green than the wall color, which finishes the look without overwhelming and works nicely with the charcoal grey below.
In an unexpected move, Tara Fingold used grasscloth on the ceiling of her formal dining room to add texture and interest. The square shape echoes the dining table below and creates a cozy environment.
With brightly colored bar stools, a richly hued rug and navy blue fridge, white walls temper the splashes of color. But over the dining area, hidden in between the dark wood beams, a navy ceiling peeks out and helps tie it all together.
The coffered ceiling of this great room ties the blue and white decorating scheme together. The light ceiling also helps soften the dark wood flooring.
Looking the opposite way, the ceiling color of the great room ties in with the silvery-blue walls of the adjoining dining room and kitchen. This makes the rooms feel distinct yet cohesive.
A deep indigo paint color on the walls and ceiling of Drake General Store co-founder Carlo Colacci’s living room creates a cozy vibe.
For a contemporary and moody feel, the homeowners painted the walls and ceiling of their family room the same glossy grey to add drama. Soft furnishings add texture and depth.
Instead of going with the classic whitewash used elsewhere in this Muskoka, Ontario, cottage, designer Cameron MacNeil opted for a dramatic dark ceiling in the screened-in room. The expansive walls of windows and stone fireplace add enough light to keep things feeling open and airy.
For the main floor powder room at his seaside retreat in Chester, N.S., designer Philip Mitchell painted the panelled walls and pitched ceiling in a rich, warm olive hue. With shadows from the light of the nautical sconces, it almost creates a striped design effect, drawing the eye upwards.
In the kitchen of her Barbados vacation home, designer Colette van den Thillart opted for a fun, beachy vibe. The ceiling was painted in stripes of pink and white, which picks up on the upholstery of the nearby cushions and also evokes the idea of striped beach umbrellas.
In her pint-sized 400-square-foot studio condo, Alison Pringle broke all the rules and went bold. In the main living space, Alison brought the sky-high views inside with a cool blue ceiling.
Looking at the living room and windows, it’s clear how much light reflects off the ceiling, which means the color and overall ambience of the space will change as the light does.
Never one to shy away from color, James Davie’s office is brimming with complementary hues. Picking up on the green accents in the table and chairs, the green ceiling provides a nice foil against the bright pink carpet.
In the entryway of a Florida vacation home, the clean white decor is given some energy with a very pale blue ceiling. It’s soft enough not to overwhelm the space, but makes enough of an impact to stand out.
In this country estate, designer Christie Hansen had the cypress ceiling pickled to remove the orange tint. As well as giving it a more serene look, it also preserves the knots and wood grain to provide some visual depth.