How to turn your ceiling into a design statement

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When painting a room, what do you do with your ceiling? Chances are, like so many of us, you leave it white. In a cloakroom, we often dare to be a little more adventurous, but in other spaces? Not so much, it seems.

But good news: that’s changing. After all, there are so many ideas out there that can turn your ceiling into a statement in and of itself.

Just imagine all the possibilities. How about a warm darker colour, to really embrace the cocooning trend? Or maybe a bold pattern, to express your personality and make friends and family go wow?

There really are almost no limits – if you can imagine it, chances are there will be a away to make it happen.

To get your ideas flowing, here are some of our favourite ceiling design ideas – which one do you like best?

Geometric is good

Geometric ceiling mural

This striking Divert wall mural in black and white by Murals Wallpaper, £36 per sq m, creates a canopy above the kitchen space and complements the dark cabinetry. Move over, plain white – we’re going for the stripes.

Who said your ceiling had to be a solid colour?

Shark mural

Straying from cool shades and fun patterns, this children’s bathroom features a graphic that has been printed onto a back-lit stretched ceiling. Within the small space, this solution by Interior Style Studio creates big impact and adds personality – and we’re sure the shark is a big hit with the little ones.

Go for the gold

Gold ceiling

Metallics are big right now, and we absolutely see why – they make everything look instantly more glamorous. In addition to painting the ceiling in a dramatic colour, you could also choose to cover the coving in the same shade – an effective way of framing the room. Here, the Film, Television and Theatre 002 shade by Mylands, £28.35 for 1 litre, has been used to border the space and highlight the intricate period detail as well as the ceiling.

Make the ceiling fun

Whimsical child's bedroom

Who had glow-in-the dark stars on the ceiling when they were little? This children’s bedroom not only features bright colours, it also puts a modern spin on the classic glow-in-the-dark stars. Cole & Son’s Whimsical Star wallpaper is available from John Lewis & Partners for £80 per roll.

Match ceiling and panelling

Striped ceiling and panelling

Add a directional optical illusion with a striped wallpaper or paint the design for a bespoke finish. As shown here around the bed, wallpaper in graphic and geometric styles can also be used to look like panelling. Both the Tented Stripe BP 1372 and the Plain Stripe BP 1166 cost £65 for a 10m roll, from Farrow & Ball.

Create a cocoon

Cocooning scheme

Dark and moody colours will add depth to your space. Zoffany’s Tabac paint, £46 for 2.5 litres, has been used on the wall and ceiling to envelop the room. It’s also a good way to create a cocooning effect and achieve a cosy feel.

Featured image: Choosing different shades creates a striking contrast in this study area. Extending the light blue shade onto the coving frames the room and hides away the pipework above by blending it in. The Estate Emulsion in Brassica is priced £46.50 for 2.5 litres from Farrow & Ball.

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