Ceiling ideas for daring kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms

Thinking about elevating your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom? Then, look up. Forget clinical white – we’re exploring fun and daring ideas to decorate your ceiling, from magical murals to pretty paint.

Whether you want to be a bit more daring with colour or go all-out with striking patterns, we’ve got plenty of ceiling ideas lined up.

There are plenty of ways to embrace a decorated ceiling. For example, you can try the colour-blocking technique to boost your mood in the kitchen or choose a dark shade to wrap your bedroom in a cocooning feeling. In your bathroom, why not install a botanical mural to teleport to a tranquil retreat?

Not a fan of colour? No problem! Opt for limewash paint, exposed concrete, or a metallic finish to show your ceilings a bit of love.

Decorating the ceiling is always a good idea in our book! Be it though paint, wallpapers or murals – it’s an easy and effective way of taking your home to the next level.

Ready to get inspired and your moodboard going? Then let’s take a look…

Decorating ideas for your kitchen

neutral dining room design with modern-rustic dining solutions
Crown’s Dash of Nutmeg embraces the bottom half of the wall while Mustard acts as a border and envelops the ceiling in warmth. From £25 for 2.5 litres of easyclean flat matt emulsion each.
floral wallpaper mural on the ceiling of a neutral shaker kitchen
If you love neutral palettes, then why not create a pared-back look in your kitchen with timeless cabinetry in creamy tones and a matching mural on the ceiling? The Van Gogh Almond Blossom wallpaper mural in beige, from £26 per sq m, from Bobbi Beck, picks up the shade of the cabinetry in this design while the floral motifs offer a dreamy aesthetic.
limewash paint in a retro living room
Limewash plaster in terracotta tones helps add interest and depth to any space. It’s best to apply multiple thin coats using a block brush for that tactile effect. This way, you will avoid the limewash running down the wall. A neutral hue will allow full creativity when it comes to the overall design of the room. This retro scheme features bold colours for a pop of personality and Havwoods’ Douglas Fir Snow Select 30cm one-strip boards flooring, from £177.95 per sq m, which seamlessly blend in. Photography: Edmund Dabney.

Bedroom ceiling ideas

bedroom design with pink paint, patterned wallpaper and wooden bed
Create a cocooning feeling by painting your ceiling in a calming colour. Soft blush tones and muted mauves help ensure a soothing atmosphere, making it easy to unwind at the end of the day. Keep your furnishings in the same tones and opt for patterned wallcoverings to add interest, such as the striking Crane Fonda wallpaper in Soft Copper, £150, from Divine Savages.
green bedroom with patterned wallpaper
Dare to go dark? Cover your ceiling in a moody hue. But don’t stop there. Match the decorative details to the same shade for a sleek scheme. To ensure a uniform look, coordinate the paint colours with your wallcoverings. In this bedroom, the walls are dressed in Lovers’ Toile wallpaper in Puck, £102 per roll, while the ceiling is painted in Puck, £54.50 for 2.5 litres of absolute matt emulsion, and the woodwork and dado rail are in Puck, £83.50 for 2.5 litres of intelligent satinwood, all Little Greene.
bedroom design with simple green paint and red and white stripes
Stripes are back in style! And what better way to show your ceiling some love than with a painted graphic pattern? This colourful bedroom uses a mix of Incarnadine No.248 Estate emulsion, £54.50 for 2.5 litres, and Breakfast Room Green No.81 Modern emulsion, £59 for 2.5 litres, from Farrow & Ball.
A bedroom featuring duck egg blue wallpaper with a floral pattern, covering all walls including the ceiling
Ever thought about wallpapering your ceiling? Give your bedroom a refresh with help from the Floral Bath mural wallpaper in blue, £195 per roll, Sian Zeng.
ceiling design ideas with exposed concrete in an industrial-style bedroom
Create a loft-inspired bedroom with the help of raw concrete, which is growing in popularity. This coarse material is set to add a modern edge to your scheme. It also works in tandem with exposed brickwork. Opt for a low-platform sleep solution, such as the Dorsoo bed and mattress, from £1895, from Back in Action, and bring in natural materials for a grounding feeling.

Bold bathrooms

ceiling ideas: pink and green exotic wallpaper with metro tiles on the wall and a pink freestanding bath in the centre of the bathroom
Transform your bathroom into a tropical paradise using a mural embellished with palm leaves, such as the Lush green and pink wallpaper, £85 per roll, from Woodchip & Magnolia. Install it on the ceiling so you can admire its beauty while enjoying a relaxing soak. But remember – it needs to be waterproof so it doesn’t deteriorate in time from high humidity.
ceiling ideas: maximalist bathroom design with patterned walls
More of a maximalist? Take your ceiling out of the ordinary with wallpaper featuring intricate patterns. Opt for striking designs such as the Artemis wallpaper in Jadeite, from £140 per roll, House of Hackney. Cover your walls in contrasting exotic prints, such as the Flora Fantasia wallpaper, seen here on the right-hand wall panel, in Ecru, from £140 per roll.
luxury gold bathroom design with marble vanity and patterned wallpaper
Ceiling ideas can be glamorous. Wrap yours in metallic foil wallpaper for a luxurious touch, but pick a waterproof design for high-humidity spaces. The ceiling in this design by Hotel Creative is finished with 23-carat gold leaf. The walls are adorned with hand-painted St Laurent wallpaper by De Gournay. Complete the look with glamorous sanitaryware such as the Double Locky vanity with Arabescato marble, from £8586, from Drummonds.

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